Bertie Carvel

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of December 16, 2019

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Carvel and Nancy Carroll in
Midsomer Murders, "The Great and the Good"

Despite the fact that Bertie Carvel has been appearing on television every year but one since making his television debut in 2004, he remains someone whose face one tends to recognize but can’t quite put a name to. And that apparently is just how the actor likes it.

Carvel is reportedly fiercely protective about his private life and back in 2016 declared that he “would hate to be more famous.” Since then, however, Carvel became the man viewers loved to hate when he played the wife cheating Simon Foster in Doctor Foster, starring Scott & Bailey’s Suranne Jones in the title role.

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Carvel’s 2003 RADA headshot

This year Carvel, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2003, won both a Tony award and the U.K.’s equivalent, an Olivier Award, for his portrayal of media mogul Rupert Murdoch in the play Ink. Carvel is no stranger to the world of journalism. His father John Carvel was a distinguished journalist for the Guardian newspaper.

Ink was Carvel’s second Tony nomination. The first was in 2013 for the hammer (and kid!) throwing bullying Headmistress Miss Trunchbull, in Matilda the Musical, based on the Roald Dahl classic. Trunchbull is a role Carvel originated in 2010 for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year the show transferred to London’s West End, where it bought Carvel his first Olivier award.

Next year, Carvel stars with Rufus Sewell in the BBC’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse. You don’t have to wait until then though to see Carvel in a mystery, as he appears in the December 20 episode of Midsomer Murders. "The Great and the Good,"" which airs at 8pm, originally aired in the U.K. in 2009. It also stars Nancy Carroll, more commonly known as Lady Felicia in Father Brown.

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