Nicholas Woodeson

Nicholas Woodeson Biography

Nicholas Woodeson as Doctor Hall

Nicholas Woodeson is an English actor who has achieved success in film, television and especially in the theatre. Born in Sudan on 30th November 1949, he spent his early childhood in the Middle East, where he developed a keen interest in performing. He first showcased his acting skills at prep school in Sussex, and later at Marlborough College.

Nicholas Woodeson pursued his passion for acting and went on to study English at the University of Sussex. During his university years, he became actively involved in student drama productions, which eventually led him to win a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) from 1972 to 1974.

After completing his training at RADA, Woodeson’s first professional job was with the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool in 1974-75. This theatre company included an impressive line-up of actors such as Jonathan Pryce, Julie Walters, Pete Postlethwaite and Bill Nighy.


Since then, he has worked in regional theatre in both the UK and the US, performing at prestigious venues such as the Hampstead Theatre Club, the Young Vic, the Almeida Theatre in London and the Manhattan Theatre Club Off-Broadway. He was also a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company for seven years, beginning in 1982.

Throughout his career, Nicholas Woodeson has graced the stages of Broadway, West End and National Theatre. He has worked in a variety of productions including Piaf, Good, An Inspector Calls, Jumpers, Chariots of Fire, The Audience, to name a few. He has also appeared in productions of Pinter’s The Birthday Party and The Homecoming. His performance in the Royal & Derngate theatre’s tour of Death of a Salesman earned him a nomination for a UK Theatre Award as Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2017.

Nicholas Woodeson is an accomplished actor on the big screen and televsion, too. His first film role was in Heaven’s Gate, released in 1980. He has since appeared in numerous films including The Russia House, The Pelican Brief, Titanic Town, Skyfall (playing Doctor Hall), The Danish Girl, and The Hustle. He has also been featured in several television dramas such as Cracker, Midsomer Murders, Poirot, and Foyle’s War. He played the character of Posca in two HBO/BBC TV series of Rome, and appeared as Alexander Grozin in DR television production of Borgen.