All expectations of staid English cinema aside, British actor Adrian Scarborough often forsook more conservative projects to essay a series of genial supporting roles (usually a common everyman) in edgy, occasionally provocative material, nearly always in his native U.K. His resumé includes a turn as biographer Daniel Farson in John Maybury's Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), garage owner Frank (the angelic title character's brother-in-law) in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake (2004), and a minor role in Richard Eyre's visceral psychological drama Notes on a Scandal (2006). Scarborough also tackled period work with a bit part in Shekhar Kapur's period drama Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Won the Chesterton Award for Best Actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
- Nominated for the Ian Charleson Award in 1993 for his performance in The Comedy of Errors at the Royal Exchange in Manchester.
- Made his West End musical debut in Betty Blue Eyes in 2011.
- Voiced a character in Darkside, a radio drama written by Tom Stoppard based on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, in 2013.
- Played the Fool in a 2014 National Theatre production of King Lear, opposite Simon Russell Beale, directed by Sam Mendes.