Perhaps best known for his work in American and British theater, Nathaniel Parker occasionally appears in feature films and on television. Born and raised in London, Parker studied drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; he began his professional career in1986, in a Young Vic's production of Romeo and Juliet. After that, he spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company where he garnered international acclaim for his performance opposite Dustin Hoffman in Sir Peter Hall's production of The Merchant of Venice, which played on both sides of the Atlantic. Parker made his feature debut in War Requiem, the first British made-for-television film to receive theatrical release. Some of his more notable films include Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1995) and Mel Gibson's version of Hamlet (1990), in which Parker played Laertes.
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986.
- Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman in Peter Hall's production of The Merchant of Venice in 1989.
- Appeared as Cassio alongside his wife Anna Parker in Othello (1995).
- Voiced several audio-books and radio plays including The Beast Must Die by Cecil Day-Lewis and Graham Greene's The Tenth Man.
- Played the role of Gordon Brown opposite Helen Mirren in the 2013 West End production of The Audience.
- Originated the role of King Henry VIII in the original RSC production of Wolf Hall in 2013; he stayed with the show through the transfers to the West End in 2014 and Broadway in 2015.