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Nathaniel Parker

Nathaniel Parker

Nathaniel Parker's best known for playing a posh toff detective in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. His other TV credits include Vanity Fair, Bleak House and The Private Life Of Samuel Pepys, while he's also an accomplished theatre and film actor.

What's he been in?

After graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (where he was the star pupil of his year), Nathaniel joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986.

Nathaniel's stage work includes Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the RSC, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice directed by the great Peter Hall and Hotspur in Richard II.

His television career started in 1989 when he starred in Never Come Back. Nathaniel went on to appear in films Hamlet, The Bodyguard (with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston) and Wide Sargasso Sea.

DC Havers and Inspector Lynley

Memorable television appearances include Joanna Trollope's A Village Affair, Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd, psychological thriller Trust, and his role as Dr Dan Gallagher in McCallum.

In 2001, Nathaniel played soldier Rawdon Crawley in Vanity Fair. The same year he filmed the pilot of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries with Sharon Small and the show has gone from strength to strength ever since. In 2005 he took the role of Harold Skimpole in the BBC ONE all-star adaptation of Bleak House.

Did you know?

Rawdon Crawley (Nathaniel Parker)

Nathaniel gets inundated with questions about the flash sports car his character drives in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. It is in fact a Bristol 410.

His brother Oliver is a successful film director. Nathaniel has starred in his films Unsigned and Othello. 

Horses are his passion. He owns top-class horses, his own one being Jellybean. Nathaniel has a quarter share in thoroughbred General Wolfe who finished 12th in the Grand National.

GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips named her baby boy Nathaniel after she met the actor!

Personal Details

Nathaniel was born in London in May 1962. He is married to actress Anna Patrick and they have two daughters, Anjelica and Raphaella.

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