Antony Sher Biography (1949-)

Born June 14, 1949, in Cape Town, South Africa; immigrated to England, 1968,naturalized citizen, 1979; son of Emmanuel (in business) and Margery Sher; companion of Gregory Doran (a director).

Actor, artist, writer
Birth Details
June 14, 1949
Cape Town, South Africa

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Teeth 'n' Smiles, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1975
  • Muhammad, Goose-Pimples, Hampstead Theatre, London, 1981
  • Austin, True West, Cottesloe Theatre, London, 1981-1990
  • Fool, King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, England, then Barbican Theatre, London, 1982-1983
  • Moliere, Other Place Theatre, Stratford, then Pit Theatre, London,1983
  • Title role, Tartuffe, Pit Theatre, London, 1983
  • Martin Glass, Maydays, Barbican Theatre, 1983
  • Marcel Fiote, Red Noses, Barbican Theatre, 1985
  • Title role, Richard III, Barbican Theatre, 1985
  • Arnold Backoff, Torch Song Trilogy, Albery Theatre, London, 1985
  • Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, then Barbican Theatre, 1988
  • Vindice, The Revenger's Tragedy, Swan Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon,then Pit Theatre, 1987-1988
  • Johnny Smit, Hello and Goodbye, Almeida Theatre, London, 1988
  • Peter Singer, Singer, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre,then Pit Theatre, 1990
  • Joseph K., The Trial, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1991
  • Arturo Ui, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Olivier Theatre, London, 1991-1992
  • Mikhail Lvovich Astrov, Uncle Vanya, Cottesloe Theatre, 1992
  • Title role, Tamburlaine the Great, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1994
  • Sir Stanley Spencer, Stanley, Royal National Theatre, London, 1996then Circle in the Square, New York City, 1997
  • Leontes, The Winter's Tale, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1999
  • Title role, Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, thenYoung Vic Theatre, London, 1999-2000 later Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 2000
  • Appeared in Cloud Nine, Royal Court Theatre; The Glad Hand,London production; John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Bert, Lyric Theatre, London; Prayer for My Daughter, London production; Titus Andronicus, National Theatre Company; and Travesties, Royal Shakespeare Company; also appeared in performances of Astonish Me, The Cherry Orchard, A Flea in Her Ear, The Good Woman of Setzuan, TheGovernment Inspector, Knickers, Teeth and Smiles, Twelfth Night,and Ziggomania.
  • Film Appearances
  • Soldier at cinema, Yanks (also known as Yanks--Gestern waren wir noch Freunde), Universal, 1979
  • Bellboy, Superman II, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Mark Gertler: Fragments of a Biography, 1981
  • Oliver Shadey, Shadey, Film Four International, 1984
  • Loki, Eric the Viking (also known as Erik viking), Orion, 1990
  • Moliere, 1990
  • Tartuffe, 1990
  • Dr. Ernest Zeigler, The Young Poisoner's Handbook (also known as Das Handbuch des jungen Giftmischers), 1995 Cineplex Film Properties, 1996
  • Chief weasel, The Wind in the Willows (also known as Mr. Toad'sWild Ride), 1996 Columbia, 1997
  • Jack, Indian Summer (also known as Alive and Kicking), First Look Pictures Releasing, 1996
  • Benjamin Disraeli, Mrs. Brown (also known as Her Majesty, Mrs.Brown), Miramax, 1997
  • Dr. Moth, Shakespeare in Love, Miramax, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Title role, Genghis Cohn, BBC, 1993 Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Moncoutant, Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters (also known asHoratio Hornblower: The Wrong War), Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Voice of Ben Azra, The Miracle Maker, ABC, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Scum editor, "The Crying Game," The Comic Strip Presents, MTV, 1992
  • The don, "The Organisation," Look at the State We're In!, BBC, 1995
  • Other
  • Howard Kirk, The History Man (also known as Malcolm Bradbury'sThe History Man), 1981
  • David Samuels, The Land of Dreams, 1990
  • Sergeant Cuff, The Moonstone (special), PBS, 1996
  • Also appeared in Cold Harbour and Collision Course.
  • Film Scripts
  • (With others) Mark Gertler: Fragments of a Biography, 1981
  • Television Scripts
  • Changing Step, BBC1, 1990
  • Books
  • The Year of the King (nonfiction), Chatto & Windus, 1985
  • Middlepost (novel), Knopf (New York City), 1988
  • Characters (paintings and sketches), 1989
  • The Indoor Boy (novel), Viking (New York City), 1992
  • Cheap Lives (novel), Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1995
  • (With Gregory Doran) Woza Shakespeare! (nonfiction), 1997
  • The Feast (novel), Little, Brown, 1998
  • Beside Myself: An Autobiography, Hutchinson, 2001

Further Reference


    • Daily Telegraph, January 5, 2001
    • New Statesman, May 10, 1985 January 15, 1999, p. 38
    • New York, March 17, 1997
    • New York Times, February 2, 1997

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