Patrick Kennedy (actor)

From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

Patrick Kennedy
Born (1977-08-26) 26 August 1977 (age 46)
London, England
  • Actor
  • director
Years active2002–present

Patrick Kennedy (born 26 August 1977) is an English actor and director.

Life and career[edit]

He studied English literature and language at St John's College, Oxford, and then attended LAMDA.[1]

Kennedy's first screen role was in Peter Greenaway's The Tulse Luper Suitcases,[1] followed by the role of Julian Bell in the BBC's Cambridge Spies.[2]

Kennedy's first lead role was playing Richard Carstone in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House,[2] and he followed this with roles in Joe Wright's Atonement,[3] Steven Spielberg's Munich, Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles,[3] and Michael Hoffman's The Last Station.[3]

Kennedy recurred on the television series Boardwalk Empire in 2012,[3] earning a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and played the role of McKechnie in the Susanna White directed, Tom Stoppard written, Parade's End.[1]

Kennedy's recent television roles have included Will in Atlanta (season 3), Mark Bolton in [Liaison (TV series)|Liaison]], Neil in Peep Show (series 8), a principal role in ITV's Murder on the Home Front, alongside Tamzin Merchant,[4] a lead opposite Brendan Gleeson in the HBO pilot The Money, Sampson in ITV's Downton Abbey, Jock Colville with Michael Gambon in Churchill's Secret, directed by Charles Sturridge, and recurring roles in Hulu's The First,[1] Mrs Wilson for the BBC, and Allston Wheatley in Scott Frank's The Queen's Gambit for Netflix.[1]

Kennedy's other film roles include Lieutenant Waverly in Spielberg's War Horse,[3] Roger Donaldson's November Man, Bill Condon's Mr Holmes (with Ian McKellen), Babak Najafi's London Has Fallen,[3] Lt. Col. Guy L'Estrange in Mike Leigh's Peterloo;[1] and as Edward Aveling opposite Romola Garai in Susanna Nicchiarelli's Miss Marx.[3]

Kennedy's stage roles include Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Bristol Old Vic (directed by David Farr); George Holly in Michael Grandage's production of Suddenly Last Summer with Diana Rigg and Victoria Hamilton in the West End; the lead role of Jonathan in Everything is Illuminated at The Hampstead Theatre;[1] Camille in Therese Raquin, at the National Theatre, directed by Marianne Elliott;[1] Tom in The Glass Menagerie, for Shared Experience; Oliver in Polly Stenham's No Quarter, directed by Jeremy Herrin at the Royal Court; and Don Caspar in Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, with Nicole Kidman, directed by Michael Grandage at the Noel Coward Theatre.[1]

In 2017, Kennedy took the lead roles in Harold Pinter's The Lover and The Collection, directed by Michael Kahn for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington D.C.

Kennedy has worked on several films with the British artist Nathaniel Mellors, playing the recurring Neanderthal character Voggen Williams in The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview, Neanderthal Container, and the pub lecher, Uncle Tommy, in the Ourhouse series.[1]

In 2018, Kennedy wrote and directed the short film The Human Voice, starring Rosamund Pike, adapted from the Jean Cocteau play La Voix Humaine.[1]

Kennedy portrayed astronaut Michael Collins in the documentary of the Apollo 11 mission, 8 Days: To the Moon and Back, shown on BBC2 on 10 July 2019.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Nine Lives Tim
2003 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story Joris Salmon
2005 Mrs Henderson Presents Pilot
Munich English Reporter in Munich Underground
2006 A Good Year Trader #2
2007 Atonement Leon Tallis
2008 In Tranzit Peter
Me and Orson Welles Grover Burgess (Ligarius)
Scratch Simon Short film
2009 The Last Station Sergeyenko
2011 War Horse Lt. Charlie Waverley
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides English Father
2014 The November Man Edgar Simpson
Dreaming of Leo Jonathan Short film
2015 Mr. Holmes Thomas Kelmot
2016 London Has Fallen John Lancaster, MI5 Intelligence Chief
So Good to See You Short film
2018 Peterloo Lt. Col. Guy L'Estrange Directed by Mike Leigh
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker First Order Officer
2020 Miss Marx Edward Aveling


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Spooks Radio Operator (uncredited) Episode: "Traitor's Gate"
2003 Cambridge Spies Julian Bell Miniseries; 2 episodes
2004 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Gideon Martin Episode: "A Traitor to Memory"
2005 The Somme Sgt. R. H. Tawney TV film
Bleak House Richard Carstone Miniseries; 12 episodes
2008 The 39 Steps Hellory Sinclair TV film
Consuming Passion: 100 Years of Mills & Boon Gerard Mills TV film
Einstein and Eddington William Marston TV film
2010 Married Single Other Dr. Dominic Episode: "Chink"
2011 Black Mirror Section Chief Walker Episode: "The National Anthem"
2012 Parade's End McKechnie 3 episodes
Boardwalk Empire Dr. Douglas Mason 7 episodes
Peep Show Neil 3 episodes
2013 Murder on the Home Front Lennox Collins TV film
Downton Abbey Terence Sampson 3 episodes
2014 The Money John Castman TV film
2015 Person of Interest Dr. Shane Edwards Episode: "Karma"
2016 The Collection Gambon 2 episodes
2018 Mrs Wilson Dennis Wilson Miniseries; 3 episodes
The First Ollie Bennett 3 episodes
2019 8 Days: To the Moon and Back Astronaut Michael Collins BBC2 TV documentary
World on Fire Campbell Episode #1.3
2020 The Queen's Gambit Allston Wheatley 3 episodes
2021 Around the World in 80 Days Sir Henry Rowbotham Episode #1.5
2022 Atlanta Will Episode: "The Old Man and the Tree"
2023 Death in Paradise David Cartwright 2 episodes
Liaison Mark Bolton 6 episodes
2024 Franklin Strachey 2 episodes
Senna TBA Post-production


Year Production Role Venue Notes/Ref.
2002 Maps of Desire Charles Southwark Playhouse, London
2003 A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander Bristol Old Vic
Les Liaisons dangereuses Danceny Bristol Old Vic
2004 Suddenly, Last Summer George UK Tour
2006 Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Hampstead Theatre, London
Therese Raquin Camille National Theatre, London
2010 The Glass Menagerie Tom Shared Experience Tour
Measure for Measure Lucio Touring Company, London
2013 No Quarter Oliver Royal Court Theatre
2015 Photograph 51 Donald Caspar Noël Coward Theatre
2016 Oil Samuel Almeida Theatre
2017 The Lover Richard Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.
The Collection James Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Patrick Kennedy". Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Patrick Kennedy". Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Patrick Kennedy Credits". Retrieved 11 November 2023.
  4. ^ "Murder on the Home Front". 14 February 2014.

External links[edit]