Adam Godley

Adam Godley (born 22 July 1964) is an English actor. He is a Tony Award nominee and has been nominated four times for the Olivier Award.

Adam Godley
Godley in 2008
Born (1964-07-22) 22 July 1964 (age 57)
Years active1974–present
Alex Belcourt
(m. 1999; div. 2004)
Partner(s)Jon Hartmere

Early life and careerEdit

Godley was born to Jewish parents in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. His father was a solicitor, and his mother was a magistrate. He grew up near Watford, Hertfordshire, and went to Rickmansworth School.[1]

He began his acting career at the age of 9, in a BBC radio production of Hemingway's My Old Man. His first stage role came at age 11, as Prince Giovanni in The White Devil at The Old Vic.[citation needed] His childhood career also included work at the National Theatre, in Lillian Helman's Watch on the Rhine, and Close of Play, directed by Harold Pinter.[citation needed] Godley achieved national prominence after playing the lead in the 1984 BBC TV adaptation of J. Meade Falkner's Moonfleet.

Stage careerEdit

In 1986, Godley joined Alan Ayckbourn's theatre company in Scarborough, where he stayed for three seasons. Productions included June Moon and The Revengers' Comedies, both of which transferred to the West End, and Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays, which transferred to the National Theatre.

He spent one season as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, before creating the role of Cliff in Sam Mendes's production of Cabaret at the Donmar Warehouse. Several major productions followed, including Mouth to Mouth at the Royal Court, The Front Page at the Donmar, and The Rivals in the West End. after which Godley went on to create a series of roles at the National, including Kenneth Williams in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick; Michal, in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, and the title role in Howard Davies' production of Paul. He played Jack Worthing in the West End production of The Importance of Being Earnest and Victor in both the West End and 2001 Broadway production of Noël Coward's Private Lives. He played Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Roundabout Theatre's multi-award-winning Broadway revival of Anything Goes, and played Raymond Babitt in the West End production of Rain Man opposite Josh Hartnett. He led a new adaptation by Dennis Kelly of Georg Kaiser's 1912 German expressionist masterpiece, From Morning to Midnight, at the National Theatre. His most recent role was as one of the three Lehman brothers in the National Theatre's The Lehman Trilogy.

Personal lifeEdit

Godley married actor Alex Belcourt in 1999; they divorced in 2004.[1] He lives in Los Angeles with his partner, the writer Jon Hartmere.

Theatre awards and nominationsEdit



Year Title Role Notes
2002 And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen Son of London Jeweller
Thunderpants Placido P. Placeedo
2003 Love Actually Mr. Trench
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Mr. Sutton
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mr. Teavee
Nanny McPhee Vicar
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age William Walsingham
Son of Rambow Brethren Leader
2008 The X-Files: I Want to Believe Father Ybarra
2012 Battleship Dr. Nogrady
The Forger Pinkus
2014 The Theory of Everything Senior Doctor - Cambridge Hospital
2016 The BFG The Manhugger/Lout No. 1
2018 Nightmare Cinema Dr. Salvadore
2019 Missing Link Lord Bilge (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Thomas & Sarah Tomlinson 1 episode
1984 Moonfleet John Trenchard 6 episodes
1991; 1998 The Bill Duxford/Nigel Penway 2 episodes
1992 An Ungentlemanly Act P.C. Anton Livermore Television film
1995 Class Act Graham 1 episode
1998 Casualty Alan Decker 1 episode
2000 Cor, Blimey! Kenneth Williams Television film
2001 Sword of Honour Apthorpe Television film
2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Tony Phillips 1 episode
2003 Margery and Gladys Graham Heywood Television film
2004 Hawking Frank Hawking Television film
2006 Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial Gustave Gilbert Miniseries
2007 Coming Up Paul 1 episode
2007 The Old Curiosity Shop Sampson Brass Television film
2008–2013 Breaking Bad Elliott Schwartz 3 episodes
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles The Scientist 1 episode
2008 Mad Men Wayne Kirkeby 1 episode
2009 Numbers Dr. Joseph Baskin 1 episode
2009 Merlin Jonas 2 episodes
2009 Dollhouse Clyde Randolph 1 episode
2010 Private Practice Henry 1 episode
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple Lomax 1 episode
2010 The Special Relationship Jonathan Powell Television film
2011 Lie to Me Sandy Baxter 1 episode
2011 CHAOS Jonathan Aldridge 1 episode
2011 Case Histories Martin Canning 2 episodes
2012 A Young Doctor's Notebook Demyan Lukich Main cast, 8 episodes
2012 Harry's Law Hospital Administrator 1 episode
2012 The Good Wife Leland Carlisle 1 episode
2012 Suburgatory Mr. Jacobs 1 episode
2013 Spies of Warsaw Julius Halbech Miniseries
2013 Elementary British Man (voice) 1 episode, uncredited
2013 Suits Nigel Alexander Nesbitt Recurring role, 5 episodes
2014 Perception Teddy Brennan 1 episode
2014 Manhattan Dr. Adelman 3 episodes
2014 Homeland Jordan Harris 1 episode
2015–2016 Powers Captain Emile Cross Main cast, 20 episodes
2015 The Blacklist Silas Gouldsberry 1 episode
2017 Fallet DCI Tom Brown Main cast, 8 episodes
2018-2019 Lodge 49 Jocelyn Pugh Recurring role, 10 episodes
2019–present The Umbrella Academy Pogo Main cast
Voice and motion capture role[2]
2020 The Great Archbishop Main Cast[3]


Year Title Role Theatre
1991 The Revengers Comedies Oliver Knightly The Strand Theatre
1992 June Moon Fred Stevens Vaudeville Theatre
1993 Cabaret Cliff Bradshaw Donmar Warehouse
1994 The Rivals Faulkland Albery Theatre
1996 The White Devil.

Three Hours After Marriage.
The General From America



Majot André.

Royal Shakespeare Company
1997 The Front Page Bensinger Donmar Warehouse
1998 Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick Kenneth Williams National Theatre
1999 The Importance Of Being Earnest John Worthing Haymarket Theatre
2002 Private Lives Victor Prynne Richard Rodgers Theater
2003 The Pillowman Michal National Theatre
2005 Paul Paul National Theatre
2008 Rain Man Raymond Babbit Apollo Theatre
2011 Anything Goes Lord Evelyn Oakleigh Stephen Sondheim Theater
2013 From Morning To Midnight The Bank Clerk National Theatre
2018 The Lehman Trilogy Mayer Lehman National Theatre
2019 Park Avenue Armory[4]
Piccadilly Theatre


  1. ^ a b Nathan, John (29 August 2008). "Mr shy and mighty". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 15 December 2019 – via PressReader.
  2. ^ ‘The Umbrella Academy’: Cameron Britton, Colm Feore, Adam Godley & Ashley Madekwe Join Netflix Series
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (4 February 2020). "'The Great': Sebastian De Souza Joins Elle Fanning & Nicholas Hoult In Hulu Comedy Series". Deadline. Archived from the original on 21 May 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  4. ^ ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ is so good, it expands your sense of what three actors on a stage can conjure

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