Adrian Scarborough

Adrian Scarborough
Born (1968-05-10) 10 May 1968
Preston, Lancashire, England
Residence Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Nationality British
Years active 1993-present
Notable work Gosford Park, The King's Speech
Television Gavin & Stacey, Upstairs, Downstairs

Adrian Philip Scarborough (born 10 May 1968) is an English actor, most widely known for film roles including The King's Speech and television appearances including the sitcom Gavin & Stacey and his role as the butler Mr. Pritchard in the 2010 version of Upstairs Downstairs. He does a children's to character called abney in "The Adventures of Abney & Teal". He is also an accomplished theatre actor and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in 2011 for his role in the Terence Rattigan play After the Dance. He currently stars as Harry in the Starz sitcom Blunt Talk.

Personal life

Scarborough was born in Preston, Lancashire and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, winning the Chesterton Award for Best Actor for school graduates.[1] He lives in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire and is married to Rose (née Blackshaw) with a son (Jake) and a daughter (Esme).[2]


Scarborough made his big-screen debut in 1994 in The Madness of King George.[1] His other movie appearances have included Sweet Revenge, Gosford Park, Vera Drake, Notes on a Scandal, The History Boys, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The King's Speech, and Les Misérables.

One of Scarborough's early television roles was J.G. Quiggin in the 1997 adaptation of A Dance to the Music of Time. He was also seen in the BBC series Let Them Eat Cake with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. He played "Bouffant", the gay couturier/servant/confidante to Saunder's character, the "Comtesse de Vache".[3] His other appearances on television have included productions such as Cranford, the television film Into the Storm, Psychoville and as Charlie in the BBC comedy series Miranda.[4] He has appeared in three episodes of Midsomer Murders, playing separate characters in series 5, series 10, and series 18. He is also the voice of Abney in the BBC Children's Television programme Abney & Teal. He voiced Benjamin Bunny in The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.

Scarborough is particularly well known for his appearances with Julia Davis in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey as warring married couple Pete and Dawn Sutcliffe, who are friends and neighbours of Gavin Shipman's (Mathew Horne) parents in Essex. He is also identified for his role as the butler Mr. Pritchard in the BBC series Upstairs, Downstairs.[5][6]

In 2012 he appeared in the ITV series Mrs Biggs with fellow Gavin & Stacey star Sheridan Smith, playing the titular character's father Bernard (the real-life father of Charmian Brent, ex-wife of Ronnie Biggs). He played an alien known as Kahler-Jex in an episode of Doctor Who entitled "A Town Called Mercy", which aired on 15 September 2012.[7]

On stage, Scarborough has made frequent appearances at the Donmar, the Almeida, and in the West End and he has appeared in twenty productions for the Royal National Theatre. On 19 June 2011, he took part in The Barn Theatre presents... with Elliot Brown at the Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City[8] Most recently he has appeared in Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic, again with frequent collaborator Sheridan Smith.[9] In 2013, he played a role in Darkside, Tom Stoppard's radio drama based on Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon.[10]

In 2015, Scarborough appeared as Clive Trueman in the BBC TV series Father Brown episode 3.15 "The Owl of Minerva". Scarborough was also appeared in the Starz sitcom Blunt Talk as Harry, valet to Walter Blunt, a role which he reprised in the second season a year later.

In 2016, Scarborough appeared as Colin in the Channel Four sitcom Crashing and as Tony Pitt in the ITV series Midsomer Murders episode 18.4 "A Dying Art"

In 2017, Scarborough will appear in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach as Lionel Mayhew.


In 1993, he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award and won the Manchester Evening News Award for his performance in The Comedy of Errors at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.[11] In March 2011 he won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a revival of the play After the Dance by Terence Rattigan.[12]


  1. 1 2 "Hunt is launched for missing drama award". This is Bristol. 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  2. "The Gavin & Stacey star you pass in the street". Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  3. "British Comedy Guide - Let Them Eat Cake - Characters". Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  4. "Comedy - Miranda - Miranda Meets... Sally Phillips And Adrian Scarborough". BBC. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  5. "Adrian Scarborough - IMDb".
  6. Adrian Scarborough. "TV blog: Upstairs Downstairs: Playing Mr Pritchard". BBC. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  7. Jones, Paul (7 March 2012). "Doctor Who: Upstairs Downstairs star Adrian Scarborough cast in series seven". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  8. "King's Speech actor coming to Welwyn Garden City theatre". Welwyn Hatfield Times. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  9. "Q&A: Adrian Scarborough | Official London Theatre - Your London Shows guide". Official London Theatre. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  10. "Pink Floyd album inspires Sir Tom Stoppard radio play". BBC. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  11. Fowler, Rebecca. "Triumphant first acts". Sunday Times. 13 March 1994.
  12. "Olivier Awards 2011: The winners". 2011-03-13. Retrieved 2012-09-15.

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