Giles Terera

Giles Terera
Birth name Giles Terera
Born (1976-12-14) 14 December 1976
London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Musical theatre, Acoustic music, Folk rock
Occupation(s) actor, filmmaker, musician, composer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1999—present

Giles Terera (born 14 December 1976) is an award winning British actor, musician, and filmmaker. He is best known for his work in the theatre. His first documentary, Muse of Fire, premiered in autumn 2013.


Giles Terera trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. After leaving Mountview, in 1999, he joined an acting ensemble at the National Theatre, where he appeared in Troilus and Cressida, Candide and The Darker Face of the Earth. He then went on to star as the Ugly Duckling in Honk!.[1]

Since then Terera has appeared consistently in British theatre, and some of his most notable appearances are in London's National Theatre and the West End. They include; Death and the King's Horseman, The Tempest, Avenue Q, RENT, 125th Street and Jailhouse Rock.[2] He originated the role of Gary Coleman in the London production of Avenue Q. He also recently appeared in The Book of Mormon.

He has been nominated for three awards for the Awards. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his appearance in Jailhouse Rock and for Best Takeover in a Role in a theatrical production of The Rat Pack as Sammy Davis, Jr. and Best Ensemble Performance in Avenue Q. His production of Hamlet, in which he played Horatio, won Best Shakespearean Production and it was he who accepted the award on behalf of the production.[3] In 2007 he became the first Black actor to play Christy in Dublins Abbey Theatre production of Playboy of the Western World. In 2011 Terera played Caliban in Trevor Nunn's production of The Tempest opposite Ralph Fiennes at Haymarket Theatre.

As well as his numerous stage appearances Terera has made occasional appearances in film and television. His most notable television appearance was in the CBBC programme Horrible Histories, performing in all five series from 2009 to 2013. He has also appeared in BBC television show Doctors and in the film London Boulevard. He also appeared in a televised production of Hamlet.

Terera is also a filmmaker and musician. His first documentary, Muse of Fire, created with Dan Poole, centres on modern perspectives of Shakespeare, featuring interviews with actors and filmmakers such as Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Jude Law, Julie Taymor, Fiona Shaw and Baz Luhrmann. The film premiered in autumn 2013 on BBC Four.[4]

His credits as a musician, aside from appearing in numerous musical theatre productions, include composing scores for theatre and performing live as a solo musician. He also composed the score for his film, Muse of Fire,[5] and his vocals can be heard in several songs for Horrible Histories.

In 2013 Giles Terera also curated and directed a series of events at the National Theatre as part of its 50th-anniversary celebrations entitled Walk in the Light, which honoured the contribution of Black artists to British theatre.[6]


Year Award Title Production Result
2004 Whatsonstage Theatregoers Choice Award Best Supporting Actor Jailhouse Rock Nominated
2005 Whatsonstage Theatregoers Choice Award Best Takeover in a Role The Rat Pack Nominated
2006 Award Best Ensemble Avenue Q Won
2011 KidScreen Award Best Acting Horrible Histories Won
2011 Award Best Shakespearean Production Hamlet Won
2012 KidScreen Award Best Acting Horrible Histories Won
2014 Falstaff Award Best Film Muse Of Fire Won


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Doctors Lee Herridge One episode, television series
2009–2013 Horrible Histories Various roles, including Sports presenter and Jesse Owens Appears in all five series, television
2010 London Boulevard Waiter Feature film
2010 Hamlet Horatio Televised stage performance
2013 Muse of Fire Himself Feature-length television documentary. Also served as composer, director, creator, writer and producer
2015– Horrible Histories Various roles television


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