Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear (born 17 February 1978) is an award-winning English actor who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. The son of actor Roy Kinnear and actress Carmel Cryan, he has two sisters, Kirsty and Karina. Through his father he is the grandson of the Scottish rugby player Roy Muir Kinnear, and he is the godson of Michael Williams. Educated at Tower House School and St Paul's School (London), he read English at Balliol College, Oxford and then studied acting at LAMDA. Kinnear's performances in Phyllida Lloyd's production of Mary Stuart and Trevor Nunn's Hamlet, in which he played Laertes, met with acclaim. He also achieved recognition as the outrageous Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man of Mode at the National Theatre, winning a Laurence Olivier Award and Ian Charleson Award. Other notable theatre work includes the lead in Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, the role of Pyotr in Gorky's Philistines and the role of Mitia in a stage adaptation of the Nikita Mikhalkov film Burnt by the Sun, all for the National Theatre.


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