All you need to know about Doctor Foster star Bertie Carvel

Viewers will look forward to catching up with their favourite baddy Simon Foster when Doctor Foster returns - but who is Bertie Carvel, the actor who plays him?

Last updated: 17 August 2017 - 12.50pm

To TV viewers, he is best known as unfaithful husband Simon Foster. To theatre-goers, he is more famous as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda. And to gamers, he is one of the voices of Star Wars: The Old Republic. So who exactly is Bertie Carvel?

The son of a journalist father and psychologist mother, Bertie Carvel was born in London in 1977 and gained a first-class honours degree from the University of Sussex before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he studied for three years. He graduated in 2003 in the same class as Brideshead Revisited and James Bond actor Ben Whishaw.

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After appearing in several Royal National Theatre productions, he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in musical Parade in 2008, and in 2012 he won the award for his role as Miss Truchbull in the multi-awared winning Matilda the Musical, a role he reprised in the Broadway production in 2013. His gender-swapping was so convincing that he even received a fan letter addressed to Miss Bertie Carvel. 

He also won acclaim for his portrayal of a young Rupert Murdoch in the play Ink.

Having previously had minor roles in series such as Holby City, Doctor Who, Waking the Dead and Sherlock, in 2015 he had two of his most high-profile roles to date, as Nick Clegg in Channel 4 drama Coalition, and then as Simon Foster in the multiple-award winning BBC series Doctor Foster. 

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A black belt in kung fu, Carvel has also stepped off the boards to direct the play Strife at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in 2016.  

When asked about his habit of playing baddies, Carvel told The Stage: "I get to play villains and make them into human beings. I’m always looking for the man in the monster.”

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