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Lex Shrapnel

Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:00

Winner of the 2009 Cult TV Award for ‘Breakthrough Performance’ for his portrayal of Jamie Cartwright in the updated Minder for five, Lex Shrapnel first appeared in the movie “K-19” with Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford.

Since then Lex has appeared in numerous roles including the low budget British film “Nine Lives” with Paris Hilton, “Minotaur” with Tom Hardy and Lucy Brown (of Primeval fame), “Flyboys” - a drama about the first US squadron of fighter pilots in the First World War, the Oscar nominated short film “The Tonto Woman”, and most notably to Cult TV fans, as John Tracy in the ill-fated 2004 “Thunderbirds” movie.

Lex ShrapnelHis TV credits include the ITV drama “Beneath the Skin”, “The Last Detective” and as the unfortunate Captain Lawrence in “Sharpe’s Challenge”.

On stage Lex has appeared in “Romeo and Juliet” at Chichester, “King Lear” at the Almeida theatre in London, and “Hamlet” at Birmingham Rep and the Edinburgh Festival. More recently he was a member of the multi-award winning Histories cycle with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Michael Boyd this involved the same group of actors performing all eight of Shakespeare’s History plays – “Richard II”, “Henry IV” parts 1 & 2, “Henry V”, “Henry VI” parts 1, 2 & 3 and “Richard III” – over a two year period. Lex appeared in seven of the eight plays.

It was his performance as Hotspur in “Henry IV” part 1 which brought him to the attention of the Minder producers, who then offered him the role of the honest but troubled cabbie Jamie Cartwright.

In 2009 Lex appeared at Birmingham Rep in “Serious Money” – a play written in the 1980s about greed and corruption in the London Stock Market. He has just finished recording three different audio dramas for Big Finish – a Sherlock Holmes adventure – “Holmes and the Ripper” with Cult TV favourite Nick Briggs as the eponymous detective, a Doctor Who Companion Chronicles story “The Shadows of the Past” with another former Cult TV star guest Caroline John, and a Jago and Litefoot story which features two characters from Tom Baker adventure “The Talons of Weng Chiang”.

Lex is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is the son of veteran actor John Shrapnel, and the grandson of Deborah Kerr.

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