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Mark Tandy


Mark Napper O'Connor Tandy is an Irish stage, film, and television actor.


Mark Tandy was born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland on 8 February 1957. His childhood was spent between the Republic of Ireland and the Persian Gulf. 


He was educated at Winchester College and the University of Bristol Drama Department, and was a member of the National Youth Theatre from 1974 to 1976.


 He is a descendant of Napper Tandy, the Irish revolutionary leader and founding member of the United Irishmen.


His first professional engagement in the theatre was for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, England in 1979, where appearances included the original stage production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, which played for three seasons at the Aldwych Theatre, London, and at the Plymouth Theatre, New York.


 Tandy has since appeared irregularly at the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, The Old Vic, London's West End, and around the UK.


His first television role was as WB Yeats for the BBC in 1982 and many subsequent television appearances include The Jewel in the Crown, Inspector Morse, Portrait of a Marriage, Poirot, Absolutely Fabulous, The Buccaneers, Longitude, Evolution: Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Shackleton


Tandy appears as Cecil Beaton in the first two seasons of The Crown for Netflix.

He first appeared on film as Viscount Risley in Merchant Ivory's Maurice


Other film appearances include Howards End, Defence of the Realm, Wings of Fame, Luzhin Defence, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, and Dad's Army.

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The Foreigner as Simpson