Brett Goldstein
Goldstein in 2023
Born (1980-07-17) 17 July 1980 (age 43)
London, England
Alma materUniversity of Warwick
Occupations
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
  • podcaster
Years active2005–present
Known forRoy Kent in Ted Lasso

Brett Goldstein (born 17 July 1980) is a British actor, comedian, writer, producer, and podcaster. Known for his role as Roy Kent in the Apple TV+ sports comedy series Ted Lasso, he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for each of the first two seasons. He is also the co-creator of the comedy series Shrinking (2023).

Early life and education

Goldstein was born on 17 July 1980 in the Sutton suburb of London, to a British Jewish family.[1] He was educated at Sevenoaks School.[2] After secondary school he attended the University of Warwick, where he graduated with a degree in film studies.[1]

Soon afterwards, he briefly relocated to Marbella, Spain, to work at a strip club which his father purchased during a "midlife crisis".[1] He then moved to New York City to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, until 2003.[3] While there, he began writing scripts that he later took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[4] He turned his Marbella experience into a stand-up comedy routine, Brett Goldstein Grew Up in a Strip Club (2011).[5]

Career

Goldstein began acting in short films and had his first feature film role in the self-written thriller Wish You Were Here (2005), which was later remade as Slave (2009).[5] In 2009, he made his television debut in two episodes of ITV's long-running police drama The Bill.[4][6] From 2012 to 2016, he appeared in several comedy series, such as BBC One's Uncle, E4's Drifters and Channel 4's Derek, starring, written and directed by Ricky Gervais.[7] He also played American TV legend David Hasselhoff's personal trainer, Danny, in Dave's mockumentary series Hoff the Record (2015–2016).[8]

Goldstein at a screening of SuperBob in 2015

In 2013, Goldstein wrote and played the leading role of a Peckham postman-turned-superhero in the low-budget romantic comedy SuperBob (2015).[9][10][11] At the end of filming, comedian Catherine Tate, who starred in the film as his character's boss at the Ministry of Defence, invited him to co-write and guest star in the BBC One sitcom Catherine Tate's Nan (2014–2015), a spin-off of The Catherine Tate Show about her popular sweary old-lady character Joanie Taylor.[12] The two continued to collaborate, with Goldstein joining Tate on her first ever live tour in 2016 and later co-writing the feature film The Nan Movie (2022) and a 2021 Comic Relief sketch starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.[13][14]

In 2016, he won the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Brendan in the comedy film Adult Life Skills, starring Jodie Whittaker as the lead character. Two years later, he again appeared alongside Whittaker in the BBC's long-running science fiction drama Doctor Who, in an episode called "The Tsuranga Conundrum" (2018).[15] Later that year, in July 2018, he began his career as a podcaster with Films to Be Buried With,[16] a comedy podcast featuring guests talking about films that have been important in their lives. Goldstein has also written and performed four solo stand-up shows.[5][17]

TV producer Bill Lawrence hired Goldstein as a writer for the 2020 Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis. His writing on the show led to his being cast as the character of aging footballer Roy Kent.[18] Rolling Stone's Emily Zemler stated that Goldstein "felt such a kinship with this stoic tough guy, in fact, that he emailed a self-taped audition of five scenes to the production team. The tapes, which included the 'If I don't hear silence I'm gonna start punching dicks' scene from the pilot, ended up scoring him the role. The rest is history."[19] He later won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series two years in a row, in 2021 and 2022, for his work on the show.[20][21][22]

Together with Black Mirror writer Will Bridges, Goldstein created and wrote the six-part science fiction anthology series Soulmates for AMC, based on their short film For Life (2013).[23][24] The series premiered in October 2020 and starred Sarah Snook, Malin Akerman, Betsy Brandt and Charlie Heaton.[25][26][27] In 2022, he signed a multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.[28] Later that year, Goldstein appeared as Hercules in the mid-credits scene of Thor: Love and Thunder and is expected to play the character in future Marvel Cinematic Universe properties.[29]

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
2005 The Rope Man Short film
Wish You Were Here Young Robert Dunsmore Also writer
2009 Slave Remake of Wish You Were Here; also writer
SuperBob Bob Short film
2012 The Comedian Comedy MC
The Knot Albert
2013 Everyone's Going to Die Richard (voice)
Tattooed Dave Short film
For Life Simon Short film; also writer
2014 The Hooligan Factory Mr. Burrows
2015 Legacy Mr. Harrowgate
Howl David
SuperBob Bob Also writer
2016 Adult Life Skills Brendan
Bullet to the Heart Steve Short film; also co-writer
2018 Spectre of Shame James Bond Short film; also writer and producer
F*ck Adam Short film
Wild Honey Pie! Matt
2022 The Nan Movie None Co-writer
Thor: Love and Thunder Hercules Mid-credits scene; cameo
2024 The Garfield Movie Roland (voice) In production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Bill Jared Miles 2 episodes
2011 White Van Man None Episode: "Ollie's First Day"; writer of additional material
2012–2014 Derek Tom 11 episodes
2012 Ronna & Beverly None 6 episodes; writer of additional material
4Funnies None Episode: "Gittins"; writer
2013–2016 Drifters Scott 7 episodes; writer of additional material
2013 Common Ground Lawrence Episode: "Fergus & Crispin"
Love Matters Jason Episode: "30 & Counting"
Claudia O'Doherty: Comedy Blaps Simon Episode: "What Is Time?"
Live at the Electric IT Technician Episode #2.2
2014–2017 Uncle Casper 9 episodes
2014 Playhouse Presents Photojournalist Episode: "The Dog Thrower"
Cuckoo Policeman Episode: "Tribunal"
2015–2016 Hoff the Record Danny Jones Main cast; writer of additional material
2014–2015 Catherine Tate's Nan Jonathan Episode: "Nanger Management"; also co-writer of three episodes
2015 Undercover Christophe 4 episodes
2016–2017 Drunk History Robert Dudley / James Garfield 2 episodes
2017 The Pact Andy TV film
2018 Doctor Who Astos Episode: "The Tsuranga Conundrum"
2019 This Way Up None 6 episodes; script editor
2020–2023 Ted Lasso Roy Kent Main cast; also writer and executive producer
2020 Soulmates None Co-creator, writer and executive producer
2021 Robot Chicken Tony Stark (voice) Episode: "May Cause Light Cannibalism"
2022 A Beginner's Guide to Grief Grief Expert (voice)
2023–present Shrinking None Co-creator, writer and executive producer
2023 Harley Quinn Himself (voice) Episode: "A Very Problematic Valentine's Day Special"

Theatre and stand-up shows

Year Title Role Venue
2010 For 21 Nights Only! Himself Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2011 Brett Goldstein Grew Up in a Strip Club
2013 Brett Goldstein Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature
2015 Brett Goldstein: Burning Man
2016 The Catherine Tate Show Live Various UK tour
2018 Brett Goldstein: What Is Love Baby Don't Hurt Me Himself Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2023 Brett Goldstein: The Second Best Night of Your Life [30] US and Canada tour
2024

Radio and podcast

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 Proposal Actor BBC Radio 2 pilot [31]
2018–present Films to Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein Himself (host) Podcast; 252 episodes [16]
2019 Obsessed With… Line of Duty Himself (co-host) BBC Sounds podcast; 7 episodes with Lolly Adefope [32]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 FilmQuest Awards Best Actor SuperBob Won [33]
Best Screenplay (shared with Will Bridges and Jon Drever) Won
2016 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Adult Life Skills Won [34]
2021 Gold Derby Awards Comedy Supporting Actor Ted Lasso Nominated [35]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy Won [36]
International Online Cinema Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with cast) Nominated [37]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Writers Guild of America Awards Television: Comedy Series (shared with other writers) Won [38]
Television: New Series (shared with other writers) Won
2022
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with cast) Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won [22]
National Film Awards Best Screenplay (shared with Catherine Tate) The Nan Movie Nominated [39]
2023 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Ted Lasso Nominated [40]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [41]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with cast) Nominated

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