Jamie Parker
Jamie Parker in 2018
Born (1979-08-14) 14 August 1979 (age 44)
Years active2002–present
Deborah Crowe
(m. 2007)

Jamie Parker (born 14 August 1979) is an English actor and singer. He is best known for his role as Harry Potter in the original cast for the West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, for which he received a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play and a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Play. He also received a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play as a member of the original Broadway version.

Other theatre credits include King Henry in the 2012 Globe production of Shakespeare's Henry V, with notable film roles being Donald Scripps in The History Boys (2006), adapted by Alan Bennett from his play of the same name in which Parker was a member of the original cast, and Lieutenant Werner von Haeften in Valkyrie (2008).

Early life

Parker was born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, on 14 August 1979 and brought up in Darlington. He attended Loretto School[1] before training in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), from which he graduated in 2002.[2][3][4]


Parker originated the role of Scripps in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys. He was involved in The History Boys from the play's first reading, initially reading the part of Rudge[5] before taking on the role of Scripps in the original London stage production as well as in the Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong productions and radio and film versions of the play.[6][7][8][9] Parker put his musical talents to use in The History Boys, playing piano and singing in several scenes. His other National Theatre credits include a 2008 revival of The Revenger's Tragedy.

In 2008 he appeared as Werner von Haeften in the film of the historical thriller Valkyrie. He can also be seen in the BBC/HBO production of Parade's End.

In 2011 he appeared at Chichester in Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with fellow History Boy Samuel Barnett. The production subsequently moved to London for a West End engagement. In the autumn of 2012 he appeared as Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In the first part of 2013 he appeared in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Proof and in Candida at the Theatre Royal, Bath. He played the role of Mike Connor in High Society at The Old Vic in London. He also sang several numbers in the Late Night Sinatra concert given by the John Wilson Orchestra during the 2015 BBC Proms season at London's Royal Albert Hall.

In 2015 he appeared alongside his fellow History Boys co-stars in the film adaptation of Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van. He had a cameo as an estate agent.

He originated the role of Harry Potter in the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre, London.[10] On 9 April 2017 Parker won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the play.[11] He reprised his performance on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre in 2018, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play.[12]


In 2009 he played Oliver in As You Like It at Shakespeare's Globe.

He returned in 2010 to play Prince Hal in both Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2. His musical talents were further exhibited (briefly) when he played a wooden recorder in an early tavern scene.

During the spring of 2012 he toured the UK in the Globe production of Henry V, a production which subsequently played at Shakespeare's Globe on London's Southbank during the summer of 2012 thereby completing his traversal of the Prince Hal story arc in Shakespeare's history plays at the Globe. Parker was also featured in two of the six episodes of the BBC Four's production Shakespeare Uncovered (2012). Each episode explored and revealed the extraordinary world and works of William Shakespeare and the still-potent impact they have today.[13] The series combined interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays staged specially for the series at Shakespeare's Globe in London.[13]

He played Hamlet in BBC Radio 4's production of Hamlet, directed by Marc Beeby. It was first broadcast in March 2014.

He also played Mark Anthony in BBC Radio 4's production of ‘’Julius Caesar’’, directed by Marc Beeby, first broadcast in July 2018.

Personal life

He married actress Deborah Crowe in 2007, with whom he has a son, William.[14]

Parker's great-grandfather was the English footballer Alf Common.[15]

Selected credits


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2002 After the Dance[16] Peter Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
2003 The Coffee House[16] Eugenio Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester
Holes in the Skin[16] Dominic
The Gondoliers[16][17] Giuseppe Palmieri[17]
Between the Crosses[16] Ian Jermyn Street Theatre, London
2004 Singer[16] various roles Tricycle Theatre, London
2004–2006 The History Boys Scripps Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, South Bank (2004–5)
Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2006)
St. James Theatre, Wellington (2006)
Sydney Theatre, Sydney (2006)
Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway (2006)
2008 The Revenger's Tragedy[16][18] Hippolito[18] Olivier Theatre, Royal National Theatre, South Bank
2009 As You Like It Oliver Shakespeare's Globe, Southwark
A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine Thomas Jefferson/Timothy Matlack
2010 My Zinc Bed Paul Peplow Royal Theatre, Northampton
Henry IV, Part 1 Prince Hal Shakespeare's Globe, Southwark
Henry IV, Part 2
2011 Racing Demon Rev Tony Ferris Sheffield Crucible
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Guildenstern Chichester Festival Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket Alongside Samuel Barnett, fellow 'History Boy'
2012 Henry V Henry V Shakespeare's Globe, Southwark
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Brick West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
2013 Proof Hal Menier Chocolate Factory
Candida Reverend James Morell Theatre Royal, Bath
2014 Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson Chichester Festival Theatre
Assassins Balladeer Menier Chocolate Factory
2015 A Little Night Music Count Carl Magnus Palace Theatre, London Concert production
High Society Mike Old Vic Theatre
2015–2016 Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson Savoy Theatre, London Chichester Festival Theatre production
2016–2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter Palace Theatre, London Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
2018 Lyric Theatre, Broadway Nominated — Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play


Year Title Role Station Notes
2007 Life Class[16][19] Paul Tarrant[19] BBC Radio 4 Ten 15 min episodes
2010 Doctor Who - Leviathan Wulfric Big Finish 2 episodes
2012 Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein BBC Radio 4 2 episodes
2014 Pride and Prejudice Mr Darcy BBC Radio 4 3 episodes
Hamlet Hamlet, Prince of Denmark BBC Radio 4 5 episodes
2022 Hall of Mirrors John Maynard Keynes BBC Radio 4 1 episode


Year Film Role Network Notes
2007 American Experience Philip Hamilton[20] PBS Series 19, Episode 15 "Alexander Hamilton"
Maxwell Farquhar BBC TV film
Silent Witness Alan Peters BBC Series 11, Episodes 5–6 "Hippocratic Oath"
2009 Horne and Corden BBC Series 1, Episode 4
2010 Van Gogh: Painted with Words Theo van Gogh BBC TV film
2011 The Hour Peter Darrall BBC Series 1, Episode 1 (Appears in Episodes 2 and 4 on a recorded tape)
2012 Silk Captain Cassidy BBC Series 2, Episode 2
Shakespeare Uncovered: Derek Jacobi on Richard II[21] As himself and Richard II BBC Four Episode 3 of 6
Shakespeare Uncovered: Jeremy Irons on the Henrys[22] Prince Hal/Henry V BBC Four Episode 5 of 6
Parade's End Brownlie BBC Two Episodes 2–3
2014 Silent Witness Ben Morgan BBC Series 17, Episodes 9–10 "Fraternity"
Endeavour Dr Matthew Copley-Barnes ITV Series 2, Episode 1 "Trove"
2015 Count Arthur Strong Aide BBC Series 2, Episode 3 "We're Listening"
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Grant BBC Series 1, Episodes 3–5
BBC Proms 'Late Night Sinatra' Himself BBC Prom 30
2020 Des Allan Green QC ITV Series 1, Episode 3
2022 Becoming Elizabeth John Dudley Starz


Year Film Role Notes
2006 The History Boys Scripps
2008 Valkyrie Werner von Haeften
2013 Dirty Weekend Mike
2015 The Lady in the Van Estate agent
2019 1917 Lieutenant Richards


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  20. ^ "American Experience – Alexander Hamilton – The Film and More – PBS". PBS. Archived from the original on 16 March 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2007.
  21. ^ BBC Four. Shakespeare Uncovered: Derek Jacobi on Richard II, Episode 3 of 6, BBC, 30 June 2012. BBC Shakespeare Uncovered
  22. ^ BBC Four. Shakespeare Uncovered: Jeremy Irons on the Henrys, Episode 5 of 6, BBC, 8 July 2012. BBC Shakespeare Uncovered