Patrick Barlow

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Patrick Barlow is a writer, director and actor. His screen appearances include Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill, Nanny McPhee and most recently A Very English Scandal.

His adaptation of The 39 Steps has played in over forty countries world-wide. It won an Olivier Award for Best Comedy and Molière and Helpmann Awards for Best Play in France and Australia. In 2012, the play was nominated for a Tony Award and that year made Patrick the most performed playwright in America.

Patrick’s adaption of A Christmas Carol began life off-Broadway in 2014 before Sonia Friedman brought it to the UK in a new production at the Noël Coward Theatre in December 2015, directed by Phelim McDermott and starring Jim Broadbent as Scrooge.

Patrick’s hilarious four-man version of General Lew Wallace’s classic Ben Hur opened to critical acclaim at The Tricycle Theatre in 2015.

Meanwhile Patrick is renowned for the National Theatre of Brent, which he created in 1980 and in which he plays Artistic Director and Chief Executive Desmond Olivier Dingle. The company’s legendary two-man epics have been performed on stage, television and radio. Besides being nominated for an Olivier, awards for Patrick’s NTOB include two Sonys, a New York Festival Award and Premier Ondas for Best European Comedy.