Karl Johnson (actor)

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Karl Johnson (born 1 March 1948) is a Welsh actor, who has worked on stage, film and television. His notable roles to date include the title role in Derek Jarman's 1993 film Wittgenstein,[1] and those of Cato the Younger in the television drama series Rome and of Twister Turrill in the BBC costume drama Lark Rise to Candleford.[2]

Johnson is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University.

Karl Johnson describing his favourite pub The Pineapple, Kentish Town, for the London Beyond Sight project



Selected stage career

  • The Seafarer, as James 'Sharky' Harkin, National Theatre, London
  • Tales From The Vienna Woods, National Theatre, London
  • Scenes from the Big Picture, National Theatre, London
  • Hamlet, National Theatre, London[5]
  • The Walls, National Theatre, London
  • Cardiff East, National Theatre, London
  • The Ends of the Earth, National Theatre, London
  • Machine Wreckers, National Theatre, London
  • The Shape of The Table, National Theatre, London
  • Black Snow, National Theatre, London
  • Golden Boy, National Theatre, London
  • The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, National Theatre, London
  • The Sea, National Theatre, London
  • Uncle Vanya, National Theatre, London
  • Don Quixote, National Theatre, London
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, National Theatre, London
  • The Fawn, National Theatre, London
  • Glengarry Glen Ross, National Theatre, London
  • Wild Honey, National Theatre, London
  • The Rivals, National Theatre, London
  • The Mysteries, National Theatre, London
  • Animal Farm, National Theatre, London
  • Almost Nothing/At The Table, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • This Is A Chair, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • The Night Heron, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • Boy Gets Girl, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • The Weir, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • Been So Long, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • Just a Little Less Than Normal, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • Sudlow's Dawn, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • Irish Eyes and English Tears, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • In The Company of Men, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford
  • TV Times, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford
  • Knight of the Burning Pestle, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford
  • Amadeus, Peter Hall Company
  • The Country Wife, Centreline Productions
  • The Last Yankee, Leicester Haymarket
  • Woyzeck, Foco Novo at Lyric Hammersmith
  • War Crimes, ICA
  • The Dresser, Leatherhead
  • Hedda Gabler, Yvonne Arnaud Guildford
  • Much Ado About Nothing, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
  • As You Like It, Old Vic
  • Vieux Carre, West End
  • Frankenstein, National Theatre, London
  • Barking in Essex, Wyndham's Theatre


  1. ^ Open Culture: Wittgenstein. Accessed 7 May 2014
  2. ^ BBC One - Lark Rise to Candleford. Accessed 7 May 2014
  3. ^ "Irish Film Board - Film Directory - Features - The Pier". Directory.irishfilmboard.ie. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  4. ^ "History with a human face". The Sunday Telegraph. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  5. ^ Patrick O'Kane (2 May 2012). Actors' Voices: The People Behind the Performances: The People Behind the Performances. Oberon Books. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-84943-336-5.

External links

  • Karl Johnson on IMDb
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