Sunday 19 April 2015

Luke Norris Biography

Luke Norris is an actor and writer from Romford in Essex, best known for playing Dr Dwight Enys in the BBC’s hit drama, Poldark. After attending Redden Court School in Romford, he went to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, graduating in 2008, winning the prestigious Alan Bates Bursary in 2008. The multitalented Luke has appeared in numerous plays as an actor, as well as having a number of screen credits to his name, he has also written for theatre, film and television.

Photo Credit: Phil Sharp

To date most of Luke’s acting has been in theatre. His theatre credits include: Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Paines Plough at Village Underground), Days Of Significance (RSC), White Boy, Fish & Co, Hold it Up (Soho Theatre for NYT), Henry V (Hackney Empire for NYT), Harvest (Lyric Hammersmith for NYT), A Puzzle (short, Royal Court), MacDonald and Son (ATC), Borough Market (Pleasance Dome), As You Like It and Hamlet (RSC); Orpheus Descending (Royal Exchange) and Antigone (National Theatre). Most recently Luke appeared in A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic, which was critically acclaimed. Luke’s theatre career hasn't all been plain sailing however. In 2009 Luke accidently received a cut lip when a stage fight with a fellow actor went wrong, whilst appearing in Days of Significance at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole! Luckily he’s a trooper as apparently the audience didn't realise he was really hurt.

Luke in A View from the Bridge, 2015. Photo by Simon Annand Young Vic

Luke’s role in Poldarkis his first major television role, although he has a number of appearances to his name in film and television, including roles in the Titantic TV mini-series and Our World War, another mini-series, as well as appearances in The Inbetweeners, The Duchess and Skins. Poldark is his biggest role to date, as readers of the books will know his character, Dr Dwight Enys, has an important and ongoing role in the series, which is great news for Luke and his fans.

Photos copyright Hugo Glendinning

Luke is not only an actor, but a writer too, for stage and screen. His professional debut was a play, Goodbye to All That, performed at the Royal Court, Jerwood, to wide acclaim; the Telegraph commented that, ‘we’re in the presence, unquestionably, of a playwright of major promise’. His next play So Here We Are won a Bruntwood Judges Award 2013, Luke describes it as being about a group of lads in a 5-a-side football team who lose one of their number and how they deal with it, it also touches on the drawbacks of 'lad culture' for the young men involved and the relationships the friends have with each other. Luke says although the topic could be quite bleak he sees the message of the play as one of hope.

Luke talking about So Here We Are 

Another play, Hearts, described as ‘a knockabout comedy about romance and the beautiful game’, is about a struggling small town football team trying to recruit players and the girls that watch them (or not) and was performed by the National Theatre Connections and the Shed Theatre at the National in 2014.

Luke talking about Hearts 

Luke has also written two short films Sparks and Night of the Foxes. He is currently developing his first feature film Jesus and the Jetpack with director Lucy Tcherniak.

For the latest updates on Luke’s career follow Luke Norris News  on twitter.

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