Bryan Dick

Bryan Dick
Born (1978-02-01) 1 February 1978 (age 42)[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Parent(s) Jim, Jenny

Bryan Dick (born 1 February 1978[1]) is an English TV, stage and film actor. He is perhaps best known for playing Ernie Wise alongside Daniel Rigby in the BBC's BAFTA-winning biopic of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, Eric and Ernie.


Aged 11, Dick won a scholarship to Elmhurst Ballet School and left home to train as a dancer. Three years later, he was talent-spotted by ITV scouts and cast as the titular anti-hero of 1990s cult classic The Life and Times of Henry Pratt. Since graduating from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 2000, he has worked on some of the best dramas on British television. In 2015 he was DI Mill in the BBC's Capital,[3] based on the best-selling novel by John Lanchester, and Sir Richard Riche in Wolf Hall.[4]

Early career highlights include White Teeth, based on Zadie Smith's best-selling novel, in which he played Archie (old Archie was played by Phil Davis); Blackpool in which he was David Tennant's cheeky sidekick DC Blythe; Simon Curtis's 20,000 Streets Under the Sky, based on the trilogy by Patrick Hamilton, in which he co-starred with Sally Hawkins; and The Long Firm with Mark Strong. Bryan also played Thomas Wyatt in The Virgin Queen, which starred Anne-Marie Duff. He was dance teacher Prince Turveydrop in the multi-award-winning BBC version of Charles Dickens's Bleak House and Freddie Trent in The Old Curiosity Shop.

Other TV work includes the lead with Kris Marshall in the ITV comedy drama series, Sold[5] and Ordeal By Innocence in the Agatha Christie Agatha Christie's Marple with Geraldine McEwan. In 2008 he appeared as Adam in an episode of the same name in the BBC's cult Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood. He also appeared in the popular television show Shameless and played teacher Ian Bateley in the BBC's critical hit school drama Excluded.

Dick has had several roles on the big screen, notably the role of Joseph Nagle with Russell Crowe in Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and a werewolf in Katja von Garnier's Blood and Chocolate (2007). Other film work includes Brothers of the Head (2005) and Colour Me Kubrick (2006), in which he co-starred with John Malkovich.

On stage he starred at the Hampstead Theatre in Seminar. He has worked with many of the UK theatre's top directors, appearing three times at the Royal Court in Sliding With Suzanne for Max Stafford-Clark, Plasticine, directed by Dominic Cooke, and Bone, by John Donnelly. At the National Theatre he starred as Andrea Sarti in Bertolt Brecht's The Life of Galileo and as Dapper in The Alchemist, both for Nicholas Hytner. He played the title role in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus,[6][7] again at the Crucible Theatre, with Gerard Murphy as Salieri.[8] Other theatre includes Edward Bond's Lear at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and School Play at the Soho Theatre.

In 2016 he played Willie Mossop in Hobson's Choice with Martin Shaw in London's West End.


Year Film Role Notes
1992 The Life and Times of Henry Pratt Young Henry Pratt TV mini-series (Episode 1.2)
1993 Bonjour la Classe Adam Hunley TV series (6 episodes)
1994 Earthfasts Nellie Jack John TV series (2 episodes)
2000 Losing It Tom TV film
2001 Shockers: Parent's Night Alan TV film
Clocking Off Scott Aindow TV series (1 episode: "Bev's Story")
Dream Bobby
The Bill Tristan King TV series (1 episode: "Lick of Paint")
Mersey Beat David Carter TV series (1 episode: "Dead Time")
Superintendent Winter Sonen TV series (1 episode: "Dans med en ängel")
2002 Strange Toby TV film
Morvern Callar Guy with Hat's Mate
Bedtime P.C. Jones TV series (3 episodes)
White Teeth Young Archie TV series
Dalziel and Pascoe Marcus Vanstone TV series (1 episode: "Mens Sana")
2003 Blue Murder Dean Hendrix TV series (Episode 1.1)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Joseph Nagle, Carpenter's Mate
Foyle's War Kenneth Hunter TV series (1 episode: "Fifty Ships")
2004 Red Cap Sgt. Terry Canavan TV series (1 episode: "Long Time Dead")
Bunk Bed Boys Phil TV film
Passer By Ruddock TV film
The Long Firm Beardsley TV series
Blackpool D.C. Blythe TV series (6 episodes)
2005 Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky Bob TV mini-series
Brothers of the Head Paul Day (1970s)
Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story Sean
Bleak House Prince Turveydrop TV mini-series (6 episodes)
2006 Shameless Jack Wyatt TV series (Episode 3.2)
The Virgin Queen Thomas Wyatt TV series (Episode 1.1)
Vincent Simon Nelson TV series (Episode 2.3)
2007 Blood and Chocolate Rafe
Marple: Ordeal by Innocence Micky Argyle TV film
Sold Danny TV series (6 episodes)
The Old Curiosity Shop Freddie Trent TV film
2008 Torchwood Adam TV series (1 episode: "Adam")
He Kills Coppers Peter TV film
2009 Lewis Phil Beaumont TV series (1 episode: "The Quality of Mercy")
All the Small Things Jake Barton TV series (6 episodes)
2010 Being Human Sykes TV series (Episode 2.4)
Ashes to Ashes Daniel Stafford TV series (Episode 3.4)
Excluded Ian TV film
2011 Eric & Ernie Ernie Wise TV film
Haven Ian Haskell TV series (Episode 2.2)
2012 I, Anna D.C. Peter Hickock
Day of the Flowers Conway
2013 Silent Witness Lucas Ballinger TV series (2 episodes)
Death in Paradise Benjamin Sammy TV series (1 episode)
The Ice Cream Girls Al TV series
2017 Joe Orton Laid Bare Joe Orton BBC2 TV docudrama

Theatre roles

  • Great Apes Arcola Theatre, London (2018)
  • Fatherland, Royal Exchange, Manchester (2017)
  • Hobson's Choice (2016) - Willie
  • Kursk, Young Vic (2009)
  • Tinderbox, Bush Theatre, London (2008) - Perchick
  • Amadeus, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (2007) - Mozart
  • The Alchemist, Oliver Theatre, National Theatre, London (2006) – Dapper
  • The Life of Galileo, Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, London (2006) – Andrea Sarti, older
  • Lear, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (2005) – Gravedigger’s son
  • Bone, Royal Court Theatre, London (2004) - Jamie
  • Plasticine, Royal Court Upstairs, London (2002) – Lyokha
  • Sliding With Suzanne, Royal Court Theatre, London (2001) – Luka
  • School Play, Soho Theatre, London (2001)
  • Two Noble Kinsmen, Globe Theatre, London (2018)

Radio roles


  1. ^ a b Birthday: day (from Twitter) year (30 in 2008 from Cumberland News)
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  2. ^ Cumberland News One of these?
  3. ^ "BBC One - Capital: Episode 1: Credits". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  4. ^ "BBC One - Masters of Phantoms: Wolf Hall Episode 6 of 6: Credits". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  5. ^ BBC - Drama Faces - Bryan Dick
  6. ^ Interview with Bryan Dick on BBC website about his role in Amadeus
  7. ^ "Interview with Bryan Dick on his role in Amadeus". Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2008.
  8. ^ Sheffield Theatres Education Resource Archived 13 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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