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2011
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011
Live at the Beacon Theatre

Brian Bedford — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Brian Bedford

Show:
The Importance of Being Earnest

Role:
Lady Bracknell, the judgmental society woman who frowns upon the romantic flings of her nephew and his peers.

Bio Brief:
Born in Yorkshire, England, Bedford trained at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became the protégé of theater icon John Gielgud. Bedford has lived in Ontario for 27 years as a member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Other Honors for this Role:
—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play 

Tony History:
1971: Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, The School For Wives
1992: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, Two Shakespearean Actors
1994: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, Timon of Athens
1995: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, The Moliere Comedies
1997: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, London Assurance
2003: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, Tartuffe

Fun Fact:
Bedford provided the voice of the title character in Disney's 1973 animated version of Robin Hood.

Quotable Quote:
“This [play] is how Oscar Wilde talked, so we’re privileged. Everyone in the cast has their 15 minutes of being Oscar Wilde.” —Bedford in an interview with Broadway.com, 1/11

Other Nominees for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play