Stephen Ventura

Photography © Michael Shelford

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A Manchester lad with Catalan roots, Steve's TV comedy and drama ranges from playing Manuel alongside Alasdair McGowan's Basil Fawlty, to fighting in the trenches with Dan Stevens in 'Downton Abbey', and purveying fish to the inhabitants of Port Gwen in several episodes of 'Doc Martin'. After training at Guildhall, his key roles in theatre have included Launcelot Gobbo in 'The Merchant of Venice' at Chichester, Lucky in 'Waiting for Godot' at Contact, 'Arturo Ui' at Glasgow Citizens, The Provost in 'Measure For Measure' (BITE Festival), The Emperor in 'The Orphan of Zhao' at the RSC and the villainous Mr Anthony in 'Running Wild' at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. He has been directed by Michael Boyd, David Farr, Rufus Norris, Greg Doran, Erica Whyman, and the late Stephen Pimlott and international directors including Yukio Ninagawa, Stephane Braunschweig and Silviu Purcarete. More recent theatre includes, Dad in Nigel Slater's 'Toast' (Lowry /The Other Palace, London) Will Self's 'Great Apes' and the UK Premiere of 'The Dog The Night and The Knife' by celebrated German playwright Marius Von Mayernburg (both Arcola), 'The One That Got Away' (Theatre Royal Bath) and 'The Fifth Column' (Southwark Playhouse).

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