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Born 7 March 1974, London, England, UK - British theater, television and film actor.
When he was 6 years old, the family moved to the countryside of Kent. Until the age of 14, Menzies attended the experimental school Perry Court Steiner School near Canterbury, where he studies according to the Waldorf system, based on the ideas of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, and then the Frensham Heights school near Farnhem, simultaneously with the future actress Hattie Morahan and actor and singer Jim Sturgess ...
Menzies' childhood hobby was tennis, and the stage was not included in his plans until graduation. His idols were Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Boris Becker. The decisive role in choosing a profession was played by the mother, who in childhood often took her son with her to theatrical performances.
In the 1993-94 academic year, Menzies took an acting course at Stratford-upon-Avon College, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1998, and practiced improvisation techniques at The Spontaneity Shop for a while.
Menzies' television career began with small roles in television films and popular British television series Pure English Murders (2000), Special Forces Elite (2002) and Foyle's War (2002). In one of the television series - the medical soap opera Catastrophe - Menzies appears in a regular role during seasons 13 and 14, playing the drug-addicted son of Dr. Max Gallagher, one of the main characters of the series.
First appeared on the big screen as a supporting role in director / screenwriter Jamie Traves' up-and-coming debut in the low-budget drama The Low Down (2000), starring Aidan Gillen and Keith Ashfield.
At the same time, Menzies actively appears in theaters in the West End, both in classical productions and in modern plays. His theatrical debut took place in 1999 in the tragicomedy of the Bulgarian writer Hristo Boychev "The Colonel-Bird", which tells about a psychiatric hospital lost in the Balkan mountains, a drug addict and her seven patients, one of whom - a deaf actor - was played by Menzies. In 2003, Menzies' work at the theater was nominated for the Ian Charlson Award for playing Tuzenbach in Michael Blackmore's The Three Sisters with Christine Scott Thomas (Masha), Keith Burton (Olga) and Madeleine Woroll (Irina).
In 2005, the actor gained fame outside the UK for the role of the Roman Senator Brutus - one of the leading roles in the large-scale historical television series Rome, a joint project of BBC, HBO and RAI.
In the same year, during a break between filming the series, Menzies first appeared in the theater with the title role, playing Hamlet in a production of Rupert Gould, along with Jane Birkin (Gertrude) and Hilton Macri (Claudius). The production received controversial reviews: the Sunday Telegraph called it "full of strange ideas," The Telegraph's reporter advised Gould "to be less clever and work more with text," and The Guardian's reporter advised him to consider "a lack of common sense." However, the performance of Menzies himself was positively appreciated by critics.
Despite being employed in an advertising campaign for Rima, Menzies joined the tour in late 2005 as the second cast of Alan Bennett's successful new play History Lovers as Irwin's teacher, inspired by Neil Ferguson. Critics noted that Menzies' Irwin was more vulnerable, which added to the character's attractiveness.
The end of 2005 was also marked by rumors of Menzies' romance with Christine Scott Thomas. Despite the fact that this relationship did not continue, according to journalists, it was the affair with the young 31-year-old actor that destroyed the marriage of 45-year-old Scott Thomas with the father of her three children, Francois Olivenn, with whom she lived together for 18 years.
In 2006, the actor uses another break between the filming of Rima to take part in another international project - the next Bond film Casino Royale with Daniel Craig in the title role. Menzies played the small role of Villiers, assistant to the head of MI6 (played by Judy Dench), who simultaneously replaced the two book characters Miss Moneypenny and Bill Tanner, and voiced the Bond dossier on the official website of the film. The film became the fourth most profitable in 2006, as well as the most profitable in the entire James Bond franchise at that time.
Another notable appearance on the screen took place in the role of zoologist von Koren in the American film adaptation of Chekhov's story "Duel", filmed in 2008 in Croatia by the Israeli director of Georgian origin Dover Kosashvili. The main roles in the film were played by Andrew Scott (Laevsky) and Fiona Glaskott (Nadezhda Fyodorovna). The picture was positively received by American critics, Russian critics noted the significant visual borrowing from the film adaptation of Heifitz and the simplification of the plot, from which Laevsky's transformation was practically excluded.
In parallel with his work in the theater, Menzies continues to play episodic roles in British television series: "Excavation", "Peter Kingdom Will Not Leave You", "Ghosts", "Law & Order: London", "Thick of Events" and supporting roles: "The Abyss "(2010)," Shadow Border "(2011) and" Eternal Law "(2011).
In The Eternal Law, which tells the story of two angel lawyers played by Samuel West and Ukweli Roach, Menzies played their protagonist, the demon prosecutor. Critics reacted negatively to the authors' attempt to repeat the success of "Life on Mars" and "Ashes to Ashes", combining forensic drama with fantasy, and rated the series as "ludicrous" and "pompous, flimsy and corny", but noted the efforts of Menzies and the rest of the cast ... After the rating fell from 5.43 million viewers (episode 1) to 2.95 million (episode 5), "Eternal Law" was discontinued by ITV.
In 2011, the low-budget independent melodrama "Forget Me" is released, which tells a chamber story about the incipient feelings between the characters of Menzies and Genevieve O'Reilly. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and was awarded prizes at the independent film festivals in London and Las Vegas, but Menzies's first leading film role went almost unnoticed by the audience due to the limited distribution of the film.
Along with Liam Cunningham and David Warner, he joins the crew of a Russian submarine captured by the Martian ice warrior in the Cold War series of the cult sci-fi TV series Doctor Who, written by Mark Gattis. Despite the low viewership ratings of the series, critics noted the play of the invited actors. In a review of Digital Spy, Morgan Jeffrey awarded the episode five out of five stars and wrote that the episode "featured the best selection of guest stars since the show's 2005 revival."
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