Brian Cox: History on Stage and Screen


17:00 – 18:15 | SUNDAY 14 APRIL


From his Olivier Award-winning turn as Titus Andronicus with the RSC to his Golden Globe-winning performance as media magnate Logan Roy in HBO’s Succession, Brian Cox has made his name as an actor of unparalleled distinction and versatility. In this unmissable event, he looks back at his experiences ‘performing history’ and revisits some of his most impactful historical roles and influences – from his earliest experiences of Shakespeare and Chekhov to his iconic historical roles in films such as Braveheart, Troy and Churchill, and forthcoming portrayal of James Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s 1957-Pulitzer-winning Long Day’s Journey into Night (Wyndham’s Theatre, London).

The event is chaired by BBC broadcaster, author and journalist, Clive Myrie (Everything is Everything: A Memoir of Love, Hate and Hope).

About the speakers

  • Clive Myrie: Clive Myrie is a multi-award-winning broadcaster and the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent. In a career spanning more than 30 years he’s been the Corporation’s Africa, Asia, Europe and Washington Correspondent. He also presents the long-running series, Mastermind, and regularly hosts The BBC Proms. In 2023, he released his memoir Everything is Everything: A Memoir of Love, Hate and Hope.
  • Brian Cox: Brian Cox is an Emmy, Olivier, and Golden Globe award-winning actor, best known for the HBO hit series Succession, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Cox is also the recipient of a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for his portrayal of Hermann Goering in Nuremberg (2000), and has appeared in numerous films including, The Long Kiss GoodnightThe BoxerRushmoreSuper TroopersThe Ring25th HourTroyRed EyeZodiacThe EscapistFantastic Mr. FoxRise of the Planet of the ApesCoriolanusManhunterChurchill, and The Bourne trilogy to name a few. His upcoming films include Little WingThe Parenting, and The Electric State. Cox is also a veteran of the London stage, having won two Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his performances in Titus Andronicus for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Rat in the Skull for the Royal Court. His New York theatre credits include St. Nicholas, which earned him the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actor as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle nominations. Cox has written three books: Salem to Moscow: An Actor’s OdysseyThe Lear Diaries, and his autobiography Putting the Rabbit in the Hat. In 2004, he was honored at the BAFTA Scotland Awards with an Outstanding Achievement Award, and at the 2004 Great Scot Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Empire Magazine awarded him the Empire Icon Award for his film achievements in 2006, and the UK Film Council named him one of the Top 10 powerful British film stars in Hollywood in 2007. In 2003 Brian was made a CBE, a commander of the British Empire.

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