Mark Williams Biography
Mark Williams popularly known for his role as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films was born on 22nd August 1959 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England. He is an actor, screenwriter and presenter. He was one of the stars of the popular BBC sketch show ‘The Fast Show’.
Mark Williams Career in Acting
Mark Williams attended school at North Bromsgrove High School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He began his acting career at the theatre working for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre.He gain popularity through his appearances on the BBC television sketch programmes ‘Alexei Sayle’s Stuff’ and ‘The Fast Show’. In 1982 he made his film debut in the Oxford University Film Foundation production Privileged.
In 2002 Mark Williams began playing the role of Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter film series which is his famous cinema role. Other high-profile appearances include the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Claire Danes in 2007 and a 2012 role in Doctor Who as Brian Williams, father of the Doctor’s companion, Rory.
Since 2013, Mark Williams has appeared as the lead role in the BBC costume drama Father Brown. Williams also featured in the first series of Blandings, the BBC TV adaptation of the P. G. Wodehouse Blandings Castle stories, broadcast in 2013, in which he played Beach, the Emsworth’s tipsy butler; his performance was described as “a delight” by Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail but he did not return for the show’s second season, for which he was replaced by Tim Vine.
Mark Williams has also presented several documentary programmes: Mark Williams’ Big Bangs on the history of explosives, a follow-up to previous series Mark Williams on the Rails, Industrial Revelations and More Industrial Revelations.
Interviewed in 2014 by the Lancashire Evening Post, when asked if some people still saw him as a comedy actor, Mark Williams replied, “Well, it’s only a few people in the BBC. In America, they see me as a major British character actor, but unfortunately, the BBC is pretty parochial and people are institutionalised here.”
Mark Williams Movies/ Films
- 1982: Privileged as Wilf
- 1987: Out of Order as PC
- 1988: High Season – Benny
- 1994: Prince of Jutland as Aslak
- 1996: 101 Dalmatians as Horace
- 1997: The Borrowers as Exterminator Jeff
- 1998: Shakespeare in Love as Wabash
- 1999: Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? as Roland Thornton
- 2000: High Heels and Low Lifes as Tremaine
- 2001: Second Star To The Left as Duke
- 2002: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as Arthur Weasley
- 2002: Anita and Me as The Reverend ‘Uncle’ Alan
- 2002: The Final Curtain as Declan Farrell
- 2004: Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London as Inspector Crescent
- 2004: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as Arthur Weasley
- 2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Arthur Weasley
- 2006: A Cock and Bull Story as Ingoldsby
- 2007: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as Arthur Weasley
- 2007: Stardust as Billy the Innkeeper
- 2009: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Arthur Weasley
- 2010: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Arthur Weasley
- 2010: Flutter as Raymond
- 2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as Arthur Weasley
- 2011: Albert Nobbs as Sean
- 2016: Golden Years as Publican
- 2018: Early Man as Barry
Mark Williams Television Roles
- 1988: The Storyteller as Fearnot’s brother
- 1988: Red Dwarf as Olaf Petersen
- 1988: Alexei Sayle’s Stuff
- 1989: Tumbledown as Lumpy
- 1990: Kinsey as Danny
- 1990: Making Out as Manfred
- 1990: KYTV
- 1991: Merlin of the Crystal Cave as Cerdic
- 1991: Bottom as Boris
- 1993: The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer as Don Powell
- 1994: Health and Efficiency as Steven
- 1994: The Fast Show
- 1994: Chef! as Policeman 2
- 1995: The Big Game as Tommy Hollis
- 1995: Searching as Gerald
- 1995: Peak Practice as Roland Grogan
- 1998: The Fast Show Live
- 1998: The Canterbury Tales as Chanticleer
- 1998: Ted & Ralph as Confirmed Bachelor
- 1999: Hunting Venus as Peter
- 2000: Gormenghast as Professor Perch
- 2000: The Strangerers as Cadet Flynn
- 2001: Fun at the Funeral Parlour as Larry Nazareth
- 2001: Industrial Revelations
- 2002: Shackleton as Dudley
- 2003: Grass as Ben
- 2004: Mark Williams on the Rails
- 2004: Carrie and Barry as Kirk
- 2006: Mark Williams’ Big Bangs
- 2006: Saxondale as Deggsy
- 2007: A Room with a View as Mr Beebe
- 2008: Sense and Sensibility as Sir John Middleton
- 2009: Inspector George Gently as Joe Bishop
- 2009: Blood in the Water as Jerry Hourihan
- 2009: Agatha Christie’s Marple as Claud Evans
- 2009: New Tricks as David Beaumont
- 2010: Merlin as the voice of goblin
- 2010: The Indian Doctor as Richard Sharpe
- 2011: Frankenstein’s Wedding as Alphonse Frankenstein
- 2012: Being Human as Regus
- 2012: Hustle as Dale Ridley
- 2012: Doctor Who as Brian Williams
- 2013: Blandings as Sebastian Beach
- 2013: Still Open All Hours as Planter’s Salesman
- Since 2013: Father Brown as Father Brown
- 2014 – 2015: The Link
- 2015: Drunk History as Robert Catesby
- 2016: Agents of Shield as Ben Harper
- 2016: Twirlywoos as Waiter
Mark Williams Family; Wife and Child
Mark Williams is married to Diane Williams and they have one child.
Mark Williams Interview
Interviewer: How is it frolicking around the Cotswolds in a cassock?
Mark Williams: I wouldn’t call it frolicking — gallivanting maybe! “This is the 46th episode we’ve shot — so we’ve been around quite a few places.”
Interviewer: Have you developed an affection for the locations?
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Mark Williams: I was brought up in Bromsgrove so I am familiar with the area, particularly Stratford and we spent a lot of time in Moreton-in-Marsh [where Mark has relatives], Chipping Campden and now Blockley obviously.
I never knew Blockley before and it is really an extraordinary village. We’ve been made to feel very welcome. “You realise when you film in this area as much as we do that it’s not just about small picturesque villages it’s a big agricultural area too, and we use all the variants of it as we can.
Interviewer: Impressively, Father Brown is now going into its fifth series, what makes it a success?
Mark Williams: Great storytelling. [The series is based on the stories by GK Chesterton.
Interviewer: What appeal do you think Father Brown has over other, better known crime-mystery sleuths — like Sherlock Holmes?
Mark Williams: It’s not an intellectual puzzle to him, it’s a question of people’s souls and he’s much more an intuitive and emotional. It’s not the kind of acrostic, cryptic kind of whodunit and he’s interested in everybody and everything. Which is a great character to play.
Interviewer: We saw that you imported fake snow into Blockley to record a Christmas special — what can you tell us about that?
Mark Williams: It’s set at Christmas! And, nope, I won’t tell you anything else, you’ll have to wait and watch it!
Interviewer: You’ve done a lot in your career, looking back what are you proud of?
Mark Williams: I try not to have favourites. I’ve been lucky that I have been able to do a range of parts. A number of films I’ve done have been memorable… Shakespeare in Love, and we’ve just made Heidi, along with Bill Nighy who was playing Grandpa, which is fun.
Interviewer: You were at the RSC in the 1980s, would you ever return?
Mark Williams: If they want me to play Pandarus [the bawdy pimp-like character] in Troilus and Cressida then I’m available.
Source: Stratford herald