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Bertie Carvel stars in Encore's miniseries "The Crimson Petal and the White," a four-part adaptation of Michel Fabers' best-selling novel, as Ashwell.

Bertie Carvel was born in London in 1977, the son of an organizational psychologist and a Guardian journalist. He grew up in Hampstead and went to school there. After school he read English at the University of Sussex and took a First, but more importantly while there he stumbled on to the stage, more or less by accident. It was an epiphany. He went straight on to RADA, graduating in 2003.

His first professional engagement was on Radio 4 and he has gone on to record over fifty radio plays with the BBC. In the theater, his break came when he was invited to join in the development workshops for Coram Boy at the National Theatre Studio. After several weeks of exploratory work on the piece the director, Melly Still, asked him to stay on when the show moved to the Olivier Theatre – it enjoyed a sell-out run and was revived the following year, with standing ovations every night.

While at the NT, he worked with some of the country's foremost directors, great actors and exciting emerging talent, playing opposite Simon Russell Beale in Howard Davies' production of "The Life of Galileo" and Tom Hardy in Nicholas Hytner's "Man of Mode."

Then in 2007 he was cast as the lead in the Rob Ashford's production of "Parade" at the Donmar Warehouse. The true story of Leo Frank, prejudicially tried and sentenced to die for the murder of a young girl in Atlanta Georgia in 1914, it was a huge success, earning him widespread acclaim and an Olivier Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical.

Bertie was also long-listed for the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performance.

On screen, Bertie has given a series of memorable cameos: most recently as the detestable banker in "Sherlock,"the likeable Uncle Neville in "Just William," and the ambitious politician, Alexander Wentworth in BBC1's "Hidden."

In the recording studio, Bertie has narrated audiobooks and read collections of poetry, as well as laying down original cast albums for "Parade," "Matilda" and "Doctor Dee." He has also spent many hours over the last three years voicing the Imperial Agent player character in "Bioware" and LucasArts' epic MMO computer game, "Star Wars: The Old Republic."

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Age: 39 years old
Birthday: September 6, 1977
Height: 6' 0"
Full Name / Real Name: Robert Carvel
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Hometown: Hampstead, England, UK

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