Laurence Olivier Award winning actor Aneurin Barnard is one of the industry’s most promising young actors, having been involved in several critically acclaimed film, television and theatre productions since the start of his already illustrious career.
In early 2017, Aneurin filmed independent comedy feature Dead in a Week, which is currently in post-production. Aneurin stars as the young protagonist who outsources his suicide to an ageing assassin after his ninth unsuccessful attempt on his own life. He appears alongside Tom Wilkinson and Marion Bailey in Tom Edmunds’ feature debut.
Aneurin can currently be seen playing one of the young leads ‘Gibson’, in Christopher Nolan’s historical drama Dunkirk. The Warner Bros. film is set during World War II and centres on the Dunkirk evacuation. Aneurin appears alongside a stellar cast including Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles and Kenneth Branagh. The film opened internationally on the 21st July to a host of 5* reviews.
Prior to this, Aneurin was last seen on screens portraying ‘Jimmy Dunn’ in 1970’s dystopian drama series SS-GB for the BBC. The Weinstein Company acquired the US television distribution rights for the five-part miniseries, based on Len Deighton’s 1978 novel of the same name, which has been adapted by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. SS-GB screened on BBC One in February 2017 and also starred Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth and Jason Flemyng.
In 2016, Aneurin filmed the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart drama Interlude in Prague in which he stars as ‘Mozart’, opposite Morfydd Clark. Directed by John Stephenson, the feature is set in Prague in 1787 and based on true-life events. It follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life Mozart that influenced the creation of the opera Don Giovanni. James Purefoy and Samantha Barks also appear in the feature which was released in May 2017. In early 2017, Aneurin appeared as ‘Mykola’ in Bitter Harvest, directed by George Mendeluk with Samantha Barks, Terence Stamp and Max Irons. The romantic epic is set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine and was release in the UK and US in February 2017.
In January 2016, Aneurin portrayed ‘Boris Drubetskoy’ in the BBC/Weinstein co-production War and Peace. The epic six-episode drama, adapted from Tolstoy’s classic novel of the same name, also stars Jessie Buckley, Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton and Chloe Pirrie, and is set against the backdrop of Russia’s wars with Napoleon, revolving around five aristocratic families during the reign of Alexander I. The series was broadcast on BBC One in the UK and on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel in the US. Aneurin was nominated for a Welsh BAFTA in the category of ‘Best Actor’ at the 2016 awards for the role. In the same year, Aneurin also starred in the BBC Three mini-series Thirteen as ‘Tim’ opposite Valene Kane and Jodie Comer. Created by Marnie Dickens, the original five-part series narrates the story of 26-year-old Ivy Moxam who has been kidnapped at the age of thirteen and steps out thirteen years later. The series aired in February 2016.
In August 2015, Aneurin took on the role of ‘Captain George Bissett’ in the BBC drama The Scandalous Lady W co-starring Natalie Dormer, Shaun Evans and directed by Sheree Folkson. The TV drama centred on the scandalous life of Lady Seymour Worsley. Prior to this, Aneurin was seen in Cilla, starring opposite Sheridan Smith, as ‘Bobby Willis’ Cilla Black’s husband. The biographical drama written by Oscar nominee Jeff Pope (Philomena) for ITV, was broadcasted in three parts on ITV in September 2014. The story follows the Liverpudlian’s rise to fame, from her start as a typist through the 1960’s Beatle’s era.
In January 2014, Aneurin appeared in the title role in the fantasy adventure film The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, starring with Michael Sheen and Lena Headley. He was also seen in The Truth About Emanuel with Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario and in December 2013, Aneurin starred in Sky1’s drama Moonfleet, opposite Ray Winstone, a two-part adaptation of the John Meade Falkner adventure novel of the same name. In July 2013, Aneurin took on the lead role of ‘Tommy’ in independent feature film Citadel, which was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Film and won the Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The film tells the story of an agoraphobic father who teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children. Written and directed by Ciaran Foy, Aneurin won the award for ‘Best Actor’ at the 2012 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea for the role. In the same month, Aneurin also starred in the independent feature Trap For Cinderella playing ‘Jake’ opposite Alexandra Roach and Tuppence Middleton.
Also in 2013, Aneurin was seen starring in hit BBC 1 series The White Queen, where he played ‘Richard III’. Based on the ‘The Cousin’s War’ series of novels by Philippa Gregory and developed for TV by Emma Frost, the story is set in 1464 during the height of the War of the Roses, and focuses on the story of the ongoing conflict for the throne. The ten-part series premiered on in the UK on 16th June and was followed by a US premiere on Starz in August.
In March 2012, Aneurin portrayed legendary photographer ‘David Bailey’ in the BBC Four Film We’ll Take Manhattan, starring alongside Karen Gillan in the depiction of the passionate love affair between Bailey and the 1960s supermodel Jean Shrimpton, directed by John McKay.
Other notable film credits include: Jonathan English’s Ironclad (2011) with Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, and Mackenzie Crook, horror feature Elfie Hopkins: Cannibal Hunter (2012) opposite Ray Winstone and Kimberly Nixon and playing ‘Davey’ opposite Minnie Driver in Hunky Dory (2011).
Aneurin first caught the industry’s attention playing the lead role of ‘Melchior Gabor’ in the Tony Award-winning Musical Spring Awakening, a musical adaptation of German playwright Frank Wedekind's controversial play in the 1890s and won a Laurence Olivier Award for the role in the category of ‘Best Actor in a Musical or Entertainment’ in 2010. He was also selected as a prestigious ‘Star of Tomorrow’ by trade publication Screen International in 2019 and graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.