Anna Chlumsky

Shakespeare at the Movies (and on Television!) Emmys 2015 Edition

The 67th Annual Primtetime Emmys happened a couple of weekends ago, and many actors were honoured with a statue for their work in television over the last year. I know it’s a bit late, but many of the nominees are seasoned Shakespearean actors, so I had to share a list of their work with all of you!



David Oyelowo (Nightingale)

Appeared in:
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Decretas
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Menacrates
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as Ghost of Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 3 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • As You Like It (2006) as Orlando De Boys

Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall)

Appeared in:
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Ariel
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) Lucentio, Player
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Hamlet
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Romeo
  • Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre, 1995) as Macbeth
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1996) as Proteus
  • The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1998) as Bassanio
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1999) as Cleopatra
  • Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2000) as Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet (British National Theatre, 2000)
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Posthumus/ Cloten
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Olivia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2003) as Richard II
  • Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2004) as Vincentio
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2005) as Prospero/Stephano/Sebastian/Alonso
  • Anonymous (2011) as Condell
  • Much Ado About Nothing (The Old Vic, 2013)

Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)

Appeared in:
  • Titus (1999) as Tamora

Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)

Appeared in:
  • Twelfth Night (Alliance Theatre, 1982)



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Emma Thompson (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center))

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (1989) as Princess Katherine de Valois
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (International Tour, 1990) as Helena
  • King Lear (International Tour, 1990) as The Fool
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Beatrice


Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Appeared in:
  • Richard II (Old Vic Theatre, 2005) as Richard II



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Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Appeared in:
  • Timon of Athens (Sacred Fools Theatre Company, 1998) as Flavius

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Appeared in:
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Park, 1998) as Iachimo
  • Macbeth (Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1998) as Banquo
  • Hamlet (2000) as Laertes
  • Henry V (Shakespeare in Central Park, 2003) as Henry V



Amy Poehler (Parks And Recreation)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet 2 (2008) as Cricket Feldstein


Claire Danes (Homeland)

Appeared in:
Romeo + Juliet (1996) as Juliet

Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele)

Appeared in:

  • The Second City’s Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet (Second City, 2004) as Romeo



Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Music Box Theater, 2004) as Lennox
  • Richard III (The Public Theatre, 2004) as Buckingham

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Appeared in:
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales- Julius Caesar (TV mini-series, 1994) as Mark Antony
  • Richard III (1995) as Lord William Hastings
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998) as Ralph Bashford

Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Public Theatre, 2004) as Richard III

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Tron Theatre, 1985) as Malcom
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Courtier, Silvius
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Titus (1999) as Saturninus
  • The Tempest (2010) as Sebastian

Allison Janney (Mom)

Appeared in:
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) as Ms. Perky

Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (Astoria Performing Arts Center, 2004) as Isabella

Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1982) as Helena

Paul Giamatti (Inside Amy Schumer)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Yale University Theater, 2013) as Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Friar Laurence



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F. Murray Abraham (Homeland)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Belasco Theatre, 1986) as Macbeth
  • The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience, 2007) as Shylock

Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Theatre for a New Audience, 1999) as Banquo




Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black)

Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, 2000)


Joan Cusack (Shameless)

Appread in:
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Goodman Theatre, 1991)




Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones)

Appeared in:
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Roman Citizen
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1960) as Wench
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1960) as Andromache
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961) as Bianca
  • The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Adriana
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Lady Macduff
  • King Lear ((Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Cordelia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Helena
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1966) as Viola
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) as Helena
  • Julius Caesar (1970) as Portia
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1972) as Lady Macbeth
  • Richard II (National Theatre, 1972)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1973)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1974)
  • Julius Caesar (National Theatre, 1977)
  • King Lear (TV movie, 1983) as Regan
  • Richard II (National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (National Theatre, 1995)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre, 2001)
  • The WInter’s Tale (National Theatre, 2001)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 2001)


Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Polonius
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Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall)

Appeared in:
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Don John
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1997) as Posthumus Leonatus
  • ShakespeaRE-Told- Much Ado About Nothing (TV mini-series, 2005) as Benedick
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Lord Capulet

Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Freak Show)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1998) as Lady Macbeth
 Did I miss someone? Which of these roles is your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know!