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Nicholas Rowe (actor)

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Nicholas Rowe
Nicholas James Sebastian Rowe

(1966-11-22) 22 November 1966 (age 54)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Years active1984-present
Partner(s)Lou Gish (2000–2006, her death)
Parent(s)Andrew Rowe (father)

Nicholas James Sebastian Rowe (born 22 November 1966) is a Scottish actor.[1] At the start of his career he appeared as the lead in the cinema film Young Sherlock Holmes (1985).

Early life

Rowe was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of English parents Alison, a singer, and Andrew Rowe, a Conservative Party Member of Parliament and editor.[2] He received his formal education at Eton College, where he acted in school productions, and subsequently received a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic studies from the University of Bristol.


Rowe has appeared in a variety of films, television dramas and plays. He played Sherlock Holmes in Barry Levinson's film Young Sherlock Holmes, having read for the part while still at school. He returned to the role of Sherlock Holmes 30 years later in the 2015 film Mr. Holmes, in which he played the part in a film that the "real" Mr. Holmes, now a 93-year-old (played by Ian McKellen) goes to see at a theatre.[3]

Personal life

Rowe was the partner of Lou Gish for six years until her death from cancer in February 2006.[4] Rowe is married with a daughter (born 2009).



Title Role Year
Another Country Spungin 1984
Young Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes 1985
True Blue David Ball 1996
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels J 1998
Hit List Jeremy 2000
All Forgotten Maidanov 2001
Enigma Villers 2001
Lover's Prayer Madianov 2001
Nicholas Nickleby Lord Verisopht 2002
Girl on a Cycle Harry 2003
Hidden Flaws Rental agent 2004
Seed of Chucky Lawyer 2004
The Duel Sheshkovsky 2010
Shanghai Ralph 2010
Delicious Adolf 2013
Mr. Holmes Matinee Sherlock 2015
Snowden Assistant Editor Guardian 2016
Operation Mincemeat
Old Boys Headmaster 2018
Waiting for Anya The Mayor 2020


Title Role Year
The Lawrenceville Stories The Tennessee Shad 1987
Sharpe's Enemy Gilliand 1994
Poldark Lord Edward Fitzmaurice 1996
A Dance to the Music of Time David Pennistone 1997
Longitude King George 2000
The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells (mini-series) Professor Gibberne 2001
Shackleton Thomas Orde-Lees 2002
Outside the Rules Dr. Gerry Saddler 2002
The Lady Musketeer Duke of Buckingham 2004
World's Worst Century (TV documentary) Gui de Chauliae 2004
Princes in the Tower Ambassador de Puebla 2005
The Fugitives (series) Boyer 2005
Space Race (TV documentary) R.V. Jones 2005
A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets Richard Burbage 2005
Beau Brummell: This Charming Man Lord Charles Manners 2006
The Complete Guide to Parenting (series) Marko 2006
A Harlot's Progress Henry Fielding 2006
Sold (series) Richard 2007
Stockwell (TV documentary) Narrator (voice) 2009
Margaret Malcolm Rifkind 2009
Doctor Who: Dreamland (mini-series) Rivesh Mantilax (voice) 2009
National Theatre Live: Nation Father 2010
Loving Miss Hatto James 2012
Da Vinci's Demons Cardinal Orsini 2013
The Last Kingdom Father Assner 2015
The Crown Jock Colville 2016
Doctor Thorne Mortimer Gazebee 2016
Genius Jost Winteler 2017
Riviera Geoffrey Anderton 2017
Washington (mini-series) George Washington 2020
Roadkill (mini-series) Adam De Banzie 2020

TV guest appearances

Series Character Episode Broadcast date
Pie in the Sky Kevin Wright "Lemon Twist" (episode # 2.10) 19 March 1995
Dalziel and Pascoe Gervase Butt "An Autumn Shroud" (episode # 1.3) 30 March 1996
Kavanagh QC Charles Beaufort "Blood Money" (episode # 3.2) 10 March 1997
Kavanagh QC Charles Beaufort "Diplomatic Baggage" (episode # 3.4) 24 March 1997
Dangerfield Dan Spearill "The Long Weekend" (episode # 5.2) 18 September 1998
Let Them Eat Cake Julian Desire "Murder" (episode # 1.2) 16 September 1999
Relic Hunter Peter Graham "The Last Knight" (episode # 1.18) 24 April 2000
Holby City Nathan Cairns "Desperate Measures" (episode # 5.29) 22 April 2003
Midsomer Murders David Heartley-Reade "The Fisher King" (episode # 7.3) 11 January 2004
Hotel Babylon Jonah Slaughter "The Faith Healer" (episode # 3.8) 8 April 2008
Kingdom Robert Morston "Kingdom" (episode # 3.6) 12 July 2009
The Borgias Baron Bonadeo "The Lucrezia's Wedding" (episode # 1.4) 17 April 2011
The Borgias Baron Bonadeo "The Borgias in Love" (episode # 1.5) 25 April 2011
Midsomer Murders Edward Stannington "The Sicilian Defence" (episode # 15.5) 9 January 2013
Inspector George Gently Chief Supt Martin Langham "Gently Going Under" (episode # 6.4) 27 February 2014


  1. ^ Plumb, Ali (21 August 2014). "Exclusive: Nicholas Rowe To Cameo In Mr Holmes". Empire. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Nicholas Rowe Biography (1965-)". Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ Kermode, Mark (22 June 2015). "Mr Holmes review – the old sleuth on the trail of his younger self". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  4. ^ Laird, Fiona (February 25, 2006). "Lou Gish: Actress of intelligence and grit". The Independent.

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