Nathaniel Parker


Nathaniel Parker’s best known for playing a posh toff detective in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. His other TV credits include Vanity Fair, Bleak House and The Private Life Of Samuel Pepys, while he’s also an accomplished theatre and film actor.

What’s he been in?

After graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (where he was the star pupil of his year), Nathaniel joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986.

Nathaniel’s stage work includes Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the RSC, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice directed by the great Peter Hall and Hotspur in Richard II. His television career started in 1989 when he starred in Never Come Back.

Nathaniel went on to appear in films Hamlet, The Bodyguard (with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston) and Wide Sargasso Sea. Memorable television appearances include Joanna Trollope’s A Village Affair, Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, psychological thriller Trust, and his role as Dr Dan Gallagher in McCallum.

In 2001, Nathaniel played soldier Rawdon Crawley in Vanity Fair. The same year he filmed the pilot of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries with Sharon Small and the show has gone from strength to strength ever since. In 2005 he took the role of Harold Skimpole in the BBC ONE all-star adaptation of Bleak House.

Did you know?

Nathaniel gets inundated with questions about the flash sports car his character drives in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. It is in fact a Bristol 410. His brother Oliver is a successful film director.

Nathaniel has starred in his films Unsigned and Othello.

Horses are his passion. He owns top-class horses, his own one being Jellybean. Nathaniel has a quarter share in thoroughbred General Wolfe who finished 12th in the Grand National.

GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips named her baby boy Nathaniel after she met the actor!

Personal Details

Nathaniel was born in London in May 1962. He is married to actress Anna Patrick and they have two daughters, Anjelica and Raphaella.

Sharon Small


Sharon is famous as one half of the crime-cracking pair in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. She’s also starred in two other BBC Dramas, Glasgow Kiss and Sunburn, and recently played fairy queen Titania in the BBC updating of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What’s she been in?

Since 2001 Sharon has starred with Nathaniel Parker in BBC ONE drama The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. She plays the statutory, rebellious side-kick to the aristocratic Lynley, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers.

Sharon plays proud fairy queen Titania in Peter Bowker’s updating of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After an argument, Oberon, king of the fairies (Lennie James), gets his own back on her by making her fall in love with donkey-eared rubbish comedian Peter Bottom, played by Johnny Vegas. Also starring in this romantic comedy are Imelda Staunton, Bill Paterson and Rupert Evans.

Whilst the title is Glaswegian slang for a head butt, Sharon’s role in romantic drama, Glasgow Kiss, was far less severe. The 2000 production saw her play Cara Rossi, the hotshot businesswoman assigned to reinvent a failing newspaper.

From Scotland to Cyprus and then the Algarve, Sharon spent 1998 sunning it up as Carol Simpson in the series Sunburn, which followed the lives and loves of holiday reps.

Sharon has guested in several other hit dramas. She played Boo Wibberly in a 2003 episode of Cutting It. Other credits include The Bill and Hamish Macbeth (1997), Doctor Finlay (1996), and Taggart (1994).

She appears in the 2005 film Dear Frankie, the story of a young single mum trying to protect her deaf son from the truth about his errant father.

Sharon’s stage credits include the West End production of When Harry Met Sally alongside Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Alyson Hannigan. Sharon played Carrie Fisher’s role as Sally’s witty, best friend Marie.

Did you know?

Sharon appeared alongside Hugh Grant in the film About A Boy. She played Grant’s ex-girlfriend, Christine, who convinces him that he will only find fulfillment with a family.

A woman of many talents, Sharon is also a highly skilled soprano, recorder player, and swimmer.

Sharon enrolled in the same drama course at Kirkaldy College as Ewan McGregor and Dougray Scott.

Personal Details

Sharon was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1967, but now lives in London. She is the eldest of five children.

Source: BBC