Adrian Lester

We are delighted to announce that Adrian Lester CBE joins the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation as a patron, supporting our aim to fund 100 Black British students through university over the next 10 years!


Award-winning actor and director Adrian Lester CBE was born in Birmingham and studied at RADA. He started his career with a string of West End productions including Company, Fences, As You Like It and Sweeney Todd. Movie roles followed, including Primary Colors, The Day After Tomorrow and Mary, Queen of Scots. Also well known for his TV work, Adrian starred in the long running BBC series Hustle and has since starred in Undercover, Trauma, Life and Riviera. Theatre remains an important part of Adrian’s career and he has taken on many major roles including, Red Velvet, the title role in Peter Brook’s Hamlet, followed by Henry V and Othello directed by Nick Hytner at the National Theatre. Directing credits include Hustle, The Greatest Wealth, Of Mary and Riviera. Adrian is on the board of The Birmingham Rep, is an Ambassador for The Old Vic, The National Youth Arts Trust and Children and the Arts and is Patron of the Primary Shakespeare Company and Everything to Everybody project.

Adrian was made CBE in 2020 for his services to the arts.


You can find the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation’s patrons and ambassadors here.

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