Over the course of his extensive acting career, Clint has featured across film, television and theatre. Film credits include Mine, Sus, The Trail, Cherps, Mr Inbetween, Everybody Love Sunshine, Love Me Still, Act of Vengeance, The Club, Montant, Unknown, Sahara, Agora, Mr Bean 2 and Shopping.
His television credits include Black Mirror, Timewasters, Death In Paradise, Fallout, Trail & Retribution, Dalziel & Pascoe, Inspector Linely, The Commander, Lock Stock, Thief Takers, and Prime Suspect.
On stage, Clint has worked with heralded directors like Mike Leigh, Simon Mcburney, Dominic Cooke, Micheal Attenbourgh, Jane Howel, Ian Brown, Mike Bradwell, Madani Yohonis, Gbolahan Obesisan, Dawn Walton, and the legendary Philip Hedley. He starred on stage in the National Theatre's Oliver-winning production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Dominic Cook, for which he won best actor in the I.A.R. Awards.
Awards include Best Actor at the British Urban Film Awards, Screen Nation Film and Television Awards, Liege International Film Festival, and The Texas Black Film Festival for ‘SUS.’ Clint has also wracked up numerous nominations including the Independent Spirit Award at the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards for SUS and Best Actor for Ice Cool Recpetion and Cherps at the BFM Awards.
In conjunction with his success as an actor, Clint is also an acclaimed writer and director. Most recently, he penned and directed the widely anticipated Death of England for the National Theatre starring Rafe Spall. Clint also directed the Olivier, Evening Standard, TMA and What's On Theatre Goers, nominated show The Big Life, at TRSE, bringing it to the Apollo Theatre and making it the first Black British musical to go the West End. He went on to write and direct Sylvia Plath and also to direct the award winning The Westbridge at the Royal Court Theatre. Again with the Royal Court, he wrote and acted in The Big Idea - The New Order. He also directed the hit Roy Williams's play Kingston 14 at Theatre Royal Stratford-East, wrote Starter Motor for the BBC’s Soon Gone Windrush Monologues for the BBC, and wrote and co-directed with Simon McBurney The Happy Tragedy of Being Woke for Complicite.
Mark Shenton has been a full-time freelance theatre critic and journalist since 2002. He has variously (and sometimes simultaneously) been chief theatre critic for the Sunday Express, The Stage, WhatsOnStage, What's On in London magazine and LondonTheatre.co.uk, and also written for The Guardian, The Observer, Time Out and the Independent on Sunday during this time.
He has taught at ArtsEd London in Chiswick on musical theatre history since 2012, as well as on the BA Acting course. He regularly hosts live public interviews for venues that have included the National Theatre, the British Library, the Donmar Warehouse and Crazy Coqs with guests that have included Tom Stoppard, Stephen Sondheim, Peter Shaffer, Nicholas Hytner, Bill Kenwright, Tim Minchin and Simon Russell Beale, amongst many others.
He has written liner notes for a number of original cast albums, including the West End recording of Chicago. Mark was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, came to London when he was 16 and has never looked back. He read law at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is also currently President of the Critics' Circle, and is also on the board of Mercury Musical Developments and NSDF. You can follow him on Twitter @shentonstage
Rory Kinnear In Conversation with James Phillips
Writer and NSDF Director James Phillips in conversation with award winning Actor, Writer and Director Rory Kinnear