Who is Alex Hassell?

The three-times Oscar-nominated mystery drama “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, based on the play of the same title by William Shakespeare, came to theaters in January 2022, with the main characters portrayed by the famous actors, who don’t need to be specially presented, Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, but also starring Alex Hassell, who immediately caught the eye of public, who wanted to know more about him.

If you are one of them, let us tell you all about this talented actor, who besides the mentioned role has starred in numerous movies and series, and is also well-known for stage roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, based in London, England.

Posted by 1883 Magazine on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

He has over 45 acting credits to his name, and is perhaps known best for his role as Louis in the 2017 movie “Suburbicon”, directed by George Clooney.

Early life and education

Alexander Stephen ‘Alex’ Hassell was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo on 7 September 1980, in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, thus he holds British nationality and he comes from a family of English descent. Alex was raised in his hometown in a Christian family, by his parents about whom little is known, except that his father was a vicar. He respects their privacy thus he hasn’t spoken about them, and his three older siblings also prefer to keep their lives away from the media’s attention.

Alex had an interest in performing from an early age, and his parents were supportive of his dream of becoming an actor, thus upon matriculating from Moulsam High School in 1998, he enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama, a constituent college of the University of London, from which he graduated with a BA degree in 2001.

Roles in series

Alex made his acting debut portraying Andreo Ray in an episode of the series “Queen of Swords“ in 2001, and then two years later, he made an appearance as Jules in “Murder in Mind” before he was cast in the same year to play Peter Buckhurst in the TV mini-series “Death in Holy Order”.

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In the following years, Alex guest-starred in “Murphy’s Law” (2005) and “Robin Hood” (2006), and was next seen starring as Felix Nash in “Bonkers” in 2007. He also made appearances in numerous series, including “The Bill” (2008), “Legend of the Seeker” (2009), and “Hustle” in 2011, before he was cast to play Colin Nash in the 2013 TV mini-series “Life of Crime”.

Alex’s next notable role came in 2017, portraying Johannes Brandt in another TV mini-series, “The Miniaturist”, followed by his role as Manach in “Genius” in 2018, and then in the following year, he was seen as Translucent in “The Boys”, before his portrayal of Vicious in “Cowboy Bebop” in 2021, which was his most recent television role.

Roles in movies

Alex made his movie debut in the 2001 drama “Hawkins”, followed by his role in “Danielle Cable: Eyewitness” in 2003,. In the same year, he was seen in “Warrior Queen”, “Cold Mountain”, and “The Private life of Samuel Pepys”, while his next role came in 2005, in the movie “Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore”.

In 2008, he was cast to play Nick in “The Sickhouse”, and then in the following year, he was seen as Lysander in the TV movie “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, followed by his roles as Spencer in “Anonymous” in 2011, and as a Drug Dealer in “The Grind” in 2012.

Alex next portrayed Abel White in the 2013 movie “Big Thunder”, and then starred as The Player in “Miss in Her Teens” in 2014, followed by his role as John Thomas in the 2015 movie “Two Down”, also starring Emma King and Tori Butler-Hart; the movie had 10 award nominations and won seven, while Alex won the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Award for Best Actor, and was nominated for the Maverick Movie Award for Best Actor.

Alex made his Hollywood debut portraying Louis in “Suburbicon” in 2017, and then, in the following year, he was cast to play Oliver Gosling in “The Isle” – a fantasy mystery thriller written and directed by Matthew Butler-Hart – followed by his role as Max Rose in “The Red Sea Diving Resort” in 2019.

In 2021, he portrayed Ross in “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, directed by Joel Coen – the movie had 107 award nominations, including three for the Oscars-Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Production Design, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Denzel Washington).

This was Alex’s most recent role, however, in a recent interview for Square Mile, he said: ‘I just did a couple of episodes on a TV thing that I’m not allowed to talk about, but that’ll be out at some point this year.

It’s a co-production of a British and American company’, adding that he will shoot another film, about whom he also wasn’t allowed to share more details, however, the great news is that audiences will be able to enjoy his coming performances.

The Factory Theatre Company

Alex is a co-founder of The Factory Theatre Company’s based in London, of which Emma Thompson and Ewan McGregor among others are members; their first production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” was performed at various pop-up locations across London, and as Alex said:

‘The reason that we created it and the reason that it still exists is to try and find a place for acting that was outside of the industry. As an actor, you usually only get to engage in your craft if someone else from some hierarchical place gives you permission to do it,’ and that seemed wrong to him, so they perform anywhere, even at music festivals at four in the morning.

Currently, Alex is the sole artistic director of his theatre company.

Love life and relationships

Alex hasn’t been the subject of any rumors and controversies concerning his love life and his sexual orientation, and it is widely known that he is a married man. His wife is Emma King, an actress perhaps known best for her role in the 2017 movie “The Vanishing”, and she was also seen starring in “Cowboy Bebop”. Alex prefers to keep his personal matters away from the public eye, thus he hasn’t spoken about how and when he met his future wife, however, many people believe that it was on the set of the movie “Two Down”, in 2014.

Alex avoids sharing photos from his private life on his social media platforms, so it’s hard to find more information about him. There are some photos featuring himself and his wife, but they were taken while they were attending various red-carpet events.

It is assumed that the two married after a year of dating, and as of June 2022, they are still in a marriage, and they don’t have children.

Age, height, and net worth

Alex is 41 years old, and has curly black hair and piercing blue eyes; he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs) and is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall.

According to sources, as of June 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $1.5 million.

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