Lady in the Van

Lady in the Van
Opens 13 November in the UK

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Senses and Stage Left

More Alex on the radio this coming week:

Alex plays Frank in the four part drama series "Stage Left" from this Monday on BBC Radio 4. The episode starts at 14.15 and will then be available on BBC iPlayer.

"Senses" started today on BBC Radio 4 Extra. This was first broadcast in 1990. Impressive cast list for this comedy drama in 6 parts: Joan Sims, Charles Gray, Alex Jennings, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Geoffrey Palmer, Lynda Bellingham, Brian Murphy, Rodney Bewes, Liz Fraser, Rory McGrath and Maurice Denham. You can listen here.

Thanks, again, to Uli!

Thursday, January 07, 2016


More information on the new ITV drama "Victoria" is at the ITV Press Centre. Alex plays "Leopold I, King of Belgium and uncle to both Victoria and Albert, who was responsible for arranging their marriage."

The Crown

The trailer for "The Crown" has been released, it looks like Alex plays a good part in this!

Thanks to Kate!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Story of Christmas

From the website of the property and construction industries’ annual Christmas charity event: "The Thirty-Eighth Presentation of The Story of Christmas took place on Wednesday 16 December 2015 at St George’s Hanover Square Mayfair; featuring the Band and Fanfare Trumpeters of the Irish Guards, the Choristers and Layclerks of the Choir of St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle and a glittering cast of celebrated readers who this year included: Robert Bathurst, Mary Berry CBE, Freddie Fox, Ian Hislop, Sir Derek Jacobi CBE, Alex Jennings, Aled Jones MBE, The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH, Hattie Morahan, Sophie Raworth and Imogen Stubbs.

Following the service there was a Champagne Reception and live and silent auctions at The Dorchester, Park Lane."

For a full report and pictures see The Story of Christmas.

Thanks again to Kate!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lots of Pictures

Rex Features has a whole series of pictures from an LA screening. Only small pictures on the website, but worth seeing.

And a whole series of press pictures from various events at Getty Images too.

Thanks to Kate!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Lady Conversation

A lovely long interview at the SAG-AFTRA foundation with Alex and Nick.


Thanks to Uli!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Another Lady Interview

Mr Hytner and Mr Jennings talk about ladies and vans at Academy Conversations. Introducing the phrase "doing a big banana"!

Thanks to Kate!

John Heffernan

Alex seems to be influencing the new generation of actors. John Heffernan, interviewed by The Stage, names Alex his biggest influence. John played George/ASM, in "The Habit of Art" at the National in 2009. Alex played Henry and Benjamin Britten.

Lovely interview at The Stage.

Thanks to Jen!

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Alex at Christmas

A short Christmas radio piece to be broadcast late at night on Christmas Day. "Love Came Down At Christmas" with Alex reading the beginning of John's Gospel.

Details at BBC.

Thanks to Uli!

More Lady Promotion

A talk at Variety:


Alex looks a little tired posing for teh ICAP Charity Day. Apparently he just got off a plane...

Thanks to Kate!


Alex is said to appear in the Holocaust legal drama "Denial". The screenplay is by David Hare, and he appears with Rachel Weisz, Andrew Scott, Tom Wilkinson, Jack Lowden and Harriet Walter. Not much information just yet, This news from

Thanks to Kate!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015


Alex will appear again with pianist Lucy Parham in "Rêverie: The life and loves of Claude Debussy". They will be at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford on 13 February next year.

Information and tickets at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Shakespeare and the Law Report

Alex was one of the readers at the "Shakespeare and the Law" event in Middle Temple Hall on 16 November. With Juliet Stevenson, Samuel West and Sheila Hancock he read excerpts from Shakespeare related to the law. On the websites of Peace Brigades International there is a report.

And a lot of pictures at another page on the same website, here.

Thanks again to Jen!

Sunday, December 06, 2015

More Radio!

Alex reading "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" can be heard again on Radio 4 Extra tomorrow at 05.00 am.

The iPlayer is at BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Thanks to Jen!

And Alex will be playing Arthur Sullivan in a radio series on the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, "A Man of Jollity" later this month. It's on BBC Radio 4 from 21 December. More information on the BBC website.

Thanks to Uli!

Friday, December 04, 2015


It looks like Alex will be on the small screen again soon. He will play the part of Leopold in ITV's "Victoria", a series about the early life of Queen Victoria.

Thanks to Kate!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Evening Standard

Last night Alex attended the Evening Standard Awards at the Old Vic. The pictures, by Richard Young, are at Rex Features.

Lots of other Alex pictures there too!

Thanks to Kate!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Michael Frayn

Alex will appear in a new radio drama series, "Michael Frayn's Matchbox Theatre". The series starts next week, Friday 27 November, at 11.30 on BBC Radio 4.

For more information see BBC Radio 4.

Thanks to Uli!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Express Interview

"The 58-year-old actor, best known for his stage work and playing Prince Charles in The Queen, unassumingly acts his socks off in much the same way as he has throughout his garlanded but under the radar career; by dissolving effortlessly into his character."

The Express has a longer interview with Alex at Express.

And There's More

A podcast from the Barbican:

Barbican Nic and Alex.

You can also find this podcast on iTunes to download.

Then there is the Huffington Post.

And then BBC Leeds' Andrew Edwards, at 1:23.

And more video at the Belfast Telegraph.

All thanks to Kate!

HMV Interview

A lovely double interview with Nicholas Hytner and Alex on that film...

Thanks Kate!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Gaby Roslin

Now! That is Sunday afternoon, 15 November, 3 PM!

Thanks Kate!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Van Promotion

Lots of promotion going on now.

A short interview at Rama's Screen.

Then there is this one, with a rather nice picture, though I'm not sure where the interview is: .

Thanks again to Kate for those two!

And, of course, the interview on "The One Show" last Monday. If you're in the UK it's available on the iPlayer. For non UK, check YouTube.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Alan Bennett

The Guardian has a lovely interview with Alan Bennett on the release of "The Lady in the Van". In it he says about Alex: “My feeling is that probably he’d been doing imitations of me for years and when he did Cocktail Sticks he was simply going public”.

Read the full interview at The Guardian.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

The Wrap

A couple of very nice portraits of Alex on the website of The Wrap:


Alex with Nic Hytner.

Thanks to Kate!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Campden Music Festival 2016

Alex will be at the Campden Music Festival on 8 May next year, with Lucy Parham and Harriet Walter, performing "Nocturne - The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin". Information and tickets at Campden Music Festival.

And if you want to get a taste, check this again: .

Thanks again to Kate!


Alex has just done a photoshoot for the Fishlove, a campaign to help protect Marine environments and inhabitants. The picture was taken by Jillian Edelstein and she posted this picture on Instagram.

The picture I posted on Wednesday was from the same shoot!

More about the campaign and other pictures at Fishlove. This gives an idea of the kind of pictures used in the campaign....

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Van Clips

More and more clips are becoming available. This one may also interest Roger Allam fans...

Then there is:

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Van Tweets

Monday, November 02, 2015

Guardian Interview

Alex talks to the Guardian about his role in "The Lady in the Van" and his career. An interesting interview by Stephen Moss at The Guardian. Apparently he wants to do Desert Island Discs and Strictly Come Dancing....

The picture is by Sarah Lee.

Thanks to Kate and Lori!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Lady Premiere

Kate attended the opening night of "The Lady in the Van" and wrote a report on her Alan Bennett blog. On the same blog she has also collected lots of pictures and videos!

Read the report at On the Outskirts of Nowhere in Particular.

Shakespeare and the Law

Alex is named as one of the readers for "Shakespeare and the Law", at the Middle Temple Hall in London on 16 November. Other readers are Juliet Stevenson, Sheila Hancock and Samuel West.

Booking and more information at Golden Giving.

Thanks to Kate!

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Crown

Alex plays the Duke of Windsor in a new Netflix drama series currently being filmed in London. Matt Smith and John Lithgow are two of his co-stars.

Full story at Daily Mail.

Thanks to Kate and Alex!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

BFI Pictures

There is a lovely set of pictures of the premiere on the "Lady in the Van" Facebook page:

Burberry It Was

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Press Conference

The press conference in full can be seen on .

Graham Norton

The line up for Alex's appearance on the Graham Norton Show appears to be different to the one mentioned before. It'll be Maggie Smith, Justin Bieber, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Cindy Crawford. The show will be broadcast on 30 October.

Read the story at Whatsonstage.

Lady Press Conference

Alex at the press conference for the London Film Festival premiere of "The Lady in the Van".

Thanks to Kate!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Lady in the Van London Premiere

The Lady will have her first showing in London tomorrow night at the Odeon Leicester Square as part of the London Film Festival. The showing is officially supported by the Lord Mayor of London.

More information at BFI London Film Festival.

Alex recorded the Graham Norton show as part of the event, with Maggie Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp. Date of broadcast to be announced.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Words and Music - The Ear's Delight

Last week Alex was one of the readers on BBC Radio 3's Words and Music with Tamsin Greig. The episode is available for another three weeks on BBC Radio 3.

Thanks to Jen!

Sunday, August 16, 2015


The radio series of Ashenden can be heard again on BBC Radio 4 Extra this week. Starts on 17 August. Times and more information at the BBC website.

Thanks to Jen!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Churchill's Secret

Alex is to play Anthony Eden in ITV's feature length film "Churchill's Secret". Filming starts this month and the film will air next year. Michael Gambon takes the part of Churchill.

For more details see the ITV Press Centre.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

About the Lady and the Van

The Telegraph has posted a short behind the scenes film on their website, The Telegraph - Behind the Scenes. Some nice fragments with Alex and a few words about him from Alan Bennett.

Thanks to Kate!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Wonka Farewell

A picture posted on Twitter of Alex and Jonathan Slinger as Alex finishes his year as Willy Wonka.

Thanks to Uli and Kate!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Otherwise Occupied

Looks like Alex has been keeping busy...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dressing Room Secrets

Alex is one of the actors shown transforming into character in the Daily Mail's "Dressing Room Secrets".

Thanks to Kate!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Charlie Finale

As Alex starts his final week as Willy Wonka the Official London Theatre website has an interview with him on playing Wonka and a few other matters.

The interview is at Official London Theatre.

Thanks to Uli!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lady Trailer

The trailer for "The Lady in the Van" is now available!

With background information at The Telegraph.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Olivier Campaign

The campaign to win the Olivier means more new pictures:

With Zoe Wanamaker

If you haven't seen Alex play Willy Wonka yet but still want to, 2 May will be his last performance!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Exploring the Nile

From tomorrow Alex reads Tim Jeals "Explorers of the Nile" on BBC Radio 4 Extra. There are five episodes all to be broadcast this week. For more information see: BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Thanks to Uli!


Charlie is one of the shows up for the audience award at the Oliviers. If you're in the UK you can vote at Olivier Awards official website.

Alex is in a short promotional video for this which you can find on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Backstage at Charlie

Tristram Kenton has created a photo series backstage at "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" for the Guardian. Some nice pictures of Alex in there!

Full gallery at The Guardian.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

So, Tea Anyone? - Cancelled!

You can attend an in conversation with Alex on 26 February at the Rosewood London. The event includes afternoon tea!

For details and booking see Rosewood London.

This event has unfortunately been cancelled!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Cake, Anyone?

Friday, January 02, 2015

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Foyle's War

Just the briefest glimpse of Alex in the trailer for the new series of "Foyle's War". Not sure if that means he will be appearing in the first episode, which goes out on 4 January.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Twitter Questions

Alex did the Charlie Choc Twitter Q&A:

Did anyone join in? I was out and missed it, unfortunately!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cocktail Sticks

Well, a good way to start the new year. BBC Radio 4 will broadcast the NT production of "Cocktail Sticks" on 3 January at 2.30 to 3.30 pm.

More information at BBC Mediacentre.

Monday, November 24, 2014

More Nocturne

Another picture from Lucy Parham, this one from the Q&A after the performance:


Lucy Parham has tweeted a lovely picture of Alex and the other performers at St Johns Smith Square yesterday afternoon:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Children in Need

Alex appeared with the cast of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' on the BBC's Children in Need fundraiser last Friday. The segment can be seen here:

Thanks again to Kate!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Strange Meeting

Alex reads Wilfred Owen's "Strange Meeting" on the website of the Britten-Pears foundation. The video is available on YouTube.

Thanks to Kate!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

November Planning

Some changes have appeared in the diary of Lucy Parham appearances. Alex is no longer mentioned for the BBC Radio 3 broadcast on 20 November. Juliette Stevenson will not now appear on 9 and 23 November but Harriet Walter will.

For more information see Lucy Parham's website.

Thanks to Kate!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


The first official picture was released today. Looks like fun!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

More, more

If you want more pictures of the filming of "Lady in the Van", Kate is collecting them all on her Alan Bennett blog. So check On the Outskirts of Nowhere.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

No Dylan Thomas

Alex will not be appearing at the Dylan Thomas Centenary Gala because of filming commitments.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Dylan Thomas Centenary Gala

Alex is one of the actors appearing at the Dylan Thomas Centenary Gala at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 26 October. Other readers are Tom Hollander, John Owen Jones, Siân Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, Griff Rhys Jones and Owen Teale.

For tickets and more information see the Queen Elizabeth Hall website.

Thanks again to Kate!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


The van has arrived so the filming must be about to start. No lady yet. Or gentleman.

Check: Twitter.

Thanks to Kate!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Don't Be So Dramatic!

... is the name of the podcast that has published the Alex Q&A that took place last week. You can find it at: Stitcher Radio, or you can download the podcast from iTunes.

Thanks to Kate!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alex Event Report

Linda has reported back on the Q&A session today:

"I just got back from the Alex Jennings event at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He was in fine form, relaxed and jovial, often with a huge smile on his face, which was lovely to see. He was looking especially handsome today in his normal brown shoes, striped socks, jeans, grey T-shirt and black linen jacket. A very fine sight, indeed.

He was asked questions by an old friend, Paul Clayton for half an hour, then the audience asked questions. We learned about his early career and Alex talked about several of his favourite plays and directors, his time at Warwick University where he met his wife, how he felt about acting in Stratford as opposed to working in London (enjoyed Stratford, but very full on as no escape), whether he would work in the States (he would now that his children are off his hands), his work on television and in movies. I asked him if he would consider doing Professor Harold Hill in the Music Man and he said he'd love to. I commented that he already had a good American accent, and Paul Clayton asked Alex why he had brought his agent with him!

It was really enjoyable. I wish you could have been there! thanks for letting me know about it, Jolande. I think there were about 70 people in the audience, most of them quite young (20's)."

Thanks Linda!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Roald Dahl Day

Alex appeared in the live event celebrating Roald Dahl Day this afternoon on the stage of Drury Lane singing "Pure Imagination" with the audience. You can see the show and Alex's performance on Puffin's Virtually Live website. Alex appears after about 29 minutes.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

More Castles Background

A longer behind the scenes documentary is now available on the Open University website, with a little more Alex to watch.

See the OU.

Backstage Castles

Getting into work, sitting in the back.

Thank you to Iain McKee, who was in the front.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

In Conversation

On 16 September at 1 pm Alex talks off the record to Paul Clayton at the the Grand Salon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The event is free but you do have to book.

For booking and more information check: Tristan Bates Theatre.

Thanks to Kate and Uli.

If anyone is going, can you send us a report? And picture, of course!

Castles in the Sky - Trailers

Two different trailers for the film that will be broadcast on BBC Two this Thursday:

Short version.

Long version.

Thanks again to Kate!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More Castles

More information and a behind the scenes video of "Castles In The Sky" on the BBC website. As usual, the video is only available in the UK. A few choice words from Alex in there.

See BBC Two.

Special thank you to Penny!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cocktail Sticks

You can now pre-order the audio recording of "Cocktail Sticks" at Amazon. It's a radio adaptation of the play performed at the National Theatre, probably to be broadcast later. The recording should be available from 15 January 2015.

For details see Amazon.

Thanks again to Kate!

Castles in the Sky

This BBC World War II drama will be shown on BBC Two on 4 September from 9-10.30 pm. Eddie Izzard plays Robert Watson Watt, Alex is Henry Tizard. The drama tells the story of the invention of radar.

For more information see the BBC Media Centre.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ice Bucket

Yes, he's done it.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

And more...

... Charlie pictues.

Curious Incident

On 8 July Alex attended the press night for "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" at the London Transport Museum. There is a picture at Getty Images.

Thanks again to Kate!

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Trailer!

And after all those pictures, the new trailer is now available!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

On Acting

In the series "Actors on Acting" Alex talks to the Guardian about playing Henry Higgins, Hamlet and Willy Wonka, making the parts his own and not being able to let go.

The article can be found at the Guardian website.

Thanks to Penny!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

War of Words

Kate has provided some pictures of the "War of Words" reading in London last Monday.

Thanks Kate!

Propeller Theatre

Alex supports the Propeller theatre, which has lost some of its funding:

For more information check the Propeller website.

OK, just

One more then:

Friday, June 27, 2014

More celebrations - Pictures and Video

The Charlie facebook page has a birthday album now with a few more celebration pictures.

And the video, including some Alex comments is at YouTube.

For all pictures see Facebook.

Charlie's Birthday Celebrations

Charlie celebrated its birthday with a party. Broadway World has some of the pictures. Alex can be seen on and offstage.

For the story and other pictures see: Broadway World.