Charles Edwards (born 1st October 1969) is an English actor, he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1992. His first professional theatre engagement was in Blithe Spirit at age 24. Since then he has appeared in many shows such as The Duchess of Malfi, Hay Fever, Private Lives and The Apple Cart. Charles has received acclaim for his Broadway debut performance as Richard Hannay in the 2005 play of The 39 Steps, in the first London production in 2006, and in the first US productions in 2007 (Boston) and 2008 (New York City). He is the only actor from the London production to transfer to the US productions. Charles concluded his run in the play on 6 July 2008. He has made appearances in a good number of Shakespeare plays, including Peter Hall's production of Twelfth Night at the Royal National Theatre (Cottesloe auditorium) as Sir Andrew Aguecheek and as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe, as well as The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream alongside Judi Dench. Charles has also performed in the West End in the original stage play of The King's Speech playing the lead role as Bertie, gaining positive feedback from critics across the board. His film and television credits include Batman Begins, An Ideal Husband, Monarch of the Glen, Mansfield Park, Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes, The Shell Seekers, Colditz and Midsomer Murders. In 2011 he played Michael Palin in Holy Flying Circus, a dramatisation of the controversy surrounding Monty Python's Life of Brian.