Like Michael Volpe, Neil Pearson attended the state-run boarding school Woolverstone Hall. He then trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and has spent most of his professional life as an actor. His stage work includes three collaborations with Sir Peter Hall, the West End premiere of Patrick Marber’s Closer, and major London revivals of plays by (among others) Chekhov, Feydeau, Orton, Stoppard and Frayn. On screen his credits include Between The Lines, Drop The Dead Donkey and all three Bridget Jones movies. He is the producer/director of BBC Radio Four’s The Missing Hancocks, a re-recording of every episode of Hancock’s Half Hour that had been missing from the BBC archives, and is the author of Obelisk, a history of the infamous Paris publishing house of the 1930s which, alongside its output of ‘dirty books’, published original work by James Joyce, Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin. He is the proprietor of Neil Pearson Rare Books Ltd., dealing primarily in first edition literature and archives related to the performing arts.
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