Mark Lester


Actor

About

Birth Place
Oxford, England, GB
Born
July 11, 1958

Biography

At the age of eight, Mark Lester kickstarted his acting career. Lester's career in acting began with his roles in various films like the Oskar Werner adaptation "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), "Our Mother's House" (1967) and the dramatic adaptation "Oliver!" (1968) with Ron Moody. He also appeared in "Philip" (1969) and "Eyewitness" (1970). His passion for acting continued to his roles in ...

Notes

From The Guardian (August 22, 2000): Now 41, the star of the film Oliver! won fame at the age of 10. By 14, was earning 100,000 pounds a year as he starred in an average of two films a year.

But, as puberty beckoned, the roles dried up. There seemed little to do but spend his newly released money: on his 18th birthday he was handed 70,000 pounds and went wild. "I bought myself a Ferrari and it was party, party, party," he has said. "It was terrific fun at first. I tried everything that was going, drink, dope, acid - whatever was on offer. For a teenage boy, it was like a dream come true."But it soon turned sour: the 70,000 pounds took just two years to get through, and his three-year relationship disintegrated when his girlfriend tired of his dissolute lifestyle.It was a wake-up call. He ended up in rehab, began to keep fit, and, at 28, went back to school to gain the A levels required to study osteopathy. Now married with young children, he runs a successful osteopathy and acupuncture clinic in Cheltenham.

Biography

At the age of eight, Mark Lester kickstarted his acting career. Lester's career in acting began with his roles in various films like the Oskar Werner adaptation "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), "Our Mother's House" (1967) and the dramatic adaptation "Oliver!" (1968) with Ron Moody. He also appeared in "Philip" (1969) and "Eyewitness" (1970). His passion for acting continued to his roles in projects like "Black Beauty" (1971), "Melody" (1971) and "Who Slew Auntie Roo?" (1971). He also appeared in "Senza Ragione" (1972). During the latter half of his career, he tackled roles in "Scalawag" (1973), "La Prima volta sull'Erba" (1975) and the Oliver Reed historical feature "Crossed Swords" (1978). Lester most recently worked on "Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story" (Animal Planet, 2009-2010).

Life Events

Photo Collections

Oliver! - Movie Posters
Oliver! - Movie Posters

Videos

Movie Clip

Run Wild, Run Free (1969) - Deep In The Black Peat One-sided conversation, as the Colonel (John Mills) shares his thoughts with his mute young friend Philip (Mark Lester), in Run Wild, Run Free, 1969, from the book and screenplay by David Rook.
Run Wild, Run Free (1969) - Come, Philip Mute Philip (Mark Lester) wandering the moors (on location in Dartmoor National Park, Devon, UK), meets the horse for the second time and appears to name it after himself, his first speech, the colonel (John Mills) observing at a distance,in Run Wild, Run Free, 1969.
Our Mother's House (1967) - What's An Orphanage? Eldest Elsa (Margaret Brooks) reads to siblings (Louis Sheldon Williams, Pamela Franklin, Mark Lester, John Gugolka, Sarah Nicholls et al) from the will of their mother, whose passing they elect to conceal from the wider world, early in director Jack Clayton’s Our Mother’s House, 1967.
Oliver! (1968) - Consider Yourself Just the front-end of the mammoth production number from Lionel Bart's "Consider Yourself," featuring Jack Wild (The Artful Dodger) and Mark Lester (title character), from Carol Reed's Dickens-based musical Oliver!, 1968.
Oliver! (1968) - I'd Do Anything The Dodger (Jack Wild), title character (Mark Lester), Nancy (Shani Wallis)and Fagin (Ron Moody) perform Lionel Bart's hit "I'd Do Anything" in Carol Reed's musical version of the Dickens tale, Oliver!, 1968.
Oliver! (1968) - I Want Some More The big moment, Mark Lester (title character) draws the long straw and asks the impermissible question, Harry Secombe and Peggy Mount as Mr. and Mrs. Bumble leading the Lionel Bart song, in director Carol Reed’s Best Picture-winning adaptation of the West End musical based on the Dickens novel, Oliver!, 1968.
Run Wild, Run Free (1969) - I Want To Love Him Following the credits, alarming first scenes as mute Philip, at three ages (finally Mark Lester) wanders from home, mother (Sylvia Syms) and father (Gordon Jackson) ever more frustrated, in Run Wild, Run Free, 1969.

Bibliography

Notes

From The Guardian (August 22, 2000): Now 41, the star of the film Oliver! won fame at the age of 10. By 14, was earning 100,000 pounds a year as he starred in an average of two films a year.

But, as puberty beckoned, the roles dried up. There seemed little to do but spend his newly released money: on his 18th birthday he was handed 70,000 pounds and went wild. "I bought myself a Ferrari and it was party, party, party," he has said. "It was terrific fun at first. I tried everything that was going, drink, dope, acid - whatever was on offer. For a teenage boy, it was like a dream come true."But it soon turned sour: the 70,000 pounds took just two years to get through, and his three-year relationship disintegrated when his girlfriend tired of his dissolute lifestyle.It was a wake-up call. He ended up in rehab, began to keep fit, and, at 28, went back to school to gain the A levels required to study osteopathy. Now married with young children, he runs a successful osteopathy and acupuncture clinic in Cheltenham.