Joseph Drake


Photo: Harry Pedersen


Simon Beresford

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The Jungle Book Dir: Andy Serkis
The Imaginarium
Remainder Dir: Omer Fast
Film 4 / Tigerlilly Films


Vassa National Theatre Studio
Anita & Me Dir: Roxana Silbert
Birmingham Rep & Theatre Royal Stratford East
Romeo & Juliet Dir: Sally Cookson
Rose Theatre Kingston
The Seagull Dir: Russell Bolam
Southwark Playhouse
Macbeth Dir: Daniel Evans
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Shivered Dir: Russell Bolam
Southwark Playhouse
The Lion In Winter Dir: Sir Trevor Nunn
Theatre Royal Haymarket
Deep Blue Sea Dir: Phillip Franks
Chichester Festival Theatre
Njinsky Dir: Phillip Franks
Chichester Festival Theatre
Kingdom of Earth Dir: Lucy Bailey
The Print Room
Vernon God Little Dir: Rufus Norris
The Young Vic
Trust Me Dir: Chris Cowan
Loudmouth Theatre Co.
Unearth Dir: Steven Johnstone
Midland Arts Centre
New Earth Dir: Russel Bolam
Bristol Old Vic


Our World War (Interactive) Dir: Jon Shaikh and Scott Rawsthorne
Foyle's War Dir: Stuart Orme
Greenlit / ITV
Doctors Dir Sasha Damjanovski
Ripper Street (Series 2) Dir: Tom Shankland
Tiger Aspect / BBC
Doctors Dir: Graham Moore
Dangerfield Dir: Lawrence Gordon Clarke


Ten Day Decameron Dir: Jonquil Panting
BBC Radio Drama
The Silence at The Songs End Sweet Talk Productions / BBC Radio 4
Eggy Doylers Dir: Jonquil Panting
BBC Radio Drama


Accents Birmingham (Native), RP, heightened RP, General American, New York, Lowland Scots, Southern Irish, Northern Irish, German, London, Yorkshire, Liverpool, West Country.
Good ear for accents. Phonetically trained.
(*Mother Tongue)
English*, Spanish fluent
Singing Bass
Dance Basic Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Period,
General Stage Combat BADC Level 1 Gold, Horse Riding, Juggling


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“The best performance comes from Joseph Drake as a lonely and distinctly adolescent Konstantin”. - Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Joseph Drake, last year’s big find, is an intense and interesting Konstantin, his passion for avant-garde art and for pretty Nina edging on hysteria, his instability subtly caught as contempt for his mother’s “pointless bland museum theatre” is fuelled by the pathos of an unloved child…” - Libby Purves (The Times)

“Drake handles the melodramatic dead seagull moment deftly, and in the final scenes the pain in his face is so real that it is actually hard to look at” - Libby Purves (The Times)

“The pivotal figure is Ryan, a nerdy teen who’s played with great conviction by rising star Joseph Drake.” - Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“In Russell Bolam’s beautifully acted and designed production, one of the central focuses of interest is the relationship between the clever, UFO-obsessed younger son Ryan (superb Joseph Drake) and his rather dim mixed-race side-kick and tormentor Jack.” - Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Director Russell Bolam ensures the action remains fluid, getting the most out of a terrific cast. Joseph Drake is touchingly naive as the damaged nerdy Ryan…” - Neil Dowden (

“Joseph Drake and Josh Williams as Ryan and Jack are youthful but commanding presences, perfect trailblazers for Ridley’s damaged society; simultaneously ingenuous and pernicious.” - (

“Joseph Drake’s Ryan and Joshua Williams’ Jack are both excellent.” - Aleks Sierz (

“Joseph Drake is equally effective as both the doomed Nijinsky and a bellhop who offers Rattigan something more than room service.” - Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Bravura performances comes from Joseph Drake as an entirely credible Nijinsky…” - Mike Allen (The News -

“It was a treat to see young Joseph Drake again (this year Nijinsky, Vernon God Little and a Tennessee Williams redneck). He plays Prince John as Kevin the Teenager, complete with cries of “You stink!”. Now that I did enjoy.” - Libby Purves (The Times)

“Joseph Drake moves convincingly into adulthood after his successful teenage Vernon God Little at the Young Vic.” - Heather Neill (

“Joseph Drake, fresh from his first professional job starring in Vernon God Little, carries off its extremes with courage and style. He is clearly one of this year’s big discoveries.” - Libby Purves (The Times)

“Joseph Drake is superb…” - Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Joseph Drake, in an impressive professional debut, conveys Vernon’s agility and alienation…” - Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Joseph Drake makes a remarkable stage debut as Vernon…” - Michael Coveney (

“The star, though, is newcomer Joseph Drake in the title role - measured, maddening, vulnerable and engaging.” - Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Young star: Joseph Drake, fresh from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school. His professional debut is a marvel. As a 15-year-old fleeing from smalltown Texas to Mexico after being wrongly accused of successive murders, he hauls it all out: adolescent bewilderment, defiance, sorrow, childlike reasonableness in the face of adult folly. Sometimes Drake freezes into an infinitely pathetic stillness around which the comic horrors whirl. Watch that name.” - Libby Purves (The Times)


Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Eyes: Blue
Hair: Fair
Height: 5’4”

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