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A British actor most notable for playing the titular Inspector Lynley on ''TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'', Nathaniel Parker's earliest claim to fame was as Flying Officer 'Flash' Gordon on the television show ''Piece of Cake'', about the fighter pilots of [[TheHomeFront the Battle of Britain]]. His most recent high-profile role was as Lord Agravaine on the fourth series of the {{BBC}}'s ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.

His other notable roles include Harold Skimpole on ''Series/BleakHouse'', Gabriel Oak on ''Literature/FarFromTheMaddingCrowd'', Rawdon Crawley in a {{BBC}} adaptation of ''Literature/VanityFair'', Cassio in KennethBranagh's 1995 film version of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', and Edward Rochester in ''WideSargassoSea''.

Parker joined the National Youth Theatre and subsequently studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Afterward he joined the RoyalShakespeareCompany, where he played Bassanio in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' both on the West End and on Broadway. His breakout role was the aforementioned role on ''Piece of Cake'', and he has been a regular presence on television ever since, including a seven-year starring role as Det. Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley opposite SharonSmall as Det. Sergeant Barbara Havers.

Parker is also a voiceover artist who has worked in audio books, most notably on EoinColfer's Literature/ArtemisFowl series.

He has been married to actress Anna Patrick (''Series/{{Rome}}'') since 1992; they have two daughters, Raphaella and Angelica.

!Applicable Tropes:

* {{Corpsing}}: ''So'' much on ''Merlin''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAUPq4oFlxw Here's proof]]. And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m33sYvX20lY it doesn't stop there]].
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Agravaine is evil. Nat Parker is an utterly adorable sweetheart with nothing but good things to say about anybody and a habit of {{corpsing}} at an almost alarming rate.
* RealLifeRelative: Twice in the same film. Wife Anna Patrick was also in ''Othello'', playing Emilia. And the film was directed by his brother Oliver Parker.
* [[ShakespearianActors Shakespearian Actor]]
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: He took the role of Agravaine on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' because his kids were such big fans.