Alexander Hanson (actor)

Alexander Harald St John Hanson-Akins (born 28 April 1961) is a Norwegian-born British stage actor who has appeared in numerous plays and musicals in the West End, and also on Broadway.

Personal life

Hanson was born in Oslo, Norway. His mother, Ellen, was half-French, half-Norwegian, and his father was English. After divorce, his mother remarried George Akins, a Nottingham businessman. He initially prepared for a career in hotels and catering, but then decided on a career in acting, and entered drama school. Hanson is an alumnus of Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He has been married since 1989 to actress Samantha Bond, and has two children with her, Molly and Tom.


He appeared in the West End production of An Ideal Husband in November 2010, opposite his wife Samantha Bond. He starred in the West End production of A Little Night Music, and also appeared in the transfer of that production to Broadway in 2009-2010.

Hanson starred in the high-profile West End revival of The Sound of Music in 2006 as Captain Georg Von Trapp. He was brought in to replace Simon Shepherd, who bowed out of the show during previews. Hanson originated the role of Khashoggi in London's We Will Rock You, leaving the production after seven months.

He played Captain Macheath in the Royal National Theatre production of The Villain's Opera, Nick Dear and Stephen Warbeck's updating of The Beggars Opera in 2000.

in 1995, he played opposite Elaine Paige in Sunset Boulevard playing the role of Joe Gillis at the Adelphi Theatre. He played Pilate in the 2012 UK arena tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's popular musical Jesus Christ Superstar, and reprised the role in the 2013 leg of the tour.

In 2013, he was cast in the title role in Stephen Ward the Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical telling the story of the Profumo scandal.


  • Marguerite as Otto
  • The Sound of Music
  • Talking to Terrorists for Out of Joint and Royal Court Theatre
  • We Will Rock You (original cast) as Khashoggi
  • Enter the Guardsman and Brel
  • The Things We Do For Love
  • Shallow End
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Arcadia
  • Aspects of Love
  • Valentine's Day
  • Copenhagen
  • The Villain's Opera
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Candide
  • The Merchant of Venice and The London Cuckolds
  • Cracked and The Memory of Water
  • A Little Night Music
  • An Ideal Husband
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (The Arena Tour as Pontius Pilate)
  • Stephen Ward the Musical as Stephen Ward

    Film and television

    Party Animals, The Bill, Kidulthood, The Fugitives, Murder City, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, The Last Detective, Rosemary & Thyme, Heartbeat, Beech is Back, Relic Hunters, Casualty, The Merchant of Venice, The Escort, Unfinished Business, Peak Practice, Doctor Finlay, Poetry Readings, Ffizz, Fellow Traveller, Museums of Madness, The Black Candle, Taking the Floor, Boon, The Chief, Six Characters in Search of an Author as well as Lewis.