Max Beesley is an English actor and musician, best known for his role as Charlie Edwards in the British television drama Hotel Babylon. He portrays Stephen Huntley on the USA Network series Suits.

Suits credits

Stephen Huntley

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Other credits

Biographical information

Personal life

Beesley was born in Burnage, Manchester. His father, Maxton Beesley, Sr., was a professional jazz drummer, and his mother was a jazz singer who performed under the stage name Chris Marlowe. His parents divorced when he was a baby. His middle name was inspired by the American actor Gig Young. His father was a regular guest on the Ted Rogers show 3-2-1, doing impressions amidst the sketches.

Beesley is a supporter of Manchester United. He has a step-brother, Jason Milligan, who is also an actor.

Acting career

Beesley came to prominence with his first major acting role in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, a 1997 television mini-series based on the book of the same name. In 2001, he appeared in the film Glitter, a critical and commercial failure for which he was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor. He also appeared in the film Kill Me Later. He starred in the BBC Three medical drama Bodies, which ran from 2004 to 2007. He also starred in the BBC One series Hotel Babylon from 2006 to 2008. He left the show in March 2008, and returned for a guest appearance in one later episode.

In June 2007, Beesley starred in the ITV series Talk to Me. He also appeared in the film Red Roses and Petrol, and in the BBC thriller The Last Enemy. In September, Beesley was a guest on ITV's Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, where he and Jonathan Wilkes were successful against Ant & Dec in the "Beat the Boys" competition. In October 2008, he appeared in BBC One's remake of the 1970s drama Survivors, as remorseless former criminal Tom Price. The series consisted of six episodes, with a second series of six episodes transmitted in January 2010. He starred in the ITV drama The Reckoning in April 2011.

Beesley has worked as the narrator for several TV adverts, including ITV, NFU Mutual's insurance, Energizer's lithium batteries, and PC World. He also provided the voiceover for Manchester United's 2008–2009 season review DVD. In 2011, he appeared in a TV campaign for the UK recruitment company jobsite, and is also featured on their homepage. Beesley narrated the documentary Chatsworth, shown on BBC One in May 2012.

Music career

Beesley is also a musician, having had a successful career before becoming an actor. He was a chorister at Manchester Cathedral and studied at Chetham's School of Music. He also studied percussion at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with soul singer Omar and toured with the Brand New Heavies on keyboards and percussion. He is also a vibraphone player.

Beesley has performed in concert as a percussionist and pianist for Robbie Williams, Take That, Jamiroquai, and The Paul Weller Movement. He played percussion and piano at Williams' Knebworth gigs in summer 2003 and at Hyde Park for Live 8 London. Williams' first concert of his Close Encounters Tour in Perth, Australia on 30 November 2006 saw Beesley as percussionist for the second half of the show. He also played drums during the performance of "Rudebox" at Williams' second Brisbane concert and during a BBC Electric Proms show.

Beesley was a member of the jazz band Incognito, but after an eight-month tour with them, decided to end his music career and start acting. On 28 October 2006, Beesley appeared as a special guest pianist for James Brown during his performance at the Roundhouse in London as part of the BBC's Electric Proms festival.

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