Arthur Hughes

Last updated on the 9 July 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 1992, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. 

Arthur Hughes attended Aylesbury Grammar School and later pursued his passion for acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, graduating in 20131. Despite facing challenges due to radial dysplasia affecting his right arm, Hughes persevered and developed his craft.

Arthur Hughes as Matthew Shardlake
Arthur Hughes as Matthew Shardlake

Arthur Hughes began his career in theatre and radio, but it was his breakthrough television role that gained wider attention. In 2018, he portrayed Ryan McDaniel in the Netflix series “The Innocents”. His portrayal of disability activist Alan Holdsworth in the BBC’s “Then Barbara Met Alan” (2022) received more critical acclaim.

In a groundbreaking move, Hughes became the first disabled actor to play the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “Richard III” in 2022. His performance was both scheming and dark, earning praise from reviewers. Other notable stage credits include “La Cage aux Folles,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and “Romeo and Juliet”.

Matthew Shardlake (Arthur Hughes) and John Barak (Anthony Boyle)
Matthew Shardlake (Arthur Hughes) and John Barak (Anthony Boyle)

Recently, Hughes took on the title role in the Disney+ period drama “Shardlake,” released in May 2024. Screen International recognised him as one of its “Stars of Tomorrow”.

Arthur Hughes has worked various jobs, including bartending, meet-and-greet roles and sales and marketing representation. His determination and resilience have made him a rising star in the industry. Notably, he identifies as “limb different” due to his upper-limb condition, but this has not hindered his success.

Arthur Hughes continues to break barriers, proving that talent knows no bounds, regardless of physical differences. His journey inspires others and exemplifies the power of representation in the entertainment world.


Suggested viewing


Shardlake (2024)

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Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 6.8

In Tudor England, a sheltered lawyer’s life is upended when a powerful official tasks him with investigating a suspicious death at a remote monastery. Amid political intrigue and local hostility, he must solve the crime and fulfill his mission, with failure not an option.

Top cast: Arthur Hughes, Sean Bean, Anthony Boyle, Ruby Ashbourne Serkis, Peter Firth, Brian Vernel, Matthew Steer, Paul Kaye, David Pearse, Joe Barber, Kimberley Nixon.

Another medieval “whodunnit”



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