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Part of a famous acting family, in 2001 Lex Shrapnel attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During this education, he was took time out in 2002 to step into the role of communications officer Mikhail Kornilov in the Harrison Ford-fronted “K-19: The Widowmaker”.
Following graduation, Lex appeared in Andrew Green’s low-budget British horror film “Nine Lives” (2002) opposite Paris Hilton. In the same year, on stage, he played Romeo in Indu Rubasingham's production of “Romeo And Juliet” at the Festival Theatre, Chichester, opposite Emily Blunt as Juliet. He also played the King of France in Jonathan Kent's “King Lear” at the Almeida Theatre.
He appeared in the 2003 Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of “Hamlet” at the Edinburgh Festival and the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Following this theatrical flurry, he revisited the big screen in 2004 to play Thunderbird 5 space monitor John Tracy in the live-action “Thunderbirds” feature film. A succession of other roles soon followed: he starred in the Granada TV thriller “Beneath the Skin” as the evil Fred the Gardener in 2005, and on the big screen in the same year appeared as Tyro in the fantasy horror “Minotaur”.
There was also a cameo as a soldier in Neil Jordan’s “Breakfast on Pluto”.
Lex went back to theatrical performances between 2006 and 2008, becoming one of the ensemble cast for the Histories Cycle from the Royal Shakespeare Company. He appeared at both Stratford Upon Avon and The Roundhouse in London. This led to two prestigious theatrical award nominations.
In 2009 he returned to TV and film work, with a breakthrough performance starring for Channel 5 as Jamie Cartwright, the new "Minder". This role saw him achieve a Cult TV award.
Various on-screen work has followed since, of particular note was the pivotal role in the origin of "Captain America: The First Avenger", playing the rival to emerging hero Steve Rogers, called Gilmore Hodge. Lex notes that he kept being called back for extra scenes by the production team, as the role was enhanced from its original conception.
He also appeared in the BBC’s "Holby City" during 2011, in a story arc that encompassed a quartet of episodes, playing agency nurse Stephen Hopewell, who is initially admitted to the Acute Assessment Unit after a fall.
In 2012, Lex finally appeared in a Kudos Film and Television Production (famous for the likes of "Spooks" and "Life on Mars") - "Hunted". He was cast as one of the starring roles as Ian Fowkes, an ex-Royal Marine, who later went on to join the Special Boat Service C Squadron, responsible for fighting terrorism and intelligence gathering.
Recently, he has had guest roles on the likes of "Endeavour", "Casualty", "By Any Means", "Midsomer Murders", "The Men Who Won The West" and "The Poison Tree". Forthcoming roles include "The Assets", "Sons of Liberty", and the television adaption of "Transporter".
"Doctor Who" fans are familiar with Lex from his audio drama work with Big Finish Productions. He appeared in April 2010’s “Shadow of the Past” as a UNIT soldier, Marshall, opposite the late Caroline John (Liz Shaw from the Jon Pertwee era). He also appeared as Toby in the Jago and Lightfoot serial “The Spirit Trap” for the company.