Leander is a LAMDA trained actor, and published author.
He won Best Actor (2001) and Best Supporting Actor (2002), at the OUDS New Writing Festival, and won the LAMDA poetry competition in 2003. He has worked extensively in theatre, most recently in The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Rover, at the RSC. His work on screen includes Captain America: The First Avenger, Atonement, Skins and a recurring role in Holby City.
Leander recently appeared in episode 5 of the new series of Endeavour for ITV and played the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood at the Watermill Theatre. He is currently performing in The Tempest and Henry V at the Rose Theatre, York.
Reviews for Leander as Ariel in The Temspest
- Leander Deeny’s Ariel, witty, athletic, with a self-parodying grace, has attitude. Whatsonstage.com
- Leander Deeny gives a standout performance as the spirit Ariel, impishly flitting about the stage with equal parts mischievous delight and tortured melancholy. He is charmingly ethereal, but also draws many of the biggest laughs. Broadwayworld
- Leander Deeny excels as Ariel, Prospero’s magical lieutenant, capturing the character’s ethereal quality through his impressive physicality. He manages to convey the character’s anger and melancholy at being coerced into service, but also the delight he takes in toying with Prospero’s human prisoners. BritishTheatreGuide
- Leander Deeny is remarkable as the salty, enslaved spirit Ariel, caught in a mutually dependent relationship with his manipulative master Prospero. A later scene between Deeny and Callis is played beautifully, toeing the line between the heart-swelling vulnerability of their connection and the tension of their conflicting needs. Ariel’s “Merrily shall I live now?” is wrenching, particularly combined with his overwhelming urge and frustrating, brief attempt to sob. Arts York
- Best of all is Deeny’s Ariel, as nimble and capricious as the Emcee in Cabaret. YorkPress
Reviews for Robin Hood
- If Alan Partridge and Rik Mayall had a love-child, then Deeny’s Sheriff would be him: an outstanding performance that had the audience in stitches. He cuts a ridiculous villain, whose insults are strange compliments – and his most heinous of crimes is being a terrible musician. thespyinthestalls.com
- The Sheriff of Nottingham is, however, as dastardly as ever – Leander Deeny’s supercharged characterisation is devilishly good. The Guardian
- Leander Deeny heaves enough energy at the slapdash plot to just about sell all the silliness, as a babbling, tantrum-throwing, and unquestionably unhinged Sheriff of Nottingham. The Stage
- Leander Deeny’s manic, swivel-eyed Sheriff of Nottingham wrangling laughs from jokes so weak they ought to be outlawed. The Times
- Leander Deeny is outstanding as the petulant, wicked and nasty Sheriff of Nottingham who relishes in being evil and drives the storyline with endless energy, taking full advantage of the witty script to insult everyone. British Theatre Guide
Leander has been cast as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood at the Watermill Theatre
15 Nov 2018 – 5 Jan 2019
Leander is currently filming the new series of Endeavour.
Reviews in for 'The Rover'
The RSC’s production of The Rover receives 4 star reviews.
The press on Leander in The Rover:
- “The evening’s biggest laugh comes from Leander Deeny” 4 stars, Michael Billington, The Guardian
- “At its comic best, it affords the sight of Leander Deeny’s guileless Blunt” 4 Stars, Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
- “There’s a great comic turn from Leander Deeny” 4 stars, Natasha Tripney, The Stage
- “Leander Deeny’s over-the-edge Blunt…[deserves] a mention” Matthew Salisbury, Stratford Observer
- “How many people are there on that stage to fall in love with! To name only some”Leander Deeny as Ned Blunt, who is the kind of weed you want to cultivate” 5 Stars, Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times
Reviews for 'Two Noble Kinsmen'
Reviews are in for the RSC’s Two Noble Kinsmen, with Leander Deeny.
The press on Two Noble Kinsmen:
Leander Deeny cast in the RSC's Swan season
Leander Deeny will play Host/Doctor in The Two Noble Kinsmen, and Blunt in The Rover at the RSC Stratford, as part of the company’s Swan Season.
The Two Noble Kinsmen will run from 17th August 2016 – 7th February 2017 followed by The Rover, from 8th September 2016 – 11th February 2017.
For more information on both productions, visit the RSC website.
'Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made'
Leander’s one-man-show Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, played at the Edinburgh Festival 2015.
Press on Leander as Timmy Failure:
- “Leander Deeny acts out the tale adapted from Stephan Pastis’ picture book with infectious and unflagging high energy…the model of a children’s show, with real wit, high energy and infectious silliness” – 4 Stars – Gerald Berkowitz, The Stage
- “Eat the heart of this production was one engaging performer who gave it absolutely everything” – Lucy Blackburn, Primary Times