He is a council member of the National Youth Theatre for whom, in 1989, he co-wrote Pacha Mama's Blessing about the Amazon rain forests staged at the Almeida Theatre. He is also an Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse.
He and his partner, actress Tessa Peake-Jones (who played his on screen mother in an episode of Only Fools and Horses), have had two children, a daughter (born c. 1992) and a son (born c. 2001), and they live near Oxford.
Hodge has achieved great success on stage in plays by Harold Pinter, including: No Man's Land at the Comedy Theatre in February 1993; Moonlight at the Almeida Theatre in September 1993; A Kind of Alaska, The Lover and The Collection at the Donmar Warehouse in May 1998; as Jerry in Betrayal at the Royal National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre, in November 1998; and as Aston in The Caretaker at the Comedy Theatre in November 2000, co-starring Michael Gambon (Davies) and Rupert Graves (Mick), directed by Patrick Marber.
Hodge admires Pinter and speaks and writes very highly of him and his work, offering him as a "birthday present" on his 70th birthday, among many other things: "My own complete friendship, loyalty and thanks. Manners, civility, celerity, precision, class and clarity.
For the National Theatre in May 1994 Hodge played the title role in Phyllida Law's Olivier Theatre staging of Shakespeare's Pericles; and Al' in Stephen Poliakoff's Blinded by the Sun directed by Ron Daniels at the Cottesloe Theatre in May 1997.
He played Leontes in an RSC revival of The Winter's Tale at the Roundhouse in April 2002 Directed by Matthew Warchus, it was relocated in a world of 'film noir' and Country music, a version of the Shakespeare play originally planned for American production. "Shaven-headed Hodge, a tyrannical Leontes chopping up the verse into tiny spiteful pieces, is a dead-ringer for Orson Welles, bald and fuming, in the penultimate reel of Citizen Kane — even when he comes on in flat cap and plus-fours as a Chicago heavy, dressed for a round of golf..
In April 2003 he portrayed Andrei in Michael Blakemore's revival of Chekhov's Three Sisters at the Playhouse Theatre. The following year he made his Royal Court debut as Barry in Joe Penhall's study of entrapment journalism Dumb Show, directed by Terry Johnson, which opened in September 2004 to positive reviews, particularly for Hodge's performance as a television comedian whose career is on the skids.
During the summer of 2006, he took the title role in a bloodstained revival of Titus Andronicus, at Shakespeare's Globe. Simultaneously he was also making his West End directorial debut with See How They Run, a 1940's wartime farce by Philip King, preceded by a successful UK tour When his production opened In the West End Nancy Carroll took over from Hattie Morahan in the role of the vicar’s young wife
In May 2007 he revealed a fine lyric tenor voice as Frank, the neurosurgeon in A Matter of Life and Death with the Kneehigh Theatre company at the National Theatre, a spectacular production with music, based on events in the movie of the same name. Also in 2007 he guest starred in the Doctor Who audio dramas Urban Myths and Son of the Dragon.
From 9 January to 8 March, 2008, he starred as Albin (and his "alter ego", "the inimitable" Drag queen "Zaza") in the 1983 musical La Cage aux Folles (book by Harvey Fierstein), at the Menier Chocolate Factory
As Maddy Costa noted in her Guardian profile of Hodge:
Hodge received critical and popular acclaim in 1994 as Dr. Tertius Lydgate in the BBC's award-winning production Middlemarch, directed by Anthony Page and adapted by Andrew Davies from the novel by George Eliot. In the US it aired on Masterpiece Theatre in 1994.
His other TV appearances include leading roles in Behaving Badly (1989); Capital City (1989-1990); Bliss (1995); The Uninvited (1997); The Scold's Bridle (1998); Shockers: Dance (1999); The Law (2000); the BBC serial adaptation of Trollope's The Way We Live Now (2001), as Roger Carbury; The Russian Bride (2001); Red Cap (2003-2004); Spooks (2005); ITV's 2007 adaptation of Mansfield Park, as Sir Thomas Bertram; and the made-for-TV film film Lift, directed by James Hawes (Doctor Who), a 2007 Hartswood Films production for BBC Four, as Paul Sykes, "a constantly exasperated, highly-strung middle-aged businessman with commitments."
"I've been writing songs all my life but - apart from the occasional girlfriend late at night - I'd never sung them to anyone. Then last year 2006 I finally started playing at various venues in and around Oxford. Each time I wrote a new song I'd go down the Ex [on Cowley Road] and sing it... Then rightback records asked me to record them. We went into the Blue Moon Studios in Banbury for just four days. This [Cowley Road Songs] is what we came out with....": Douglas Hodge
Douglas Dons His Directors Hat for the Rep; Culture Theatre Terry Grimley Meets Actor, Director and Aspiring Songwriter Douglas Hodge
Oct 17, 2007; Byline: Terry Grimley Douglas Hodge has happy memories of Birmingham Rep, because that's where he and his partner, the actress...