Victor Maddern

Character & Episode: Det. Sgt. Watts in A Sentimental Journey
Born: 16/03/1928, Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex, England (as Victor Jack Maddern)
Died: 22/06/1993, Hackney, London, England

 

After leaving school, Victor Maddern joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 15, serving in the Second World War as a cadet with the Anchor Line from 1943. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean many times, travelled with troops from India to Burma, and was on the first ship that went into Singapore after the Japanese surrender. He was medically discharged from service in 1946, taking an office job with the same shipping line. In 1947 he went to train at RADA, graduating two years later. His first professional engagement for the screen occurred when film producer / director John Boulting saw his performance in a RADA show which the film actor Maurice Colbourne (1894-1965) produced for students not thought good enough for the end-of-year play, leading to the promise of a small but vital role in the feature film Seven Days to Noon (1950). However, Boulting's fulsome praise of Victor led to the young actor winning a role in the war film Morning Departure (1950) with John Mills, and - remarkably - Boulting altered his filming schedule on Seven Days to Noon in order that Victor could appear in both films. Morning Departure therefore marked Victor's first screen appearance, despite being his second engagement! This started a long career as a versatile and reliable supporting actor, often in British films and on television, frequently playing army roles, tough villains or citizens.

 

Victor also made a name for himself on the stage and radio. One of his first professional stage roles was as Sam Weller in The Trial of Mr Pickwick in 1952, while he began to appear in radio dramas from 1950, starting with Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood (transmitted 23rd January 1950). His television work during the Fifties included Fabian of the Yard (1954) and The New Adventures of Martin Kane (1957), while film work highlights were as Sgt Craig in The Cockleshell Heroes (1955), Figg in the comedy Barnacle Bill (1957) and Knowles in I'm All Right Jack (1959). In 1960 he was a television regular in the comedy series Mess Mates alongside Archie Duncan and Sam Kydd. During the same year Victor made the first of his five Carry On Films when he starred in Carry On Constable (his others were Carry On Regardless (1961), Carry On Spying (1964), Carry On Cleo (1964) and Carry On Emmannuelle (1978) and he would additionally feature in three episodes of the Carry On Laughing television series in 1975).

 

In 1962 he went to America, where he played his first leading screen role alongside the vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy Jr in the CBS Network television series Fair Exchange, in which he - as Tommy Finch, a Londoner - and Foy's character swapped their 18-year-old daughters for a year. While in the States, Victor also made guest appearances in Bonanza and Perry Mason. Back in Britain, he soon gained critical praise for his role as Helicon in a stage production of Caligula in 1964. In 1966 he appeared in The Avengers and a year later played a drunken soldier in the Morecambe and Wise film The Magnificent Two. In 1968 he appeared in Doctor Who and also guested in two 1967-68 episodes of The Saint. In the Seventies Victor continued to be busy, garnering praise for his stage role as the notorious Frank Harris in My Darling Mr Daisy (1970). In 1972 he played a chauffeur in Steptoe and Son and the following year appeared in an episode of The Adventures of Black Beauty. Between 1968 until 1981 he appeared regularly in Dick Emery's BBC Television comedy series, while on stage he enjoyed two stints in The Mousetrap, the world’s longest running stage play.

 

During this period he also featured in television programmes including Steptoe and Son, The Adventures of Black Beauty and Dixon of Dock Green. During the making of Dixon, he got famously tongue-tied trying to say the line "It's down at Dock Green nick", delivering the line twice as "It's down at Dock Green dick", and this became a much repeated outtake in compilation programmes such as It'll Be Alright on the Night. Victor continued to act throughout the Eighties, making contributions to such programmes as Southern Television's Together (as cabbie Harry Klein, 1980), In Loving Memory (1982) and adventure drama C.A.B. (1988). His last screen work was a voiceover for Freddie as F.R.O. 7 (1992), an animated fantasy.

 

As well as being a successful actor, Victor and his wife Joan Neuville (1924-2000) ran Scripts Ltd from 1956, whose sole work was the production and printing of film and television scripts. In 1991 he also opened a public speaking school - called The Talking Point - offering special rates to Conservative politicians and constituency workers. He was a tireless worker for charities and was a member of the Conservative Party.

 

When he died in 1993 of a brain tumour, he was survived by his wife Joan, to whom he was married for more than forty years, and four daughters.

 
 

Philip Madoc

Character & Episode: Rawlins in Never Trust a Ghost
Born: 5/7/1934, Twynrodyn, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (as Philip Arvon Jones)
Died: 5/3/2012, Northwood, London, England

 

As a child, Philip attended Cyfarthfa Castle Grammar School, where he was a member of the cricket and rugby teams, and displayed talent as a linguist. His first acting was in school, according to Philip: "I also remember the excitement in our last year at school when the new English teacher came in and formed a drama society. I got to play Macbeth in the school's first production and I can recall feeling thrilled by the experience." He then studied languages at the University of Wales and the University of Vienna, and at the latter became the first foreigner to win the Diploma of the Interpreters Institute. He eventually spoke seven languages, including Russian and Swedish, and had a working knowledge of Huron Indian, Hindi and Mandarin. He worked as an interpreter, but became disenchanted with having to translate for politicians.

 

He then turned his attentions to professional acting and in 1957 won a place at RADA, where he took the stage name Philip Madoc, drawing inspiration from Madoc, the 12th century Welsh prince reputed to have discovered America more than three hundred years before Christopher Columbus. On completion of his course in 1959, Philip soon acted in repertory theatre. In the later years of his stage career he gained a contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing the roles of Iago, Othello and Dr Faust. He made his television debut in the early 1960s. Among his first works were Amelia and Cross of Iron, both BBC productions. His first radio drama roles came at the same time. From this point onwards, Philip remained busy, particularly on television, and would notch up nearly one hundred and fifty screen appearances.

 

As a television actor Philip first came to widespread recognition in two serials; first as the relentless SS Officer Lutzig in the Second World War drama Manhunt (1970), and then as the vicious Huron warrior Magua in a serialisation of The Last of the Mohicans (1971). He played a character resembling Lutzig, but for comic effect, in The Deadly Attachment, an episode of the comedy Dad's Army, in which he played a U-boat captain held prisoner by the Walmington-on-Sea platoon of the Home Guard. He records names on his "list" for the day of reckoning after the war is won, prompting Captain Mainwaring's famous line, "Don't tell him, Pike!"

 

Films in which Madoc appeared included Operation Crossbow (1965), The Quiller Memorandum (1966), Berserk! (1967), Doppelgänger (1969), Hell Boats (1970), Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), Soft Beds, Hard Battles (1974) and Operation Daybreak (1975). His later film performances included Leon Trotsky in Zina (1985), and Jimmy Murphy in the football movie Best (2000).

 

Philip was also a guest star in many televisions shows most notably in five episodes of The Avengers (between 1962 and 1968). He also had a short spell in Emmerdale Farm in 1978 and his last appearance was in the short film Hawk in 2011. Philip also made a number of sci-fi appearances, in productions including the second Doctor Who feature film, Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966), and later in the BBC series itself on four occasions, most notably as Mehendri Solon in the Tom Baker classic The Brain of Morbius (1976). He appeared twice in the drama series UFO, once as the partner of Ed Straker's estranged wife and then as the captain of a British warship under attack by the aliens. In the pilot episode of Space: 1999 (1975) he had a brief appearance as Commander Anton Gorski, who was replaced by Commander John Koenig for the remainder of the series. Despite all this, Philip remained busy in theatre figuring in numerous theatre runs throughout the country.

 

In his personal life, Philip was married twice. Firstly, he was married to actress Ruth Llewellyn (1943-) from 1963 to 1981, and the couple had two children, son Rhys and daughter Lowri, and five grandchildren. Ruth Madoc is well remembered for her role as Gladys Pugh in the long running comedy series Hi De Hi!. Philip's second marriage, which also ended in divorce, was to Diane, an interior designer. Sadly, Philip died of cancer in 2012.

 
 

Marie Makino

Character & Episode: Old Lady in That's How Murder Snowballs
Born: 15/10/1890, Islington, London, England (as Florence Marjorie Cronin)
Died: 19/12/1976, Denville Hall, Northwood, London, England

 

By the time that she appeared in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Marie Makino had enjoyed a long and wide-ranging career in the entertainment business. Studying at the Bournemouth Conservatoire of Dramatic Art and the London Polytechnic, she began as a performer of monologues, for which she wrote her own material. These would often take the form of spoken performances prior to the screenings of prominent silent films, such as Anna Christie and Squibs' Honeymoon (both 1923). At this time she was using the stage name Madge Makins (Makins being her married name), but in October 1924 she started performing as Marie Makino, to avoid confusion with another London concert comedienne, Madge Macklin.

 

Marie was engaged for concert work, becoming a member of an alfresco concert party, and resident seasons and tours with well-known managements. She played character roles in films, and then went into legitimate theatre. She became a familiar contributor of comic impressions on stage and on BBC Radio, with her earliest recorded credit being on the BBC National Programme in Variety (transmitted on Saturday 10th June 1933). A few years later in 1937 the BBC Regional Programme broadcast one of her concert party engagements from the Alexandra Gardens, Weymouth. Marie's stage act consisted of her applying her make up in front of the audience and playing four or five comic characters. She translated this act to radio on occasion, notably on the BBC Regional Programme's Les Dames Blanches show (transmitted Saturday 13th November 1937), which was set in an imaginary 'radio roadhouse' rendezvous.

 

During the Second World War, Marie was attached to an ordnance factory, producing plays and writing and producing concert party shows and pantomimes. After the war, Elkan Simons engaged her to produce her own version of Babes in the Wood at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. It was so successful that she continued writing and producing other subjects for the same management for a further five years.

 

Marie's television work was, by comparison, modest, though she made effective appearances in The Saint (The Bunco Artists, 1963), Steptoe and Son (Homes Fit for Heroes, 1964; she reprised her role in the radio version of the same episode in 1967) and Frankie Howerd (1966). Her final television role was in 1973 in the series A Picture of Katherine Mansfield.

 

In her personal life, Marie was married to William Brand Makins (1883-1972) from 1911.

 
 

Dolorez Mantez

Character & Episode: Happy Lee in My Late, Lamented Friend and Partner
Born: 1936, Liverpool, Merseyside, England (as Dolores B Mantey)
Died: 30/11/2012, Sydenham, London, England

 

An actress who was born to a Ghanaian father and an Irish mother. She was a semi-regular on television screens in the Sixties and is best remembered for her role as the purple-haired Lieutenant Nina Barry in 23 episodes of the sci-fi series UFO. Dolores originally started her adult career as a seamstress in a dress shop.

 

She began her theatrical life as a singer and went full time when she joined a group and appeared in cabaret on the club circuit. However in 1959, whilst Mantez was visiting her agent she by chance happened to meet an actor's agent who believed her exotic physical appearance was exactly what he was looking for in a film called Sapphire. Despite no acting experience Dolores landed the part of a student in this film and this led to a succession of guest roles in popular television episodes of series such as Shadow Squad, The Avengers and Danger Man. During the Sixties she appeared in a number of musicals which led her to appearing all over Europe. She would later appear with Peter Gilmore in The Onedin Line.

 

Shortly after this Dolores met businessman Robert Harding in a pub and retired from the acting profession shortly afterwards. They married in 1976 and the couple would have one son. She died after a short illness in 2012.

 
 

Anthony Marlowe

Character & Episode: Cranley in When the Spirit Moves You
Born: 12/10/1913, Holborn, London, England (as Thomas Fernando Perredita)
Died: 10/11/1975, Chelsea, London, England

 

Anthony Marlowe was a London born actor who had a successful Hollywood career. He joined the Oxford Repertory in 1934 after being at RADA, acting initially under the name Fernando Perredita. During 1934-35 he was with the Jevon Brandon-Thomas company at Glasgow and Edinburgh; he went on to Sheffield Repertory and made his London debut in 1937 at the Mercury as the Electrician in Theatre Street. After more repertory, he had a season at the Bolton's and first appeared in the West End as Mr Thorpe in The Hidden Years at the Fortune. A gifted and impressive player, among the parts in which he was particularly noted were Randall Utterwood in Heartbreak House at the Arts, the General in The Moment of Truth at the Adelphi and the Rev Oliver Prefoy in Sailor, Beware! at the Strand. In 1938, he made his screen debut in The Great Waltz, following it up a year later with a role in The Great Commandment. He began to focus on film after appearing in the Ted Lewis musical Is Everybody Happy? (1943).

 

Later in his career, Marlowe acted in the British film comedy Doctor in the House (1955) with Dirk Bogarde. In the same year, he starred as Mr Milligan in the short-lived drama Rex Milligan, appearing in three episodes.

 

During 1962 and 1963, Anthony played Geoffrey Stock, a lead character in the second and third series of the ATV crime drama Ghost Squad, figuring in episodes between October 1962 and April 1963 (as screened in the ATV London region where the series was made). When Ghost Squad ended its run, a spin-off series was produced - G.S.5 (1964). In this new series, Anthony played the same character and was joined by a new joint-lead, Claire Nielson as Jean Carter. Perhaps confusingly for viewers, some ITV regions ran this new series before they completed their screenings of Ghost Squad, which they subsequently ran under the G.S.5 name.  Though continuing to make notable appearances in such productions as United! (1966), The Revenue Men (1967) and ITV Playhouse (1968), Anthony was never able to match his high profile Ghost Squad role, and his appearance in Randall and Hopkirk would prove to be his last. He died in 1975, aged only 62.

 
 

Reginald Marsh

Character & Episode: James Laker in When Did You Start to Stop Seeing Things?
Born: 17/09/1926, London, England (as Reginald Albert Saltmarsh)
Died: 09/02/2001, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England

 

Reginald Marsh was born in London in 1926 and grew up on the coast at Worthing in Sussex. After he left school he first worked in a bank. After realising how serious Reginald was about acting, his father introduced him to a retired actress. She introduced Reginald to an agent, who got secured him his first acting role, at the age of 16, as a juvenile in Eden End by J. B. Priestley. He then went into in repertory theatre. Reginald would make well over one hundred screen appearances in drama and comedy, mainly on television.

 

In 1958, he started working behind the scenes of Granada Television, but he soon went back to acting. In the early 1960s, Reginald played works general manager Arthur Sugden in boardroom drama The Plane Makers (1963-64) and also featured as Harry Kane in the BBC soap opera Compact between May and July 1962. In addition to performing, he also wrote for the stage and one of his theatre scripts was made into an Armchair Theatre play in 1965, The Man Who Came to Die; he also took a role in the production. In the Seventies, he was seen in Emmerdale Farm (1973), Crown Court (two serials in 1973-74), Bless This House (1974), Sykes (3 episodes between 1973 and 1976) and The Duchess of Duke Street (1976). Between 1975 and 1977, Reginald played Jerry Leadbetter's boss and Managing Director of JJM, a semi-regular role in the hit BBC sitcom The Good Life. Similar roles followed in George and Mildred from 1976 to 1979 (as Humphrey Pumphrey, Mildred's brother-in-law) and from 1979 to 1987 in Terry and June (as Sir Dennis Hodge, Terry Scott's boss). From 1982 to 1984, he played Reg Lamont in the soap opera Crossroads.

 

In his private life, Reginald was married to actress Rosemary Murray (1925-2014), and they had four children. Reginald had two other children by his first marriage. One of his sons had Down's Syndrome, and during his retirement on the Isle of Wight he actively supported MENCAP. He died in 2001 at his home in Ryde aged 74.

 
 
 

Lois Maxwell

Character & Episode: Kim Wentworth in For the Girl Who Has Everything
Born: 14/02/1927, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (as Lois Ruth Hooker)
Died: 29/09/2007, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

 

Canadian born Lois grew up in in Toronto, attending Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute. After leaving school, her first proper job was as a waitress at Canada's summer resort, Bigwin Inn, on Bigwin Island in the Lake of Bays, Ontario. However, at the age of 15, she ran away and joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps during World War II, a unit formed to release men for combat duties. CWAC personnel were secretaries, vehicle drivers and mechanics, and performed all conceivable non-combat duties. It was whilst in the army she went into entertainment, quickly becoming part of the Army Show in Canada. Later, as part of the Canadian Auxiliary Services Entertainment Unit, she was posted to the United Kingdom, to perform music and dance numbers to entertain the troops, often appearing with Canadian comedians Wayne and Shuster.

 

Lois left the army whilst still in London and then enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she became friends with fellow student Roger Moore. By the age of twenty she travelled to Hollywood, where began appearing in films. She soon won the 'New Star Of The Year - Actress' Golden Globe Award for her role in the Shirley Temple comedy That Hagen Girl (1947). In 1949 she participated in a Life Magazine photo layout in which she posed with another up-and-coming actress named Marilyn Monroe. It was at this time that she changed her surname to Maxwell, a name she borrowed from a ballet dancer friend. The rest of her family also adopted the surname. Despite this initial success, Lois struggled to forge a career in Hollywood and moved to Italy in 1950. She lived there for five years, made a number of films, even became an amateur racing driver, and played a leading role in 1953 in the opera Aida, in which she lip-synched to another woman's singing. Alongside her was a pre-stardom Sophia Loren, who was also performing to another person's singing.

 

On a trip to Paris she met Peter Churchill-Marriott and the couple married in 1957, and they settled in London. Peter nearly died of a heart attack early in their marriage and for most of their time together Lois was the main breadwinner. They would have two children and remained married until Peter's death in 1973. Whilst in England at the end of the Fifities, Lois appeared mainly in television in a number of series, most notably Danger Man and No Hiding Place. However, it was the role of Miss Moneypenny, which she had lobbied for at a time when the family was short of money, that would transform Lois' career in 1962. Director Terence Young, who had once turned her down on the grounds that she looked like she "smelled of soap", offered her a choice of Moneypenny or the recurring Bond girlfriend, Sylvia Trench, but she was uncomfortable with a revealing scene for the latter that she read in the screenplay. The role as M's secretary guaranteed just two days' work at ₤100 a day; Maxwell supplied her own clothes. The Trench character, however, was eliminated after From Russia With Love (1963), so she had made the right choice since she would go on to to star in fourteen films as Moneypenny, the last being A View to A Kill in 1985. By this time, she had been reunited with her old RADA classmate Roger Moore, with whom she had also previously appeared in episodes of The Saint and The Persuaders!

 

Although noted for her Bond role, Lois was busy throughout her run as Moneypenny, appearing in a wide range of parts. For instance, in 1964 she was working as a voice artiste on the Gerry Anderson Supermarionation series Stingray, to which she supplied the voice of Lt Atlanta Shore. Among her other well-known cult television turns were roles in series such as The Baron, Department S and UFO.

 

When Lois' husband died in 1973 she returned to Canada, and as a result her career slowed considerably. In Canada, she wrote a column for the Toronto Sun newspaper and became a businesswoman working in the textile industry. In 1994, she returned to England once more in order to be near her daughter, and retired to a cottage in Frome, Somerset. In 2001 she had surgery for bowel cancer and moved to Perth, Australia, to live with her son's family. She remained there, working on her autobiography, until her death at Fremantle Hospital six years later.

 
 

Paul Maxwell

Character & Episode: Alan Corder in The Trouble with Women
Born: 12/11/1921, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: 19/12/1991, London, England

 

Canadian born Paul served in the Royal Canadian Artillery in Europe during the Second World War. Having originally trained as a medical student, Paul graduated from Yale University with a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. Whilst in England, he met and married Scottish actress Mary Lindsay; the couple would have a daughter, Lindsay. Paul then moved back to America and began acting, making his television debut in General Electric Theatre in 1957. The series was presented by the future American President Ronald Reagan.

 

By the early Sixties, Paul moved to Britain where he was much more in demand. He would make more than one hundred television and film appearances during his career. His American accent was an asset to many productions made in Britain, a most notable instance being his casting as Elsie Tanner's ex-GI bridegroom at her wedding in 1967 on the long-running and popular soap-opera Coronation Street. Paul is also known for his voiceover role as Captain Grey in the first twelve episodes of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. He also played the "man with the Panama Hat" in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and General Maxwell Taylor in A Bridge Too Far (1977).

 

Paul also enjoyed theatre and appeared in the West End several times, including in Twelve Angry Men, and the musical Promises Promises. Other notable appearances for Paul came in UFO, Emmerdale Farm and Aliens. His last appearance was in The Sleepers in 1991. Paul by now was suffering from cancer and died in December of the same year.

 
 

Neil McCallum

Character & Episode: Rev. Henry Crackan in It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water
Born: 20/05/1929, Henley, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: 26/04/1976, Reading, Berkshire, England

 

Canadian by birth, one of Neil's first jobs was as a recreational therapist in a mental hospital; he later claimed that he learned more about acting in this role than he would ever have learned elsewhere. In 1949 he came to England and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His first major appearance on stage was with Sam Wanamaker in The Rainmaker in the mid-1950s. By the early Sixties, Neil started to build up a good television and film career. On TV he appeared in Department S, The Saint and UFO. He also worked as a voice artiste on the feature film Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) and television series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-68), both for Gerry Anderson. His last appearance was in The Protectors in 1973, coincidentally another Anderson production.

 

Over the course of his career Neil notched up over sixty film and television credits, but it is generally thought he underachieved and did not receive the recognition that his talent warranted.

In his private life, at one time early in her career he dated the film star Julie Andrews. Sadly, Neil died much too young, at the age of 45 from a cerebral haemorrhage. His grandson Giles McCullum is also an actor.

 
 

Neil McCarthy

Character & Episode: Griggs in The Man from Nowhere
Born: 26/07/1932, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England (as Eugene Neil McCarthy)
Died: 06/02/1985, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England

 

Although remembered for his height (6ft 1ins), his square jaw bone, and tough guy and villainous roles in a 25-year career comprising more than one hundred screen appearances, there was a lot more to Neil than there might at first have seemed. Born in Lincoln to a well-off family, the son of a dentist, Neil's early education was at Stamford School, where M. J. K. Smith (cricketer) and Colin Dexter (creator / author of Inspector Morse) were fellow students. Neil later studied modern languages at Trinity College in Dublin and after teacher training was qualified to teach both Latin and French. Foreign languages were one of his personal hobbies, but he also put his language skills to use professionally. When he played a Cretan character in the TV series Who Pays the Ferryman? (1977), his accent was so good it fooled a group of Greek film makers visiting the set into believing he was actually from that part of the world. He was also an extremely talented musician, who, according to friends and co-workers, played the piano beautifully, but he never did so in any professional venue on stage or screen.

 

After his teacher training, McCarthy appeared on stage at Oxford repertory theatre, at the Edinburgh Festival and in the West End of London. He made his television debut in October 1958 in the BBC Sunday Night Theatre play Gracie and continued to act into the 1980s until his deteriorating health forced him to retire at the age of 50, his last recorded role being in an episode of the situation comedy Only When I Laugh in 1982.

 

Neil was a fine character actor and is well known for his roles in Where Eagles Dare (1968), a Second World War film that featured Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood; sadly Neil’s character is killed off early in the film. In 1964 he played a character called Private Thomas in the classic film Zulu, which effectively launched the career of Michael Caine. Later, in 1981, Neil, heavily made-up, played Calibros in the fantasy adventure film Clash of the Titans, which had an all star cast headed by Laurence Olivier and Claire Bloom and stop motion animation by effects legend Ray Harryhausen. On television, Neil appeared in many series in a wide variety of roles. Highlights included Great Expectations (1967), Catweazle (1970), Doctor Who (The Mind of Evil, 1971; The Power of Kroll, 1978-79), Jason King (1972), A Little Bit of Wisdom (1976) and Emmerdale Farm (1980-81).

 

Sadly though, Neil suffered for many years from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that develops when the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone during adulthood. This causes bones to increase in size, including those of the hands, feet and face. Other symptoms may include joint pain, thickened skin, deepening of the voice, headaches, and problems with vision. Complications of the disease may include Type II Diabetes, sleep apnoea, and high blood pressure. Despite this, Neil continued working. While his acromegaly sadly pushed casting directors to call on his services to play mainly villains, convicts and soldiers, he was exceptionally good in sympathetic roles, as seen in Catweazle, in which he played the friendly and uncomplicated Sam Woodyard, and as the brainwashed, child-like Barnham in the Doctor Who story The Mind of Evil. Indeed, those who knew him described him as a gentle man who liked the quiet life. Sadly though, by 1980 he was diagnosed as also suffering from motor neurone disease, and this caused his early retirement and death in 1985. Neil was just 53 when he passed away, his death being a great loss to the acting profession.

 
 

T.P. McKenna

Character & Episode: Kevin O'Malley (voice only) in Money to Burn
Born: 07/09/1929, Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland
(as Thomas Patrick McKenna)
Died: 13/02/2011, London, England

 

Irish born T.P. McKenna was from the late Fifties until his death a well-respected character actor building to well over one hundred film and television appearance to his name in a great career. His contribution to Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) was to dub Roy Desmond’s role as Kevin O’Malley, so sadly you do not see TP in the series, but his voice is unmistakable.

 

Throughout his career, TP contributed to many great TV series including The Avengers (1964, 1965, 1968), Danger Man (1965), The Saint (1966, 1968), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Jason King (1972), The Sweeney (1975), Blake's 7 (1978), Minder (1984) and in the Doctor Who serial The Greatest Show in the Galaxy in 1988.

 

Other roles included a recurring role in Callan (1972), a dozen appearances in Crown Court (1974–1982), mainly as barrister Patrick Canty, and also in the popular ATV anthology drama series Love Story (1965-1968). TP also contributed to a number of dramas including The Duchess of Malfi (1972), The Changeling (1974), Napoleon and Love (1974), Holocaust (1978), The Manions of America (1981), To the Lighthouse (1982), Bleak House (1985), Strong Medicine (1986), Jack the Ripper (1988), Shoot to Kill (1990), Scarlet and Black (1993) and the final episode of Inspector Morse (2000).

 

TP also featured in a number of films which included Ulysses (1967), Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs (1971), where he appeared alongside Dustin Hoffman, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977). He was considered one of Ireland's finest Joycean actors and narrated the Emmy-winning documentary Is There One Who Understands Me.

 

On stage he appeared with leading theatre companies, including the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre Company. His West End debut was as Cranly in Stephen D at the St Martin's Theatre in 1963.

 

TP was also a distinguished and instantly recognisable voice on countless radio dramas for BBC Radio and the World Service. He took the role of Phonsie Doherty in Christopher Fitz-Simon's Radio 4 comedy series, Ballylennon and also appeared opposite David Threlfall in the radio drama Baldi. He died at the Royal Free Hospital in London and was laid to rest alongside his wife, May, at Teampall Cheallaigh by the shores of Mullagh Lake in County Cavan, Ireland. TP had been married to May for 52 years until her death in 2007; the couple had five children. Two of his sons, Breffni and Kilian, are also actors.

 
 

Jane Merrow

Character & Episode: Sandra Joyce in Who Killed Cock Robin?
Born: 26/08/1941, Hertfordshire, England (as Jane Meirowsky)

 

A striking and talented actress, who remains active and has her own website and Facebook presence. The daughter of an English mother and German refugee father, Jane first acted at the age of eight. After attending RADA, she began her professional career in 1960 gaining work as an assistant stage manager. Her first screen role (albeit uncredited) followed in 1961, in the comedy film Don't Bother to Knock. Other early credits include The Plane Makers and Lorna Doone, both on television. During the Sixties, she appeared in a number of well-remembered television series, most notably The Avengers, The Saint, Danger Man, The Baron, Man in a Suitcase, The Prisoner and the long thought lost but recently recovered 1965 BBC adaptation of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

 

In 1967, Jane was seriously considered as the replacement for Diana Rigg in The Avengers; she narrowly lost out to Linda Thorson (then a total unknown). In 1968, Jane was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance as Alais, the mistress of Henry II, in the costume drama The Lion in Winter. In the Seventies, Jane enjoyed a spell in America, appearing in several shows including Mission: Impossible, Alias Smith and Jones, Mannix, Cannon and The Six Million Dollar Man.

 

After several years in America, Jane returned to England to successfully run the family business. More recently, she has penned and produced a number of video shorts and has attended several conventions. Jane was once engaged to actor David Hemmings and has been married once. She currently splits her time between homes in London, France and America.

 
 

Kieron Moore

Characters & Episodes: Miklos Corri in When the Spirit Moves You
Born: 05/10/1924, Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland (as Ciarán O’Hanrahan)
Died: 15/07/2007, France

 

Kieron Moore was born into a staunchly Irish Gaelic-speaking family. His father Peadar was a writer and poet and his interests clearly influenced his children, as Kieron's sister Neasa became a stalwart of the Raidió Éireann Players, his brother Fachtna a musical director at Raidió Éireann, and his second sister Bláithín a harpist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Kieron was not immune to the draw of the arts, and when he was invited to join the Abbey Players in the 1940s, his acceptance meant that his medical studies at University College Dublin were cut short. His time in theatre in Dublin was short but his performances well received.

 

By the age of 19 he made his British stage debut as Heathcliff in an adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights (a role he would reprise four years later in 1948 for BBC Television). His first film role was as an IRA man in The Voice Within (1945), and at this time he was acting using his Anglicised name, Kieron O'Hanrahan. This was soon to change. Alexandra Korda, the acclaimed Hungarian film producer and director, was so impressed with Kieron's performance in the West End hit Red Roses for Me that he awarded Kieron a seven year contract with London Films, and this coincided with him adopting the stage name Kieron Moore. A succession of films followed, commencing with a leading role in A Man About the House (1947), the only mis-step being his role of the suave Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina (1948) opposite Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson, for which he received the worst notices of his career. Perhaps unfortunately, it is for this role that he is best remembered today.

 

Kieron's film career took him to Hollywood in 1951, where he had parts in the biblical epic David and Bathsheba and Ten Tall Men, a vehicle for Burt Lancaster. Further roles across the Atlantic followed, including Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), which ranks among the best received live action films made by Walt Disney Productions. Meanwhile, Kieron made many films and television programmes in Britain, including roles in two episodes of Overseas Press Club - Exclusive!, a 1957 series based on true events as reported by foreign correspondents.

 

Moving into the 1960s, Kieron turned in an acclaimed performance in the comedy-thriller The League of Gentlemen, and soon became a favoured television actor, appearing in ITC's Danger Man and Sir Francis Drake, and the BBC's Zero One and Vendetta, among others. When he appeared in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), he had just filmed a Department S episode, Dead Men Die Twice, also for When the Spirit Moves You's director, Ray Austin. After his appearance as Miklos Corri, Kieron's screen roles were almost exclusively for ITC, in The Aventurer, Jason King, The Protectors and The Zoo Gang. The latter would prove to be his final screen credit as he chose to retire from acting in 1974 to become a social activist on behalf of the Third World, and this led to him working with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) for nine years. During that period, he made two documentaries, Progress of Peoples (filmed in Peru) and The Parched Earth (filmed in Senegal).

 

In later life, he turned to project managing, magazine editing and voice-over work, prior to his retirement in 1994 to the Charente-Maritime in France, where he joined the church choir, became a hospital visitor and enjoyed reading French, Spanish, English and Irish literature. Kieron Moore passed away aged 82 on 15th July 2007 and was survived by his wife, Barbara White, who he had married sixty years earlier after meeting her during filming of The Voice Within, their daughter Theresa and sons Casey, Colm and Seán.

 
 

Garfield Morgan

Characters & Episodes: Edwards in You Can Always Find a Fall Guy;
Carlson in The House on Haunted Hill
Born: 19/4/1931, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (as Thomas Timothy Garfield Morgan)
Died: 5/12/2009, London, England

 

Upon leaving school, Garfield was initially an apprentice dental technician before going to drama school in Erdington, Birmingham. He started in repertory theatre at the Arena Theatre in the city in the mid-Fifties and would during the Seventies produce and direct theatre as Associate Director of the Nottingham Playhouse.

 

He made his television debut in 1956 in an uncredited role in The Intimate Stranger. He would go on to appear in well over one hundred productions, mainly limited to television. He started in minor roles but, as the Sixties progressed, he gained better ones and became a familiar face on British television. During the Sixties, Garfield notably worked on Coronation Street, Ghost Squad, The Saint and in 1966 he was for a while a regular cast member of the BBC's Softly, Softly, a spin-off series of Z Cars. He was often cast as policemen and in 1975 he won his most famous role, as DCI Frank Haskins in the popular crime series The Sweeney which also starred John Thaw and Dennis Waterman.

 

Garfield continued to be busy well into the Eighties, featuring in hit series such as Shelley, Boon and The Gentle Touch. As the Nineties approached, his career slowed and in later life he battled with cancer. The disease would later claim him in 2009, only months after his wife had also passed away. His last role was in the film 28 Weeks Later in 2007. Like Frank Maher, another Randall and Hopkirk contributor (see Extras), he was once married to actress Dilys Laye (194-2009). Garfield had a number of hobbies which included golf, photography and riding (show-jumping and eventing). A lesser known fact is that he also provided narration on four of Rick Wakeman's albums.

 
 

Donald Morley

Character & Episode: Inspector Clayton in Never Trust a Ghost
Born: 9/6/1923, Fulham, London, England
Died: 27/5/1999, Richmond, Surrey, England

 

Although now largely forgotten, Donald was a fine actor adept at playing straight roles or comedy, he enjoyed a career spanning four decades in which he amassed well over one hundred film and television credits, with television accounting for the majority.

 

Donald made his television debut in The Same Sky for the BBC in August 1952. He steadily built up a reputation as a reliable supporting actor, and in 1957 he was a cast regular in the children’s serial adaptation of Edith Nesbit's The Railway Children as Mr Gill, the stationmaster. Other notable appearances would follow. He appeared in Coronation Street in 1961 and returned in 1974 playing a different character. His association with soap opera was further reinforced by a long stint as Arnold Babbage in Compact (1962-63),  and two engagements in Emmerdale Farm, the first as the alchoholic Franklin Prescott in 1974, with Donald returning four years later as Alec Ferris. Donald also featured in the early Doctor Who serial The Reign of Terror (1964), in which he played Jules Renan.  He was a familiar face to viewers of the various ITC series, appearing in Interpol Calling, Ghost Squad, The Sentimental Agent, Gideon's Way, The Saint and The Champions.

 

In 1988, he was cast as Mr Gregson in All Creatures Great And Small. His last television appearance came in 1994 in The Brittas Empire, which featured Chris Barrie. In his personal life Donald was married twice to actresses, firstly to Enid Irvin (1921-2013) and then to Marianne Craggs (1929-).

 

Section compiled by Darren Senior

Additional research and presentation by Alan Hayes and Denis Kirsanov

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