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Kenneth Cranham

Scottish born actor Kenneth Cranham is one of the most recognisable character actors in Britain. Having trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA, Cranham first came to prominence as Noah Claypole in the 1968 Carol Reed musical Oliver! In the late '70s, Cranham memorably played Sapper Salt in Euston Films' Danger UXB, before taking the title role in the popular postwar set period comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon. His most famous film role from around this time was Dr. Philip Channard in Hellraiser II. In more recent years he has starred in the HBO series Rome, as well as the films Hot Fuzz, Layer Cake, Valkyrie, Made in Dagenham, Maleficent and Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. Among many stage credits are West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, An Inspector Calls (both transferring to Broadway), The Ruffian on the Stair, The Birthday Party and Gaslight (at the Old Vic). For his role as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. In 2016, Cranham won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Andre in Florian Zeller's The Father. The play originated at the Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio in the Autumn of 2014, before touring the country and transferring to the West End in the Summer of 2015, and returning to the Duke of York's Theatre in Spring 2016. The play received an unprecedented five star review from every leading national press publication, and Cranham's performance was described as "the performance of his life" His first wife was actress Diana Quick. He has two daughters: Nancy Cranham with actress Charlotte Cornwell, and Kathleen Cranham with his second wife, actress Fiona Victory, whom he met on the set of Shine on Harvey Moon.

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Dec 12, 1944 In Dunfermline - Scotland - UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard
Latest Project:
Series Finding Alice 2021-01-17
Known For
Poster of The Legend of Hercules
Poster of Valkyrie
Poster of Hot Fuzz
Poster of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Movie National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard Firs 2022
Series Finding Alice Gerry 2021-01-17
Movie Born a King Lord Curzon 2019-04-25
Series The Spanish Princess John Morton 2019-05-05
Movie Mr. Jones Lloyd George 2019-10-25
Series Hatton Garden Brian Reader 2019-05-20
Movie Official Secrets Judge Hyam 2019-08-30
Movie Egon Schiele: Dangerous Desires Leopold Czihaczek 2018-11-10
Series The White Princess John Morton 2017-04-16
Movie Dark Ditties Presents: The Offer The Host 2017-08-01
Series Bancroft Charlie Haverstock 2017-12-11
Movie Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Joe Turner 2017-11-17
Movie Joe Orton Laid Bare Himself 2017-11-25
Series Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories Unknown 2016-05-26
Series War and Peace Uncle Mikhail 2016-01-03
Movie Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II Himself 2015-06-18
Series 37 Days John Burns 2014-03-06
Movie Maleficent King Henry 2014-05-28
Movie The Legend of Hercules Lucius 2014-01-10
Series Inside No. 9 Rupert 2014-02-05
Series In the Flesh Vicar Oddie 2013-03-17
Movie Closed Circuit Cameron Fischer 2013-08-28
Movie Flying Blind Victor 2013-04-12
Movie Panto! Jerry 2012-12-26
Movie Suspension of Disbelief Bullock 2012-11-01
Movie Graffiti Wars Narrator (Voice) 2011-08-14
Movie The Night Watch Horace Mundy 2011-04-04
Movie National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard Firs 2011-06-30
Movie Harold Pinter: A Celebration 2010-01-24
Movie Made in Dagenham Monty Taylor 2010-09-11
Series The Addictions of Sin: WH Auden in His Own Words W H Auden 2009-05-17
Series Moving On Mike 2009-05-18
Movie Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen MJ O'Loughlin 2009-08-05
Series Tess of the D'Urbervilles Mr Clare 2008-09-14
Series Merlin Aulfric 2008-09-20
Movie Valkyrie Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel 2008-12-25
Series Lilies Health Inspector 2007-01-12
Movie Hot Fuzz James Reaper 2007-02-14
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades Colonel Schmidt 2007-12-18
Movie Sinking of the Lusitania Captain Turner 2007-05-12
Movie Heroes & Villains: Napoleon General Carteaux 2007-11-11
Movie The Lavender List Harold Wilson 2006-03-01
Movie A Good Year Sir Nigel 2006-09-09
Series The Line of Beauty Sir Maurice Tipper 2006-05-17
Series Rome Gnaeus Pompey Magnus 2005-08-28
Series New Tricks Unknown 2004-01-01
Movie Man Dancin' D.I. Walter 'Pancho' Villers 2004-02-20
Series The Genius of Mozart Leopold Mozart 2004-03-19
Series Hustle Unknown 2004-02-24
Movie Trauma DC Jackson 2004-09-17
Movie Layer Cake Jimmy Price 2004-09-30
Movie Pollyanna Mr. Pendleton 2003-01-01
Movie Killing Hitler Brigadier Sir Stewart Menzies 2003-03-30
Series Murder Investigation Team Unknown 2003-05-03
Movie Sparkling Cyanide George Barton 2003-10-05
Movie Blackball Chairman Collins 2003-05-18
Movie Two Men Went To War Sgt. Peter King 2002-01-01
Series Believe Nothing Unknown 2002-07-14
Movie Night Flight Ted Atwell 2002-02-02
Movie Women Talking Dirty George 2001-12-07
Movie The Most Fertile Man in Ireland Da 2000-06-08
Movie Kevin & Perry Go Large Vicar 2000-04-20
Movie Gangster No. 1 Tommy 2000-06-09
Movie Lady Audley's Secret Sir Michael Audley 2000-05-17
Movie Born Romantic Barney 2000-09-14
Series The Sins Gilbert 2000-10-24
Series Without Motive DCS Derek Henderson 2000-10-02
Movie Shiner Gibson 2000-09-22
Movie The Last Yellow Len 1999-01-01
Movie The Murder of Stephen Lawrence Michael Mansfield QC 1999-02-18
Series Our Mutual Friend 1998-03-09
Movie RPM Biggerman 1998-06-23
Movie Vigo The Producer 1998-09-14
Movie Midnight Man Brig. Charles Ferguson 1997-08-20
Movie The Boxer Matt MaGuire 1997-12-31
Movie Bed of Roses Simon 1996-01-26
Series Dalziel and Pascoe Tommy Collingwood 1996-03-16
Movie Deep in the Heart Robert Flaherty 1996-10-10
Series The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Reverend Millward 1996-11-17
Movie On Dangerous Ground Brig. Charles Ferguson 1996-05-13
Series Kavanagh Q.C. Unknown 1995-01-03
Movie Requiem Apache Tony 1994-10-11
Movie Tale of a Vampire Edgar 1992-01-01
Movie Monkey Boy Hennessey 1992-12-31
Series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Colonel Schmidt 1992-03-04
Series Heartbeat Unknown 1992-04-10
Series Between the Lines Unknown 1992-09-04
Series Chimera Hennessey 1991-07-07
Movie Prospero's Books Sebastian 1991-08-30
Movie Under Suspicion Frank Vance 1991-09-27
Series Murder Most Horrid Unknown 1991-11-14
Series Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Pastor Finch 1990-01-10
Movie Just Another Secret Brosch 1989-01-01
Movie Stealing Heaven Vice Chancellor Suger 1988-05-20
Movie Hellbound: Hellraiser II Dr. Philip Channard / Channard Cenobite 1988-12-23
Movie The Black and Blue Lamp 1988-09-07
Movie Making Waves Joe Nash 1987-01-01
Movie The Birthday Party Stanley Webber 1987-06-21
Series Inspector Morse Unknown 1987-01-06
Movie Dead Man's Folly Insp. Bland 1986-01-08
Series Lovejoy Unknown 1986-01-10
Series Casualty James Lawrence 1986-09-06
Series A Sort of Innocence 1986-12-01
Movie Lady Windermere's Fan Lord Darlington 1985-09-15
Movie The Dumb Waiter Gus 1985-06-23
Series Reilly, Ace of Spies Lenin 1983-09-05
Series Natural World Unknown 1983-10-30
Series Shine on Harvey Moon 1982-01-08
Movie The Sin Bin Alan Grieves 1981-03-17
Movie The Caretaker Aston 1981-06-07
Series Brideshead Revisited Sergeant Block 1981-10-12
Movie Donkeys' Years Bill Taylor 1980-01-01
Movie The Merchant of Venice Gratiano 1980-12-17
Movie 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Giovanni 1980-05-07
Series Thérèse Raquin Camille Raquin 1980-03-12
Series Danger UXB L / Corporal Salt 1979-01-08
Movie Butterflies Don't Count Tom 1978-11-28
Series Enemy at the Door Jack Foster 1978-01-28
Series BBC Television Shakespeare Unknown 1978-12-01
Movie Joseph Andrews The Wicked Squire 1977-03-09
Movie Robin and Marian Jack's Apprentice 1976-03-11
Movie Vampira Paddy 1974-10-10
Movie The Changeling Antonio 1974-01-20
Movie Achilles Heel Gordon 1973-03-18
Movie Brother Sun, Sister Moon Paolo 1972-03-03
Series Crown Court Unknown 1972-10-11
Series Van der Valk Unknown 1972-09-13
Series Budgie Unknown 1971-04-09
Movie All the Way Up Tom Midway 1970-01-01
Movie Fragment of Fear Joe 1970-09-03
Movie Otley Kid 1969-03-11
Movie Oliver! Noah Claypole 1968-09-26