Edward Petherbridge

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Name: Edward Petherbridge
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Date of Birth: 3 August 1936
Home town: Bradford, Yorkshire, UK
Family: Married to Emily Richard (actress), three children.
Education: Esme Church's Northern Theatre School.
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Edward made his professional stage debut at the Ludlow Festival in 1956, playing Gaveston in Marlowe's Edward II.

His first London appearance was at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in 1962, playing Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He began his tenure as part of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company in the 1960s, walking on in Olivier's Othello and later creating the role of Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Edward has been a leading actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theatre; was a founding member of the Actors' Company in 1972; and with Ian McKellen established the McKellen-Petherbridge Group at the RNT in 1985.

He has been praised for both tragic and comic parts, interpreting a wide range of roles from Feydeau to Euripides. His major roles on stage include Newman Noggs in Nicholas Nickleby; Charlie Marsden in Strange Interlude; Gaev in The Cherry Orchard; the Cardinal in The Duchess of Malfi; Alceste in The Misanthrope; Frank Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor; Malvolio in Twelfth Night, King Cymbeline in Cymbeline; Dr Dorn in The Seagull; Sir Anthony Blunt in Single Spies; and Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape. Edward has performed in stage musicals, including Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White and, most recently, Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars.

On television he was a definitive Lord Peter Wimsey in the Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries. Other television appearances include Journey's End, Maigret, A Christmas Carol, The Brief and Midsomer Murders. His film roles include Richard St Ives in Mike Newell's An Awfully Big Adventure. His last film appearance was in Pope Joan in October 2009.

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Non-acting careers:
  • He has devised a number of innovative one-man shows on a variety of subjects. In addition to acting, he has presented mime workshops and directed, particularly for the Actors' Company.
Movies:
  • 1975 - Knots
  • 2003 - The Statement - Dom Vladimir
  • 2008 - Nobody's Business (Short) - Narrator
  • 2009 - Pope Joan - Aesculapius
TV:
  • 1966 - The Rivers Flow East - Chetwyn
  • 1963 - Dixon of Dock Green - Tony Glaister
  • 1966 - The Informer - Ed
  • 1966 - Blackmail - Harry
  • 1967 - Much Ado About Nothing - Conrade
  • 1968 - The Soldier's Tale - The Soldier
  • 1969 - ITV Sunday Night Theatre - Rev Robert Hanley
  • 1970 - Confession - Colin Broderick
  • 1970/77 - Headmaster - Parsons
  • 1970 - Fraud Squad - Roger Simms
  • 1971 - The Guardians - Christopher Hobson
  • 1972 - Softly, Softly: Task Force - Johnny Hicks
  • 1972 - BBC Play of the Month - Lorenzo
  • 1972 - Man at the Top - Leonard Finch
  • 1972 - Armchair Theatre - Roy
  • 1972 - Dead of Night - Edmund
  • 1973 - Full House - Harris
  • 1973 - Wessex Tales - Squire Fellmer
  • 1975 - The Ash Tree (TV Short) - Sir Richard/Sir Matthew
  • 1976 - The New Avengers - Mullins
  • 1977 - Here I Stand - Alcibiades
  • 1977 - BBC2 Play of the Week - Walter Huppenkothen
  • 1079 The Shining Pyramid
  • 1975/79 - Crown Court - Christopher Rochland
  • 1972/79 - ITV Playhouse - Diane/Henry Harrington
  • 1981 - The Three Sisters - Vershinin
  • 1982 - All for Love - Norman Britt
  • 1982 - The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby - Newman Noggs
  • 1983 - King Lear - France
  • 1984 - Pericles, Prince of Tyre - Gower
  • 1987 - A Dorthy L Sayers Mystery - Lord Peter Wimsey
  • 1988 - Journey's End - Lt Osborne
  • 1988 - Strange Interlude - Charles Marsden
  • 1988 - Noble House - Jason Plumm
  • 1989 - No Strings - Sam Jessop
  • 1992 - The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Major Bilideau
  • 1993 - Maigret - Leon Florentin
  • 1994 - Performance - 3rd Committee Member
  • 1995 - An Awfully Big Adventure - St Ives
  • 1996 - Gulliver's Travels - Doctor Pritchard
  • 1999 - A Christmas Carol - Foster
  • 2000 - The Bill - Geoffrey Lanning QC
  • 2001 - Sword of Honour - Peregrin Crouchback
  • 2003 - Silent Witness - Professor Lewis Freeman
  • 2004-05 - The Brief - Gillespie
  • 2007 - Midsomer Murders - Lord Holm
  • 2008 - Clash of the Santas - Village Elder
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Best known for:
  • Extensive stage career
  • TV playing Lord Peter Wimsey in Dorothy L Sayers Mysteries
Awards:
  • He is a winner of the Olivier and London Theatre Critics' Awards, and has twice been nominated for a Tony Award. He has also been a recipient of the Sony Award for Best Actor in a Radio Drama.
Upcoming projects:
  • 2011 - The Borgias - Father Raphael



Page SymbolEDWARD PETHERBRIDGE QUOTES
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  • "There's nothing unserious about comedy; we all know that comedy is a serious business, a serious craft, but it's also as seriously intended as anything else".
  • "If a dog wags its tail at an actor, as you know, always takes notice".

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  • Co-directed a company of the National Theatre with Sir Ian McKellen
  • Has twice been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor for playing Norman Noggs in "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby", a role he recreated in the TV version with the same title. Also nominated for playing Charles Marsden in Strange Interlude in 1985.
  • Gives walking tours of "Theatrical London".
  • In 1989 he was awarded an Honorary D.Litt. by the University of Bradford.


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