Kenneth Cranham

Kenneth Cranham

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    • December 12th, 1944
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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Acting (53 Credits)

2021Finding Alice as Gerry
2019Mr. Jones as Lloyd George
2019Born a King as Lord Curzon
2019Born a King as Lord Curzon
2019Official Secrets as Judge Hyam
2019Hatton Garden as Brian Reader
2019Hatton Garden as Brian Reader
2017Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool as Joe Turner
2017The White Princess as John Morton
2016War and Peace (2016) as Uncle Mikhail
2014Maleficent as King Henry
2014The Legend of Hercules as Lucius
201437 Days as John Burns
2013Closed Circuit as Cameron Fischer
2012Flying Blind as Victor
2012Suspension of Disbelief as Bullock
2011The Night Watch as Horace Mundy
2010Made in Dagenham as Monty Taylor
2008Valkyrie as Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel
2008Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008) as Mr Clare
2007Hot Fuzz as James Reaper
2007Lilies as Health Inspector
2006A Good Year as Sir Nigel
2004Trauma as DC Jackson
2004Layer Cake as Jimmy Price
2003Pollyanna as Mr. Pendleton
2003Blackball as Chairman Collins
2002Two Men Went to War as Sgt. Peter King
2000Gangster No. 1 as Tommy
2000The Most Fertile Man in Ireland as Da
2000Born Romantic as Barney
2000Shiner as Gibson
2000Kevin & Perry Go Large as Vicar
1999Women Talking Dirty as George
1998Our Mutual Friend
1997RPM as Biggerman
1997The Boxer as Matt MaGuire
1996Bed of Roses as Simon
1996The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as Reverend Millward
1992Tale of a Vampire as Edgar
1991Under Suspicion as Frank Vance
1991Prospero's Books as Sebastian
1989Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit as Pastor Finch
1988Hellbound: Hellraiser II as Dr. Philip Channard / Channard Cenobite
1988Stealing Heaven as Vice Chancellor Suger
1986Dead Man's Folly as Insp. Bland
1981Brideshead Revisited as Sergeant BlockWatch Free
1977Joseph Andrews as The Wicked Squire
1976Robin and Marian as Jack's Apprentice
1974Old Dracula as Paddy
1972Brother Sun, Sister Moon as Paolo
1970Fragment of Fear as Joe
1968Oliver! as Noah Claypole


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