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Kenneth Cranham

1944-12-12 Dunfermline - Scotland - UK

Image of 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.


Official Secrets Judge Hyam 2019-08-30
Mr. Jones Lloyd George 2019-10-25
ولد ملكًا Lord Curzon 2019-04-25
Egon Schiele: Dangerous Desires Leopold Czihaczek 2018-11-10
Dark Ditties Presents: The Offer The Host 2017-08-01
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Joe Turner 2017-11-17
Joe Orton Laid Bare Himself 2017-11-25
Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II Himself 2015-06-18
The Legend of Hercules Lucius 2014-01-10
Maleficent King Henry 2014-05-28
Closed Circuit Cameron Fischer 2013-08-28
Flying Blind Victor 2013-04-12
Suspension of Disbelief Bullock 2012-11-01
Panto! Jerry 2012-12-26
Graffiti Wars Narrator (Voice) 2011-08-14
The Night Watch Horace Mundy 2011-04-04
National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard Firs 2011-06-30
Made in Dagenham Monty Taylor 2010-09-11
Harold Pinter: A Celebration 2010-01-24
Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen MJ O'Loughlin 2009-08-05
Valkyrie Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel 2008-12-25
Heroes & Villains: Napoleon General Carteaux 2007-11-11
Hot Fuzz James Reaper 2007-02-14
Lusitania: Murder on the Atlantic Captain Turner 2007-05-12
A Good Year Sir Nigel 2006-09-09
Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare Narrator 2006-05-05
The Lavender List Harold Wilson 2006-03-01
Man Dancin' D.I. Walter 'Pancho' Villers 2004-02-20
Trauma DC Jackson 2004-09-17
Layer Cake Jimmy Price 2004-09-30
Killing Hitler Brigadier Sir Stewart Menzies 2003-03-30
Sparkling Cyanide George Barton 2003-10-05
Blackball Chairman Collins 2003-05-18
Pollyanna Mr. Pendleton 2003-01-01
Night Flight Ted Atwell 2002-02-02
Two Men Went To War Sgt. Peter King 2002-01-01
Women Talking Dirty George 2001-12-07
Kevin & Perry Go Large Vicar 2000-04-20
The Most Fertile Man in Ireland Da 2000-06-08
Gangster No. 1 Tommy 2000-06-09
Lady Audley's Secret Sir Michael Audley 2000-05-17
Born Romantic Barney 2000-09-14
Shiner Gibson 2000-09-22
The Murder of Stephen Lawrence Michael Mansfield QC 1999-02-18
The Last Yellow Len 1999-01-01
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades Colonel Schmidt 1999-01-01
Vigo The Producer 1998-09-14
RPM Biggerman 1998-06-23
The Boxer Matt MaGuire 1997-12-31
Midnight Man Brig. Charles Ferguson 1997-08-20
Bed of Roses Simon 1996-01-26
On Dangerous Ground Brig. Charles Ferguson 1996-05-13
Deep in the Heart Robert Flaherty 1996-10-10
Requiem Apache Tony 1994-10-11
Royal Celebration Douglas 1993-09-26
A Little Bit of Lippy Reggie Titherington 1992-09-16
Monkey Boy Hennessey 1992-12-31
Tale of a Vampire Edgar 1992-01-01
Under Suspicion Frank Vance 1991-09-27
Prospero's Books Sebastian 1991-08-30
Just Another Secret Brosch 1989-01-01
Chocolat Boothby 1988-05-18
Normal Service Peter 1988-02-02
The Black and Blue Lamp 1988-09-07
Hellbound: Hellraiser II Dr. Philip Channard / Channard Cenobite 1988-12-23
Stealing Heaven Vice Chancellor Suger 1988-05-20
The Party Joe Shawcross 1988-03-08
The Birthday Party Stanley Webber 1987-06-21
Making Waves Joe Nash 1987-01-01
Dead Man's Folly Insp. Bland 1986-01-08
Lady Windermere's Fan Lord Darlington 1985-09-15
The Dumb Waiter Gus 1985-06-23
The Caretaker Aston 1981-06-07
The Sin Bin Alan Grieves 1981-03-17
The Merchant of Venice Gratiano 1980-12-17
'Tis Pity She's a Whore Giovanni 1980-05-07
Donkeys' Years Bill Taylor 1980-01-01
Butterflies Don't Count Tom 1978-11-28
Joseph Andrews The Wicked Squire 1977-03-09
Robin and Marian Jack's Apprentice 1976-03-11
Vampira Paddy 1974-10-10
The Changeling Antonio 1974-01-20
Achilles Heel Gordon 1973-03-18
Fratello sole, sorella luna Paolo 1972-03-03
Fragment of Fear Joe 1970-09-03
All the Way Up Tom Midway 1970-01-01
Otley Kid 1969-03-11
Oliver! Noah Claypole 1968-09-26