Edward Woodward Biography (1930-)

Full name, Edward Albert Arthur Woodward; born June 1, 1930, in Croydon, Surrey, England; son of Edward Oliver (a metal worker) and Violet Edith (maiden name, Smith) Woodward; married Venetia Mary Collett, July, 1952 (divorced); married Michele Dotrice in 1987; children: (first marriage) Sarah, Tim, Peter;(second marriage) Emily. Addresses: Agent: Stone Manners Agency, 8436West Third St., Suite 740, Los Angeles, CA 90048.; Contact: c/o Ravens Court,Calstock, Cornwall PL18 9ST, United Kingdom; Eric Glass Ltd., 28 Berkeley Square, London W1R 6HD; P.O. Box 54, Forestburgh, NY 12777-0054.

Actor, producer, stage manager, singer
Birth Details
June 1, 1930
Croydon, Surrey, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (Debut) A Kiss for Cinderella, Farnham Repertory Theatre, Surrey,England, 1946
  • (London stage debut) Ralph Stokes, Where There's a Will, Garrick Theatre, London, 1954
  • John Brooke, A Girl Called Jo, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1955
  • Member of ensemble, Happy Returns (revue), New Watergate Theatre,London, 1955
  • Tim, Salad Days, Vaudeville Theatre, London, then Olympia Theatre,Dublin, Ireland, both 1955
  • Understudy, Intimacy at 8:30 (revue), Criterion Theatre, London, 1955
  • John Evans, Doctor in the House, Victoria Palace Theatre, London,1956
  • John Mayfield, The Telescope, Guildford Repertory Theatre, Guildford, England, 1957
  • Sir Owen Tudor, The Queen and the Welshman, Edinburgh Festival, St. Mary's Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, then Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, both 1957
  • Jessica, Guildford Repertory Theatre, 1957
  • Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company,Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1958
  • Laertes, Hamlet, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, ShakespeareMemorial Theatre, 1958
  • Thaliard, Pericles, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958
  • Claudio, Much Ado about Nothing, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958
  • Member of ensemble, The Art of Living (revue), Criterion Theatre,1960
  • Dr. Crippen, The Little Doctor, Repertory Players, Apollo Theatre,London, 1960
  • Percy Winthram, Rattle of a Simple Man, Richmond Theatre, Richmond, England, then Alexander Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa, both 1961, later Garrick Theatre, 1962
  • Haggis, Scapa, Adelphi Theatre, London, 1962
  • (Broadway debut) Percy Winthram, Rattle of a Simple Man, Booth Theatre, 1963
  • Charles Condomine, High Spirits, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Lucio, Measure for Measure, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, England, 1965
  • Elyot Chase, Private Lives, Nottingham Playhouse, 1965
  • Jason Beckman, The Best Laid Plans, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, then Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, both 1966
  • Captain Yule, The High Bid, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1967
  • Sydney Carton, Two Cities, Palace Theatre, London, 1969
  • Flamineo, The White Devil, National Theatre Company, London, 1969
  • Title role, Cyrano de Bergerac, National Theatre Company, 1970
  • Robin Hood, Babes in the Wood, Palladium Theatre, London, 1972
  • George Szabo, The Wolf, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, England, then Queen's Theatre, London, later New London Theatre, London, all 1973
  • Macneil, Sir Emlyn, and Cornelius, The Male of the Species, Piccadilly Theatre, 1974
  • Duke of Bristol, On Approval, Royal Haymarket Theatre, London, 1975
  • Jaspar Tudor, The Dark House, Comedy Theatre, London, 1978
  • Macheath, The Beggar's Opera, Birmingham Repertory Company, Birmingham, England, 1979
  • The Assassin, 1982
  • Richard III, 1982
  • Also appeared with the Perth and St. Andrew's repertory companies, both Scotland, and the Oxford and Guildford repertory companies, all 1952; and in 36 leading roles with the Croyden Repertory Theatre, Croyden, England, 1953.
  • Major Tours
  • Horatio, Hamlet, Indian and Ceylonese cities, 1951
  • Cassio, Othello, Indian and Ceylonese cities, 1951
  • Member of ensemble, Intimacy at 8:30 (revue), German and French cities, 1955
  • Reverend John, The Telescope, British cities, 1957
  • Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company,Soviet cities, 1959
  • Laertes, Hamlet, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Soviet cities, 1959
  • Our Little Life, British cities, 1961
  • Macneil, Sir Emlyn, and Cornelius, The Male of the Species, Australian and New Zealand cities, 1974
  • Macheath, The Beggar's Opera, British cities, 1979
  • Stage Work
  • Assistant stage manager, A Kiss for Cinderella, Farnham RepertoryTheatre, Surrey, England, 1946
  • Director, Rattle of a Simple Man, Alexander Theatre, Johannesburg,South Africa, 1961
  • Codirector, The Beggar's Opera, Birmingham Repertory Company, Birmingham, England, 1979
  • Film Appearances
  • Ralph Stokes, Where There's a Will, Eros, 1955
  • Inn for Trouble, Eros, 1960
  • Clement, Becket, Paramount, 1964
  • Peter (some sources say Arthur) Thompson, The File of the Golden Goose, United Artists, 1969
  • Holmstrom, Incense for the Damned (also known as Doctors Wear Scarlet, Freedom Seekers, Incense of the Damned, and TheBloodsuckers), Lucinda-Titan International, 1970
  • Murders in the Rue Morgue, American International, 1971
  • (Uncredited) Witnessing officer at hanging, 10 Rillington Place, 1971
  • Inspector Milton, Sitting Target, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • Captain Haldane, Young Winston, Columbia, 1972
  • Holstrom, Charley One-Eye, Paramount, 1973
  • Sergeant Neil Howie, The Wicker Man (also known as Anthony Shaffer's The Wicker Man), Warner Bros., 1974
  • Roadsweeper, Three for All, 1974
  • David Callan (title role), Callan (also known as The Neutralizer and This Is Callan), Cinema National, 1975
  • Sergeant Wellbeloved, Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers, Warner Bros., 1977
  • Lieutenant Harry Harbord "Breaker" Morant (title role), Breaker Morant, New World, 1980
  • Ian, The Appointment, 1981
  • Commander Powell, The Final Option (also known as Who Dares Wins), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983
  • Josh Gifford, Champions, Embassy, 1984
  • Saul, King David, Paramount, 1985
  • Sargy Gollup, Mister Johnson, 1991
  • Soccer Shootout, 1991
  • Major Herbert Armstrong, Deadly Advice, Mayfair Entertainment, 1994
  • Angelo, The House of Angelo, 1997
  • Gus, Marcie's Dowry, 1999
  • Also appeared in Hunted.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Sword of Honor, 1967
  • David Callan (title role), Callan, ABC (Manchester, England), 1967-1970
  • The Edward Woodward Show, Thames, 1972
  • Presenter (first season), Whodunnit!, 1973
  • Jim Kyle, 1990, 1977
  • Secret Army, 1977
  • Edwin Thornfield, Nice Work, 1980
  • Robert McCall--The Equalizer (title role), The Equalizer, NBC, 1985-1989
  • Maxwell Beckett, Over My Dead Body, 1990-1991
  • Host, In Suspicious Circumstances, c. 1996
  • Harry Malone, CI5: The New Professionals, Sky, 1998
  • Dark Realm, 2000
  • Mr. Jones, La Femme Nikita, USA Network, 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Samuel Hoare, Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, BBC, then Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1982
  • Nev, Common As Muck, BBC, 1994
  • Drunlo, Gulliver's Travels, NBC, 1996
  • Nev, Common As Muck (Part II), BBC, 1996
  • Also appeared in The Bass Player and the Blonde.
  • Movies
  • David Callan, A Magnum for Schneider (also known as Armchair Theatre: A Magnum for Schneider), 1967
  • Evelyn (also known as Play for Today: Evelyn), 1971
  • Derek McBracken, Love Is Forever (also known as Comeback and Passion and Valor), NBC, 1983
  • Ghost of Christmas Present, A Christmas Carol, CBS, 1984
  • Merlin, Arthur the King (also known as Merlin and the Sword), CBS, 1985
  • Simon Legree, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Showtime, 1987
  • Michael Royston, Codename: Kyril, Showtime, 1988
  • Robert McCall, Memories of Manon (also known as The Equalizer:Memories of Manon and The Equalizer: The Mystery of Manon), 1988
  • Sir Eustace Pedler, The Man in the Brown Suit (also known as Agatha Christie's "The Man in the Brown Suit"), 1989
  • Sherlock Holmes, Hands of a Murderer (also known as Sherlock Holmes and the Prince of Crime), 1990
  • Maxwell Beckett, Over My Dead Body, 1990
  • Colonel Phillips, Christmas Reunion (also known as Gypsy Fires), 1993
  • Edward "Teddy" Harrison, The Shamrock Conspiracy, UPN, 1995
  • Teddy Harrison, Harrison: Cry of the City, UPN, 1996
  • Reverend Stephen Hedges, Messiah, BBC, 2001
  • Vic Green, Night and Day, BBC, 2001
  • Episodic
  • The Vaudeville Show, ITV, 1955
  • "Conflicts of Interests," The Defenders, CBS, 1964
  • "Ella," Thirty-Minute Theatre, 1966
  • Jack Liskard, "The Persistent Patriots," The Saint, 1967
  • "Wanted," Thirty-Minute Theatre, 1967
  • Drummond, "Hunted: Parts 1 & 2," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1988
  • Himself, HouseParty, 1995
  • Himself, Telly Addicts, BBC, 1998
  • Alwyn, "The Long Road," Crusade, TNT, 1999
  • Himself/voice of Peanuts, "Planet of the Frohikes," The Lone Gunmen, Fox, 2001
  • Also appeared in Emergency Ward 10, ATV; Skyport, Granada.
  • Specials
  • Ed, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, ITV, 1968
  • The Cherry Orchard (also known as Play of the Month: The CherryOrchard), 1971
  • Blunt Instrument, 1980
  • David Callan, Wet Job--Callan Special, 1981
  • America Picks the All-Time Favorite Movies, 1988
  • Host, Hitler: The Man and the Myth, 1989
  • Host, Pearl Harbor, 1989
  • Host, America at Risk: Stealing the Dream, 1992
  • Also appeared in Saturday, Sunday, Monday; more than two hundred other productions, including Fabulous Money Make, Julius Caesar,Major Barbara, A Dream Divided, Rod of Iron, The Trial of Lady Chatterly, and Killer Contract.
  • Albums
  • The Edward Woodward Album, DJM Records, 1972
  • An Evening with Edward Woodward, DJM Records, 1973
  • Woodward Again, DJM Records, 1974
  • Edwardian Woodward, DJM Records, 1975
  • Love Is the Key, DJM Records, 1977
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore, DJM Records, 1979
  • (With others) Breaker Morant (soundtrack), First American, 1981
  • (With others) High Spirits (original cast recording), MCA Classics, 1993
  • The Jewel That Was Ours, 1994
  • Has recorded other albums of song and poetry.
  • Taped Readings
  • The African Queen, Listen for Pleasure, 1981
  • Favorite roles: Among Woodward's favorite roles are Mercutio, Drinkwater, and Percy in Rattle of a Simple Man.

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, September 16, 1996, p. 187

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