Kenneth Cranham Biography (1944-)

Born December 12, 1944, in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland; son of Ronald and Margaret M'Kay (maiden name, Ferguson) Cranham; married Diana Quick (an actress;divorced); married Fiona Victory (an actress); children (with Charlotte Cornwell; an actress): Nancy. Addresses: Agent: Markham & Froggatt, Julian House, 4 Windmill St., London W1P 1HF, England.

Birth Details
December 12, 1944
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Henry V, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 1962
  • Wilson, The Ruffian on the Stair, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1966
  • Jeanetta Cochrane, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1966
  • Ubu Roi, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1966
  • Hal, Loot, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, then Criterion Theatre, London, 1966, later Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Kiro, Narrow Road to the Deep North, Royal Court Theatre, 1969
  • Len, Early Morning, Royal Court Theatre, 1969
  • Len, Saved, Royal Court Theatre, 1969
  • Edmund, Long Day's Journey into Night, Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, England, 1973
  • Jed, Magnificence, Royal Court Theatre, 1973
  • Myshkin, Subject to Fits, Old Vic Theatre, 1973
  • Prince Arthur, Early Morning, Old Vic Theatre, 1973
  • Frank, The Entertainer, Greenwich Theatre, London, 1974
  • Galactic Jack, The Tooth of Crime, Royal Court Theatre, 1974
  • Louis Dubedat, The Doctor's Dilemma, Greenwich Theatre, 1975
  • Mermaid, Greenwich Theatre, 1975
  • Don Parritt, The Iceman Cometh, Royal Shakespeare Company, AldwychTheatre, London, 1976
  • Gethin Price, Comedians, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1976
  • Lvov, Ivanov, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1976
  • Mr. Sloane, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1976
  • Christopher West, Old Movies, National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, London, 1977
  • Harcourt, The Country Wife, National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, 1977
  • Nick, Strawberry Fields, National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, London, 1977
  • Peter, Passion, National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, 1977
  • Professor Maurice Stapleton, Love Letters on Blue Paper, NationalTheatre, Cottesloe Theatre, 1978
  • Ramble in the London Cuckolds, Royal Court Theatre, 1979
  • Dorje, Tibetan Inroads, Royal Court Theatre, 1981
  • Joe, Kick for Touch, National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, 1983
  • Inspector Goole, An Inspector Calls, National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1992, then National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, 1993, then Aldwych Theatre, 1993-1995, then Royale Theatre, New York City, 1994-1995
  • General Charnota, Flight, National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, 1998
  • Title role, Paul Bunyan (opera), Royal Opera House, 1999
  • Film Appearances
  • Noah Claypole, Oliver!, Columbia, 1968
  • Third kid, Otley, Columbia, 1969
  • Tim Midway, All the Way Up, Anglo Amalgamated, 1970
  • First Christian, Up Pompei, Associated London Films, 1971
  • Joe, Fragment of Fear (also known as Freelance), Columbia,1971
  • Paolo, Brother Sun, Sister Moon (also known as Fratello sole, sorella luna), Paramount, 1972
  • Jack's apprentice, Robin and Marian, Columbia, 1976
  • Wicked squire, Joseph Andrews, Paramount, 1977
  • Dr. Channard, Hellbound: Hellraiser II (also known as Hellraiser II), New World Pictures, 1988
  • Jonathan Boothby, Chocolat (also known as Chocolot--Verbotene Sehnsucht), Caroline Productions/Cento Films, 1988
  • Vice chancellor Suger, Stealing Heaven, Film Dallas, 1988
  • Sebastian, Prospero's Books (also known as L'ultima tempesta), Miramax, 1991
  • Edgar, Tale of a Vampire (also known as Warlock: Tale of a Vampire), Trimark, 1992
  • Frank, Under Suspicion, Columbia, 1992
  • Eye of the Storm, 1995
  • Robert, In the West, 1996
  • Simon, Bed of Roses (also known as Amelia and the King of Plants), New Line Cinema, 1996
  • Matt Maguire, The Boxer (also known as Hell's Kitchen), Universal, 1997
  • Biggerman, RPM, 1997
  • The producer, Vigo (also known as Burning Up, Catching Fire, Vigo: A Passion for Life, and Vigo, histoire d'une passion), Channel 4 Films, 1998
  • Robert Flaherty, Deep in the Heart (of Texas) (also known as Deep in the Heart), Vanguard Films, 1998
  • Da, The Most Fertile Man in Ireland, Alibi Films International, 1999
  • George, Women Talking Dirty, Rocket Pictures, 1999
  • Len, The Last Yellow, Scala/Capitol Films, 1999
  • Barney, Born Romantic, The Sales Company, 2000
  • Gibson, Shiner, Miramax, 2000
  • Tommy, Gangster No. 1 (also known as Gangster Nr. 1), Pagoda Film, 2000
  • Vicar, Kevin & Perry Go Large, Paramount Home Video, 2000
  • Sergeant Peter King, Two Men Went to War, Guerilla Films, 2002
  • Also appeared in The Clot, Heart of the High Country, and Making Waves.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • City '68, Granada Television, 1967-1968
  • Corporal Jack Salt (a Sapper), Danger U.X.B., Thames Television, 1979
  • Harvey Moon, Shine on Harvey Moon, Central Independent Television,1982-1985
  • Lenin, Reilly: Ace of Spies, Thames Television, 1983
  • Miniseries
  • Camille Raquin, Therese Raquin, BBC, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1981
  • Sergeant Block, Brideshead Revisited, Granada Television, broadcast on Great Performances, PBS, 1982
  • Pastor Finch, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, BBC-2 and Arts and Entertainment, both 1990
  • Reverend Millward, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, BBC and CBC, broadcast on Mobil Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1997
  • Silas Wegg, Our Mutual Friend, BBC, 1998
  • Gilbert, The Sins, 2000
  • John Forster, Dickens, 2002
  • Movies
  • Inspector Bland, Dead Man's Folly (also known as Agatha Christie's Dead Man's Folly), CBS, 1986
  • Teddy, A Master of the Marionettes, 1989
  • Hennessey, Monkey Boy (also known as Chimera), [Great Britain], 1992
  • Reggie Titherington, A Little Bit of Lippy, BBC, 1992
  • Douglas, Royal Celebration, 1993
  • Tony, Requiem Apache (also known as Alan Bleasdale Presents Requiem Apache), 1994
  • Brigadier Charles Ferguson, On Dangerous Ground (also known as Jack Higgins' On Dangerous Ground), Showtime, 1996
  • Brigadier Charles Ferguson, Midnight Man (also known as Jack Higgins' Midnight Man), The Movie Channel, 1998
  • Michael, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, PBS, 1999
  • Detective chief sergeant Derek Henderon, Without Motive, 2000
  • George Carman, Justice in Wonderland, 2000
  • Sir Michael Audley, Lady Audley's Secret, PBS, 2000
  • Ricky Valesi, NCS: Manhunt, 2001
  • Mr. Pendleton, Pollyanna, 2002
  • Ted Atwell, Night Flight, 2002
  • Specials
  • The Eye of Heaven (also known as Boy Meets Girl: The Eye of Heaven), 1969
  • Gangster (also known as Thirty-Minute Theatre: Gangster), BBC-2, 1969
  • Sling Your Hook (also known as The Wednesday Play: Sling Your Hook), BBC, 1969
  • The Chauffeur and the Lady (also known as Thirty-Minute Theatre: The Chauffeur & the Lady), BBC-2, 1972
  • Butterflies Don't Count (also known as Play for Today: Butterflies Don't Count), BBC, 1978
  • "The Sound of the Guns," Screenplay, Granada Television, 1979
  • Giovanni, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, 1980
  • Gratiano, The Merchant of Venice (also known as BBC TelevisionShakespeare and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice), BBC-2, 1980
  • Lord Darlington, Lady Windermere's Fan (also known as Play of the Month: Lady Windermere's Fan), BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1986
  • Stanley, The Birthday Party, 1986
  • The Dumb Waiter, 1987
  • Also appeared in The Caretaker and La Ronde.
  • Episodic
  • Ray Harrison, Coronation Street, Granada Television, 1968
  • Collins, "The Comeback," New Scotland Yard, London Weekend Television, 1972
  • Inky Ballentine, "24,000 Ball Point Pens," Budgie, London WeekendTelevision, 1972
  • "Wobble to Death," Cribb (also known as Sergeant Cribb, SeriesI), Granada Television and PBS, 1980
  • Cedric Downes (tour guide), "The Wolvercote Tongue," Inspector Morse,Series II (also known as Inspector Morse Returns), Central Television, broadcast as an episode of Mystery!, PBS, 1988
  • Aiden Curtis, "Don't Buy from Me, Argentina," Boon, Central Independent Television, 1989
  • Brosch, "Just Another Secret," Frederick Forsyth Presents, USA Network, 1989
  • Gus Mercer, El C.I.D., Granada Television, 1989
  • Gascoigne, "There for the Picking," Bergerac, BBC, 1990
  • James Lawrence, "A Reasonable Man," Casualty, BBC, 1990
  • TECX, Central Independent Television, 1990
  • Inspector Salford, "He Died a Death," Murder Most Horrid, BBC-2, 1991
  • Detective chief inspector Stubbs, "Watching the Detectives," Between the Lines (also known as Inside the Line), BBC, 1992
  • "Barcelona," The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, ABC, 1992
  • Alexander "Sandy" Litvak, "The Kakiemon Tiger," Lovejoy, BBC, 1993
  • Walter, "I'll Never Forget Whatshername," Minder, Thames Television, 1993
  • Charlie Wallace, "A Long Shot," Heartbeat, Yorkshire Television, 1996
  • Charlie Wallace, "Something of Value," Heartbeat, Yorkshire Television, 1996
  • Tommy Collingwood, "Home Truths," Dalziel and Pascoe, 2001
  • Detective inspector Aldiss, "Double First," Believe Nothing, Independent Television, 2002
  • Also appeared in Van Der Valk, Thames Television.
  • Other
  • Canterbury Tales, 1969
  • Rules of Engagement, 1997
  • Also appeared in The Bell, The Black and Blue Lamp, TheContractor, Donkey's Years, Dunrulin, Normal Services, The Sin Bin, A Sort of Innocence, and The Vision Thing.
  • Albums; Cast Recordings
  • Title role, Paul Bunyan (opera), 2000
  • Stage Plays
  • Cutting Room, Theatre Upstairs, London, 1990

Further Reference


    • New Leader, June 6, 1994, p. 39

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