Bernard Hepton

Bernard Hepton

actor, producer, director

Bernard Hepton was born on Oct 19, 1925 in UK. Bernard Hepton's big-screen debut came with Richard III directed by Laurence Olivier in 1955, strarring Soldier (uncredited). Bernard Hepton is known for Dandelion Dead directed by Mike Hodges, Michael Kitchen stars as Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong and Sarah Miles as Catherine Armstrong. The upcoming new movie Bernard Hepton plays is The Baroness and the Pig which will be released on Jan 17, 2003.

Tall, dignified-looking Bernard Hepton enjoyed a six-decade-long career on both stage and screen during which he particularly excelled at subtle, self-effacing or introspective roles. An electrician's son, Hepton grew up in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford. Due to poor eyesight, he missed out on wartime service and instead trained as an aircraft engineer and draughtsman. A teenage 'fire watcher' during the war, he found his boredom relieved by a chance introduction to one-act amateur plays. Immediately fascinated by theatre, he joined the Bradford Civic Playhouse where he became a protégé of the director Esme Church. He then acted on stage in York for two years (in his own words tackling "anything from Agatha Christie to Shakespeare"), subsequently graduating to artistic director at the prestigious Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Liverpool Playhouse. In 1964, Hepton joined the fledgling BBC2 hoping to produce and direct. Before long, however, he ended up in front of the cameras. Specialising in the classics (especially period drama) his many diverse faces over the years included those of kindly clerk Wemmick in Great Expectations (1967), Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), Pallas in Moi Claude empereur (1976) , Hungarian émigré Toby Esterhase, head of the 'Circus' surveillance section, in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) and Les Gens de Smiley (1982), Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls (1982) (whose author, J.B. Priestley, incidentally grew up in the same street as Hepton), Sir Thomas Bertram in Mansfield Park (1983), rag-and-bone man Krook (who spontaneously combusts) in Bleak House (1985) and Mr. Woodhouse in Jane Austen's Emma (1996). In addition to numerous one-off guest spots, Hepton also had two notable leading roles in the 1970s: as the humane German Kommandant in Colditz (1972) and (on the other side of the wartime divide) as the Belgian cafe owner and resistance fighter Albert Foriet, aiding the escape of downed Allied airmen from occupied territory in Secret Army (1977).

  • Birthday

    Oct 19, 1925
  • Place of Birth

    Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, UK

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