Bernard Archard

Bernard Joseph Archard (20 August 1916 – 1 May 2008) was an English actor who made many film and television appearances.

Bernard Archard
Bernard Archard, 1962.jpg
Bernard Archard in 1962
Born(1916-08-20)20 August 1916
Fulham, London, England
Died1 May 2008(2008-05-01) (aged 91)
Years active1948–1994
Partner(s)James Belchamber

Early life and careerEdit

Archard was born in Fulham, London, where his father Alfred James was a jeweller. His paternal grandfather Alfred Charles Archard and great grandfather Henry Archard were clockmakers, watchmakers and jewellers in Mayfair, London during the 1800s.[1] He was the maternal grandson of James Matthew Littleboy, Mayor of Fulham, 1906–07.[2] He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and in summer 1939 he appeared in the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, production of Twelfth Night.[1] As a conscientious objector during the Second World War, he worked on Quaker land.[2]


Archard's first major television role, reprising the like-titled radio show, was playing Lt Col. Oreste Pinto in the BBC wartime drama series Spycatcher, which ran for four seasons between 1959 and 1961.[3][4] His TV guest appearances include two roles in Doctor Who; as Bragen in The Power of the Daleks and as Marcus Scarman in Pyramids of Mars, a regular role in Emmerdale; plus appearances in The Children of the New Forest (the 1964 BBC edition), Dixon of Dock Green, Danger Man, The Avengers, Z-Cars, Paul Temple, Upstairs, Downstairs, Callan, Rumpole of the Bailey, Crown Court, The Professionals, Bergerac, and Keeping Up Appearances.[5][6]


He appeared in over fifty films, including Village of the Damned (1960), The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), Play Dirty (1968), Run a Crooked Mile (1969), The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971), Dad's Army (1971), The Day of the Jackal (1973), The Sea Wolves (1980), Krull (1983) and King Solomon's Mines (1985).[7]


Archard and his long term partner, James Belchamber,[8] ran a touring repertory company, based in Torquay, which included Hilda Braid among its players.[2] On the West End stage he appeared at Her Majesty's Theatre as a magistrate in the Terence Rattigan play Cause Célèbre and in The Case of the Oily Levantine by Anthony Shaffer.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1957 A Woman of Property Dr. Pickford TV Movie
1958 Black Furrow Harper Documentary
Mary Britten, M.D. Councillor Pyke 5 episodes
The Secret Man Inspector
Corridors of Blood Hospital Official
1960 Village of the Damned Vicar
Danger Man Doctor Bryant Episode: The Leak
1961 The Clue of the New Pin Superintendent Carver
Two Letter Alibi Duke
Man Detained Detective Inspector Verity
1962 The Second Mrs Tanqueray Cayley Drummie TV Movie
A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing Barney Fincham TV Movie
The Password Is Courage 1st Prisoner of War
Flat Two Trainer
1963 The List of Adrian Messenger Inspector Pike
Silent Playground Inspector Duffy
1964 Edgar Wallace Mysteries Michael Forrest Face of a Stranger episode
1965-1968 The Avengers Desmond Leeming/Dr. Constantine 2 episodes
1966/1975 Doctor Who Bragen/Marcus Scarman 10 episodes
1966 The Spy with a Cold Nose Russian Intelligence Chief
1967 The Mini-Affair Sir Basil Grinling
1968-1970 Mystery and Imagination Professor Van Helsing/The President 2 episodes
1969 Play Dirty Colonel Homerton
The File of the Golden Goose Collins
Tower of London: The Innocent Earl of Oxford TV Movie
Run a Crooked Mile Business Spokesman TV Movie
1970 Fragment of Fear Priest
Song of Norway George Nordraak
The Horror of Frankenstein Professor Heiss
1971 Dad's Army Major General Fullard
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Dr. Davidson Episode: A Message from the Deep Sea
Macbeth Angus
1972 The Adventures of Black Beauty Bulov Episode: The Duel
1973 The Day of the Jackal Detective Hughes
Upstairs, Downstairs Col Harry Tewksbury Episode: What the Footman Saw
1974 Crown Matrimonial Geoffrey Dawson TV Movie
1975 The Hiding Place Lieutenant Rahms
The Legend of Robin Hood Sir Richard of the Lea Miniseries
1976 Smuga Cienia Captain Elis
1977 Philby, Burgess and Maclean Graves TV Movie
1979 Churchill and the Generals Edward, Lord Halifax TV Movie
1980 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Donado TV Movie
The Sea Wolves Underhill
A Tale of Two Cities Court President TV Movie
1982 Inside the Third Reich Dr. Hans Flachsner TV Movie
1983 Separate Tables Mr. Fowler
Krull Eirig
Al-Mas' Ala Al-Kubra Sir Percy Cox
1985 King Solomon's Mines Professor Huston Uncredited
1986 God's Outlaw Sir Thomas More
1990 Hidden Agenda Sir Robert Neil
1991 Keeping Up Appearances Hotel Guest Episode: Golfing with the Major
1992-1994 Emmerdale Leonard Kempinski 23 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Bernard Archard | Obituaries". 23 June 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Gaughan, Gavin (7 May 2008). "Bernard Archard". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. pp. 2008–05–07. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Bernard Archard". 11 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Spy-Catcher: Louise". 24 June 1960. p. 12 – via BBC Genome.
  5. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Series Episode Guide - Cast and crew".
  6. ^ "Bernard Archard".
  7. ^ "Bernard Archard". BFI.
  8. ^ Obituary at The Independent. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Bernard Archard - Theatricalia".

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