Gary Waldhorn (born 3 July 1943) is an English actor and comedian known chiefly for his performances in British television and theatre. He is particularly known for his work in the main casts of several British sitcoms, including Richard Beamish in All at No 20, Lionel Bainbridge in Brush Strokes, and Councillor David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley. He also starred as Ralph Apsoland in the 1993 miniseries Gallowglass. His other notable television credits include several recurring roles: Caulaincourt in the mini-series Napoleon and Love, Greville in The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs, Henry Channon in Edward & Mrs. Simpson, Teddy Lupus in Enemy at the Door, John Fearnley in Moving, Gordon Lochhead in Campaign, Cllr. Alec Radcliffe in The Chief, Seargent Bob Pulver in Lovejoy, and Cmdre. Forrest in Longitude. His film credits include the roles of Harlich in Zeppelin, Max in Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, Hauptmann Rainer Mueller in Escape to Victory, and Tornado in The Chain. On stage he has been particularly active with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Gary Waldhorn
Gary Waldhorn

(1943-07-03) 3 July 1943 (age 76)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1969–present

Education and theatreEdit

Waldhorn studied acting at the Yale School of Drama (graduated 1967) where he notably performed in new works written by playwright Lillian Hellman in 1966.[1] While at Yale he met fellow student Christie Dickason, daughter of Indiana University academic David Howard Dickason, who became his wife and an active theater director and choreographer in London and a later a published playwright and novelist.[2] He is known for his work in West End theatre productions and for his collaborations with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1972 he toured Australia and New Zealand in Harry M. Miller's production of Sleuth playing opposite Richard Todd. John Frost (the Gordon Frost Organisation) was the stage manager, and Roland Rocchiccioli was the stage director. [3]



Apart from appearing in every episode of The Vicar of Dibley, Waldhorn has also made many television appearances since the 1970s including Softly, Softly, The Sweeney, Space: 1999, The New Avengers, Brideshead Revisited, The Professionals, Minder, Robin of Sherwood, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Bill, Heartbeat, Gallowglass and Lovejoy. He also played Lionel Bainbridge in the first three series of Brush Strokes, and Richard Beamish in the first series of All at No 20.[3]

Year Film Role Notes
1969 Take Three Girls Roger 1 episode
1970 Armchair Theatre TV reporter 1 episode
1970–1974 Softly, Softly: Taskforce Bruton / James / Watson
1971 The Lotus Eaters Nat 1 episode
Man at the Top Television Instructor 1 episode
1973 Jack the Ripper
Crown Court Trevor Sanderson 1 episode
1974 Napoleon and Love Caulaincourt 2 episodes
The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs Greville 2 episodes
1975 Doctor on the Go Mike Sherman 1 episode
The Sweeney Alan Fowler 1 episode
1976 Space: 1999 Winters 1 episode
Hadleigh Werner Von Hermsdorff 1 episode
Maggie and Her Roger 1 episode
The New Avengers Roach 1 episode
1977 Seven Faces of Women Harry 1 episode
A Sharp Intake of Breath Denis 1 episode
1978 Enemy at the Door Teddy Lupus 2 episodes
The Professionals Turner 1 episode
Return of the Saint Anonymous 1 episode
Edward & Mrs. Simpson Chips Channon 3 episodes
1980 The Gentle Touch Tom Scott 1 episode
Hammer House of Horror Dr. Bacharach 1 episode
1982 Minder Alex Rowan 1 episode
1987 After Pilkington Boris 1 episode


Charity workEdit

Waldhorn is currently patron to West Bromwich Dream, a British registered charity working to help the people of West Bromwich in the West Midlands.[5]


  1. ^ Lillian Hellman (1986). Conversations with Lillian Hellman. University Press of Mississippi. p. 73.
  2. ^ Merritt Lawlis and Willis P. Porter (22 October 1974). "Memorial Resolution On The Death Of David Howard Dickason". Indiana University Bloomington Faculty Council Circular.
  3. ^ a b c "The Big Interview: Gary Waldhorn". 22 March 2004. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Gary Waldhorn". Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Our patron". Malawi Dream. Retrieved 11 February 2010.

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