Geoffrey Hutchings

Geoffrey Hutchings (8 June 1939 – 1 July 2010)[1][2] was an English stage, film and television actor.

Geoffrey Hutchings
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Hutchings in character as Mel Harvey from the comedy TV series Benidorm
Born(1939-06-08)8 June 1939
Dorchester, Dorset, England, UK
Died1 July 2010(2010-07-01) (aged 71)
London, England, UK
OccupationActor
Years active1965–2010
Spouse(s)Andi Godfrey (? – 2010) (his death)
Children3

Early life and careerEdit

Hutchings was born in Dorchester, Dorset, England. After attending Hardye's School, he studied French and Physical Education at Birmingham University before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and later joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1968.[1] He played Bosola in the 1971 RSC production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi.

CareerEdit

In 1980, Hutchings starred as a character called Trunky Porter in the TV series Juliet Bravo.

In 1982, Hutchings won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance for his role in the musical Poppy.

In 1998, he played Carry On actor Sid James in the Royal National Theatre's production of Terry Johnson's stage play Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, a behind-the-scenes look of the love affair between Sid James and his co-star Barbara Windsor, which was subsequently made into an ITV drama called Cor, Blimey! in 2000. In 2004, he played Nagg in Samuel Beckett's Endgame at the Albery Theatre alongside Sir Michael Gambon, Lee Evans and Liz Smith. From October 2006 to April 2007, he played Herr Schultz in the West End production of Cabaret. His final stage role was in 2009 in the West End production of The Shawshank Redemption.

A first collaboration with David Leland for the film Made in Britain (directed by Alan Clarke and starring Tim Roth) in 1981 has led to his notable role as Hubert Mansell, the father of Emily Lloyd in Wish You Were Here in 1987.

His other film successes included White Hunter, Black Heart (with Clint Eastwood), Henry V (with Kenneth Branagh), Topsy-Turvy (with Jim Broadbent), Clockwise (with John Cleese), The Thief Lord (as Conte) and The Affair of the Necklace (with Hilary Swank).

On television, his most notable production has probably been Our Friends in the North (1996), in which he played corrupt building contractor John Edwards, a character closely based on the real-life figure of John Poulson. He also had a semi-regular role as Bobby Hollamby in the ITV prison drama Bad Girls from 2000 to 2003. Earlier, he had played second fiddle to Michael Gambon in 12 episodes of Maigret in 1992–93. In 2005 he played Lionel Morris in Heartbeat.

In December 2006, he made an appearance in the Sky One television adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather. In 2008, he appeared in the ITV comedy series Benidorm as Mel Harvey and had a small role in the second Terry Pratchett adaptation Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic.

In February 2009, he appeared in EastEnders as Roger Clarke, Jane and Christian's father and in the BBC film Nativity!.

In 2010 he appeared in the BBC medical drama Casualty and the sitcom Grandma's House, both of which were screened after his death.

He was a regular as Mel Harvey, the owner of five sunbed shops in the greater Manchester area in Benidorm, an ITV sitcom about British holidaymakers in Spain; appearing in (Series 2 (2008), Series 3 (2009) and a 2009 Special. But his sudden death just before the shooting of the 2010 Christmas Special meant that the script had to be heavily rewritten, with his death said to have occurred off-screen on a business trip abroad.

DeathEdit

Hutchings died suddenly, in hospital, on the morning of 1 July 2010 following a suspected viral infection.[2] He was surrounded by his family; second wife Andi Godfrey, and the three children of his first marriage: one son (Nathan Hutchings) and two daughters (Octavia Hutchings and Holly Hutchings). He was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, West London.

FilmographyEdit

1982 Made in Britain Super Intendent Notes
1975 Rime of the Ancient Mariner The pilot Voice
1986 Clockwise Mr. Wisely
1987 Wish You Were Here Hubert
1988 On the Black Hill Solicitor
1989 Henry V Corporal Nym
1990 White Hunter, Black Heart Squadron Leader Alec Laing
1999 Topsy-Turvy Armourer
2000 Cor, Blimey! Sid James Television film
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Geoffrey Lightfoot
2001 The Affair of the Necklace President D'Aligre
2003 It's All About Love Mr. Morrison
2003 Cheeky Sid the Barman
2006 The Thief Lord Conte
2009 She, a Chinese Geoffrey Hunt
2009 Nativity! Father Tom
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Alan's Father

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hayward, Anthony (6 July 2010). "Geoffrey Hutchings: Veteran character actor who portrayed Sid James on stage and screen and played 'minted' Mel in 'Benidorm'". The Independent. London.
  2. ^ a b "Stage and TV actor Geoffrey Hutchings dies aged 71". BBC News. BBC. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.

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