Geoffrey Whitehead (born 1 October 1939)[1] is an English actor. He has appeared in a range of television, film and radio roles. In the theatre, he has played at Shakespeare's Globe, St Martin's Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic.

Geoffrey Whitehead
Born (1939-10-01) 1 October 1939 (age 84)
OccupationActor
Years active1962–present
RelativesCelina Hinchcliffe (niece)

Early life edit

Whitehead was born in the Sheffield suburb of Grenoside.[2] With his father killed in the Second World War, he received an RAF benevolent grant which sent him to a minor public school. He later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he became friends with fellow student John Thaw.[3]

Career edit

Whitehead's film appearances have included The Raging Moon (1971), Kidnapped (1971), the vengeful woodsman in And Now the Screaming Starts! (1972), S.O.S. Titanic (1979) as shipbuilder Thomas Andrews, Inside the Third Reich (1982), Shooting Fish (1997) and Love/Loss (2010).

Whitehead's television appearances include Bulldog Breed (1962), Z-Cars (1964–1965 and 1972–1975), playing two different regular characters, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), Thriller (1 episode, 1974), Wodehouse Playhouse, ('Rodney Fails to Qualify'), Robin's Nest (1977), Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (1979–1980, as Sherlock Holmes), Peter the Great (1986), Chelmsford 123 (1988–1990), War and Remembrance (1988), Second Thoughts (1991–1994), The House of Eliott (1991), Executive Stress, Little Britain and The Worst Week of My Life. He is seen regularly on British television as well as filling many roles on radio, where he featured in the third and fourth episodes of the fifth series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Old Harry's Game in the role of Roland Kingworthy, as Prior Robert in the 1980s BBC radio dramatisations of Cadfael, as John Barsad in the radio dramatisation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and most recently as Justice Wargrave in the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None on 13 November 2010. He has starred on BBC radio in many comic roles, including Bleak Expectations, featuring as five entire families between 2007 and 2012. He appeared in two series of the BBC remake Reggie Perrin as Reggie's father-in-law, William.

In 2011, Whitehead joined the cast of Not Going Out in its fourth series as Geoffrey Adams, the father of Lucy and Tim. This character had been recurring since 2007, but had previously been played by Timothy West.

In 2013, Whitehead appeared on Comic Relief playing the vicar in the Simon Cowell wedding sketch.

From 2015 to 2019, Whitehead played Mr (Wilburn) Newbold in BBC One's Still Open All Hours.

Radio roles edit

Whitehead regular radio roles include:

Personal life edit

Whitehead is the uncle of broadcaster Celina Hinchcliffe and he is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ BFI biodata Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 26 May 2019
  2. ^ "Grenoside sword dancers hold festival for centenary". BBC News. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  3. ^ Hancock, Sheila (2005). The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. p. 70. ISBN 0747577099.
  4. ^ Brookes, Christian (21 December 2012). "Celina Hinchcliffe interview: Southern heart and northern soul for Owls fan presenter". Beats & Rhymes FC. Retrieved 28 May 2019.

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