John Forgeham

John Henry George Forgeham (14 May 1941 – 10 March 2017[3]) was an English actor known for his television work, notably the role of businessman Frank Laslett in the ITV series Footballers' Wives.[4]

John Forgeham
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John Henry George Forgeham

14 May 1941
Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
Died10 March 2017(2017-03-10) (aged 75)
Worthing, West Sussex, England
Years active1963–2012
Spouse(s)Georgina Hale (actress/divorced)[1]
Fiesta mei Ling (actress/divorced)[1]
Arlene Garciano (2004–2006)[2]

Born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, Forgeham moved to Erdington, Birmingham as a child,[5] and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) on a two-year scholarship (1962–64) and graduated with a RADA Silver medal for Best Performance student.[6] He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) (from 1966 until 1972) and toured with the company both nationally and internationally. Whilst on tour in Australia he decided to stay longer than anticipated and founded the Globe Shakespeare Theatre in Sydney.[5]

His many TV credits include: The Avengers, Z-Cars, The Stone Tape, Crossroads (as Jim Baines) The Sweeney, Ivanhoe, Beau Geste, Minder, The Professionals, Shoestring, Juliet Bravo, C.A.T.S. Eyes, Lovejoy, Bergerac, The Governor, Pulaski, Making Out, Nice Work, Prime Suspect, London's Burning, Casualty, The Bill and Doctors.[7]

Film appearances include: The Italian Job (1969), Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1973), Spy Story (1976), Sheena (1984), Pope John Paul II (1984), The Laughter of God (1990), King of the Wind (1990), The Young Americans (1993), Staggered (1994), The Road to Ithaca (1999), Kiss of the Dragon (2001), Mean Machine (2001), Pledge of Allegiance (2007), Torture Room (2007) and Dead Man Running (2009).[8]

In 2004 he appeared in the second series of the ITV weight loss show, Celebrity Fit Club. He replaced Freddie Starr as team captain, but was demoted five weeks later, the role being taken by James Whitaker.[9]

Forgeham died suddenly from internal bleeding after breaking a collarbone after falling out of bed at his home in Worthing, West Sussex on 10 March 2017, aged 75.[10]



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  2. ^ "Sunday People – News, views, gossip, pictures, video". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  3. ^ Das, Shanti; Saunders, Emmeline (11 March 2017). "The Italian Job and Footballers' Wives actor John Forgeham dies aged 75". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ Footballers' Wives interview
  5. ^ a b John Forgeham obituary The Guardian, 13 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Actor John Forgeham, who starred in The Italian Job, dies after falling out of bed". 11 March 2017.
  7. ^ "John Forgeham".
  8. ^ "John Forgeham". BFI.
  9. ^ "Celebrity Fit Club[13/01/2004] (2004)". BFI.
  10. ^ "Actor John Forgeham, who starred in The Italian Job, dies after falling out of bed". The Independent. 11 March 2017.

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