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Michael Roy Kitchen (born 31 October 1948) is an English actor and television producer, best known for his role as Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle in the ITV drama series Foyle's War 2002-15. He also played the role of Bill Tanner in two James Bond films and John Farrow in BBC Four's comedy series Brian Pern.
Michael Roy Kitchen
31 October 1948
|Occupation||Actor, television producer|
Kitchen was born in Leicester, Leicestershire. As a young boy (circa 1960) he was head chorister in the Church of the Martyrs choir, where he was a regular soloist. He attended the City of Leicester Boys' Grammar School, where he appeared on stage in a production of Cymbeline.
He worked with the National Youth Theatre and the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1969, while still at RADA, he won the "Emile Littler Award" for 'outstanding talent and aptitude for the professional theatre'.
Television and filmEdit
Kitchen was discovered at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) by talent agent Peter Froggatt of Plant & Froggatt Ltd. In the early 1970s, Kitchen appeared in small roles in films such as Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971) and the Hammer film Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) before becoming a fixture of British television.
His early TV appearances include roles in Play for Today (Hell's Angels by David Agnew, 1971), Thriller, The Brontes of Haworth, 1973, in which he played Branwell Bronte), Tales of the Unexpected and Beasts. He played the role of Martin in the original 1976 production of Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle, Peter in Stephen Poliakoff's Caught on a Train, Edmund in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of King Lear, the Antipholi in the same series' production of The Comedy of Errors, Private Bamforth in the 1979 BBC television play of The Long and the Short and the Tall. Also in 1979 Kitchen appeared in an episode of the hard-hitting police drama The Professionals, the episode entitled Runner. He played the role of Duffy, a renegade former member of an organised crime network.
Other roles at this time include Larner in the film Breaking Glass (1980), Rochus Misch in The Bunker (1981), Berkeley Cole in the film Out of Africa (1985), the King of the United Kingdom in To Play the King (1993), an English land agent during the Irish Famine in The Hanging Gale (1995), and a recurring role as Bill Tanner in the Pierce Brosnan Bond films GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999).
His later films include The Russia House (1990), Fools of Fortune (1990), Enchanted April (1992), The Trial (1993), Fatherland (1994), Doomsday Gun (1994), The Hanging Gale (1995), Kidnapped (1995), Mrs Dalloway (1997), The Railway Children (2000), Proof of Life (2000), Lorna Doone (2001) and My Week with Marilyn (2011).
From 2002 to 2015, Kitchen starred in the ITV mystery-drama Foyle's War as the lead character, DCS Christopher Foyle. He was also a producer for the show. Other noted appearances include The Buccaneers as Sir Helmsley Thwaite (1995), Dandelion Dead (1994), A Royal Scandal (1996), The Last Contract (Sista Kontraktet,1998) a Swedish film about the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme, Paul Abbott's Alibi in 2003, Andrew Davies' dramatisation of Falling in 2005, ITV's three-part drama series Mobile (2007) and Channel 4's phone hacking comedy Hacks (2012).
He has guest-starred in roles in other popular British television shows such as The Professionals, Minder, Chancer, Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost, Between the Lines, Pie in the Sky and Dalziel and Pascoe.
Kitchen is also a noted actor in British theatre. His roles have ranged from Ptolemy in Caesar and Cleopatra at the Belgrade Theatre in 1966 to Will in Howard Brenton's Magnificence at the Royal Court in 1973 to William Hogarth in Nick Dear's The Art of Success in 1986–87.
He played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet for the RSC at Stratford and was a member of the National Theatre Company and the Young Vic, where he played Iago in Othello. In 1974 he appeared at Laurence Olivier's National Theatre in the play Spring Awakening opposite Peter Firth, Jenny Agutter, Beryl Reid and Cyril Cusack. Later he appeared opposite Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir John Gielgud in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, directed by Peter Hall. In 1981 he played Melchior, the manservant of Zangler, in Tom Stoppard's play On the Razzle. In 1984 he played the cabin steward Dvornicheck in Tom Stoppard's play Rough Crossing.
|1971||Unman, Wittering and Zigo||Bungabine||Drama|
|1972||Dracula A.D. 1972||Greg||Horror|
|1974||King Thrushbeard and the Proud Princess||King Thrushbeard||TV film|
|1975||Savages||Carlos Esquerdo||TV film|
|1976||A Divorce||Laurence||TV film|
|1978||No Man's Land||Foster||TV film|
|1980||Caught on a Train||Nameless traveller|
|Breaking Glass||Larner||Drama, Musical|
|Bedroom Farce||Nick||TV film|
|1981||The Bunker||Rochus Misch||TV film|
|1985||Out of Africa||Berkeley||Romantic drama|
|The Browning Version||Frank Hunter||TV film|
|Love Song||William Hatchard||TV film|
|1990||Fools of Fortune||Mr Quinton||Rom-Com|
|The Russia House||Clive||Thriller|
|1991||The War That Never Ends||2nd Athenian representative||TV film|
|1992||Enchanted April||George Briggs||Drama|
|The Guilty||Steven Vey||TV film|
|1997||Mrs Dalloway||Peter Walsh||Romantic drama|
|1998||The Last Contract ("Sista Kontraktet")||John Gales alias Ray Lambert||Thriller (Swedish)|
|1999||The World Is Not Enough||Bill Tanner||Action adventure|
|2000||New Year's Day||Robin||Drama|
|Proof of Life||Ian Havery||Thriller|
|The Railway Children||Father||TV film|
|2011||My Week with Marilyn||Hugh Perceval||Biopic drama|
|2013||Clowning Around||Clive Davies, Head of Clowns (voice over)||Short film|
|1970||Thirty-Minute Theatre||Waller||1 episode: Is That Your Body?|
|1971||Man at the Top||Trevor||1 episode: The Prime of Life|
|Z Cars||Royal Hall||2 episodes|
|1972||ITV Sunday Night Theatre||1 episode: The Web|
|New Scotland Yard||Peter Coppard||1 episode: Hoax|
|1973||Country Matters||Henry Batley||1 episode: The Four Beauties|
|Late Night Theatre||Paul||1 episode: Susan|
|Crime of Passion||Philippe Villon||1 episode: Chantal|
|The Brontes of Haworth||Branwell Brontë||4 episodes|
|Great Mysteries||Herbert White||1 episode: The Monkey's Paw|
|Love Story||Roy||1 episode: Audrey had a Little Lamb|
|Marked Personal||Simon||2 episodes|
|1974||Fall of Eagles||Leon Trotsky||2 episodes|
|Seven Faces of Woman||Archie||1 episode|
|Thriller||Ian/George Newton||2 episodes|
|1975||Centre Play||The Student||1 episode: The Imp of the Perverse|
|Churchill's People||John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester||1 episode|
|1979||The Professionals||Duffy||1 Episode: "Runner"|
|1984||Weekend Playhouse||Ed||1 episode: As Man and Wife|
|Freud||Ernst von Fleischi-Marxow||3 episodes|
|1989||Minder||Maltese Tony||1 episode|
|The Justice Game||Tim Forsythe||4 episodes|
|Theatre Night||David||1 episode: Benefactors|
|Screen One||Bill English||1 episode: Home Run|
|1992||Boon||Donald Blake||1 episode: Shot in the Dark|
|Lovejoy||David Herbert||1 episode: Kids|
|Inspector Morse||Russell Clark||1 episode: The Death of the Self|
|1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Lloyd George||1 episode: Paris, May 1919|
|The Good Guys||Graham Croxley||1 episode: Old School Ties|
|To Play the King||The King||4 episodes|
|1994||Shakespeare: The Animated Tales||Polixenes/ Narrator||2 episodes|
|Dandelion Dead||Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong||4 episodes|
|1995||The Buccaneers||Sir Helmsley Thwaite||5 episodes|
|The Hanging Gale||Captain William Townsend||4 episodes|
|1996||A Touch of Frost||Jonathan Meyerbridge||1 episode: The Things We Do for Love (1996)|
|1997||Harry Enfield and Chums||David the Director||1 episode #2.6|
|Reckless||Richard Crane||6 episodes|
|Sunnyside Farm||Letchworth||6 episodes|
|1998||Dalziel and Pascoe||Philip Swain||- Bones and Silence (1998)|
|1999||Oliver Twist||Mr Brownlow||4 episodes|
|1999-2002||Always and Everyone||Jack Turner||18 episodes|
|2000||Masterpiece Classic||Father||episode: The Railway Children|
|The Holocaust on Trial||Prof. Richard Evans|
|The Secret World of Michael Fry||Herbie||2 episodes|
|2002–2015||Foyle's War||Christopher Foyle||28 episodes|
|2003||Faking It USA||Narrator|
|2003||Alibi||Greg Brentwood||TV Film|
|2006||Faking It||Narrator||episode: Burlesque Special|
|2007||Mobile||David West||episode: The Soldier|
|2012||White Heat||Jack (Present Day)||episode: The Sea of Trees|
|2014||The Life of Rock with Brian Pern||John Farrow||8 episodes|
|2016||The Collection||Frederic Lemaire||The Scent (2016)|
|2017||Brian Pern: A Tribute||John Farrow|
- Michael Kitchen interview in The Leicester Mercury, 13 August 1992; retrieved 19 March 2015.
- "ROB WILTON THEATRICALIA - National Theatre 1970s". Phyllis.demon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
- On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard. Published 1981 by Faber and Faber, Ltd. ISBN 0-571-11835-6
- Rough Crossing by Tom Stoppard. Published 1985 by Faber and Faber, Ltd. ISBN 0-571-13595-1
- "Rough Crossing". Sff.net. Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014.