Richard Heffer

Richard Heffer (born 28 July 1946 in Cambridge) is a British actor, best known for his roles on television in the 1970s and 1980s. His film career included appearances in Women in Love (1969), Waterloo (1970), Penny Gold (1973), The Sign of Four (1983), Countdown to War (1989), Night of the Fox (1990), Possession (2002), and Dimensions (2011).

He played supporting roles in a variety of TV series in his early career, including Department S, The Pathfinders and Jason King, before landing the role of British Army Captain Tim Downing in the BBC/Universal television series, Colditz (1972–74), in which Heffer was a regular throughout. He went on to play Det. Sgt. Alan Bruton in the final series of Dixon of Dock Green (1976) and Peter Porteous in two series of Enemy at the Door (1978-1980).

Heffer went on to guest in Father Brown, Public Eye and Survivors in the 1970s. He played Peter Witney alongside Roy Marsden in Airline in 1982, and took the leading role of rabies expert Michael Hilliard in the acclaimed BBC thriller The Mad Death in 1983. He also played Dr Charles Cartwright in the early series of the sitcom, Don't Wait Up.

Heffer continued to appear regularly on TV drama series in the 1980s, going on to star alongside Marsden again in Anglia's adaptation of The Black Tower, and continued to appear in guest roles in Boon, Howards' Way. His appearances on television have been less prolific in recent years although he has appeared in Wycliffe, Trial & Retribution, Heartbeat and Rosemary & Thyme. He also narrated three special feature documentaries for 2entertain's Doctor Who DVD range between 2008-12.


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Doctor Faustus Disciple #1 Uncredited
1969 Women in Love Loerke's Friend
1970 Waterloo Mercer
1973 Penny Gold Claude
1983 The Sign of Four Thaddeus Sholto TV movie
1988 The Zero Option Danby
1989 Countdown to War Wallace TV movie
1990 Night of the Fox Capt. Carter TV movie
2002 Possession Lord Lytton
2011 Dimensions Dr. Schmidt

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