Stuart Wilson (actor)

Stuart Conan Wilson (born 25 December 1946) is an English actor of film, television, and stage who is best known for his villainous and supporting roles in popular films like Lethal Weapon 3, The Age of Innocence, No Escape, Death and the Maiden, The Mask of Zorro, Enemy of the State, and Hot Fuzz.

Stuart Wilson
Stuart Conan Wilson

(1946-12-25) 25 December 1946 (age 74)
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Courtney Pledger
(m. 1990)

Early lifeEdit

Wilson was born in Guildford, Surrey, to an RAF family, and consequently had a varied educational history, spending much of his early childhood in Rhodesia where his father worked as a mining engineer. Having moved to London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After leaving RADA he played in theatres during the 1960s and 1970s. He has played major roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company,[1] the Royal Court Theatre, London's West End, regional, touring and many Fringe productions, most particularly at London's Bush Theatre.[2]


Wilson's first break was when he was chosen for the leading role of Johann Strauss II in the 1972 ITV costume drama The Strauss Family. He subsequently made many appearances on British television, his credits including Space: 1999, I, Claudius, The Sweeney, Return of the Saint, The Pallisers, Anna Karenina, The Professionals, Tales of the Unexpected, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Old Men at the Zoo,[3] The Jewel in the Crown and Prime Suspect. His biggest success was as Alan Stewart in the 1979 thriller serial Running Blind.

Film creditsEdit

As a more mature actor, Wilson successfully made the transition to Hollywood, often playing villains. His film credits include Dulcima, Wetherby, Lethal Weapon 3,[4] No Escape, Enemy of the State, The Rock (uncredited), The Age of Innocence, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Death and the Maiden, The Prisoner of Zenda, Slow Burn, The Mask of Zorro and Hot Fuzz. He also starred in television films, such as Secret Weapon, Coins in the Fountain, Her Wicked Ways and Princess of Thieves.

Television workEdit

Wilson made fewer television appearances after his success as a film actor, but continued to appear occasionally in series such as Midsomer Murders (2008), Spooks (2008), and Crossbones.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1971 Dulcima Gamekeeper
1979 The Prisoner of Zenda Rupert of Hentzau
1982 The Highest Honor Lt. General Ivan Lyon
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four Outer Party Official Uncredited
1985 Romance on the Orient Express Alex Woodward
1985 Wetherby Mike Langdon
1989 Fool's Mate Nikos Mitradis
1992 Lethal Weapon 3 Jack Travis
1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Walker
The Age of Innocence Julius Beaufort
1994 No Escape Walter Marek
Exit to Eden Omar
Death and the Maiden Geraldo Escobar
1996 Edie & Pen Victor
The Rock General Al Kramer Uncredited
Crossworlds Ferris
1998 The Mask of Zorro Don Rafael Montero
Enemy of the State Congressman Sam Albert
2000 Here on Earth John Morse
The Luzhin Defence Leonid Valentinov
Slow Burn Frank Norris
Vertical Limit Royce Garrett
2004 Some Things That Stay Stuart Anderson
Unstoppable Alex Sullivan
Fascination Oliver Vance
2006 Perfect Creature Brother Augustus
2007 Hot Fuzz Dr. Robin Hatcher
Grindhouse Old Man Segment: "Don't"
2016 Marauders Hubert's Double


Year Title Role Notes
1969, 1975 BBC Play of the Month Strato / Gerald Forbes Episodes: "Julius Caesar" & "When We Are Married"
1972 Jason King Marko Episode: "Zenia"
New Scotland Yard Constable Nash Episode: "Memory of the Gauntlet"
The Strauss Family Johann Strauss II Main role; Series 1
The Main Chance Ed Ransom Episodes: "Where Did I Leave My Shining Armor?" & "Choice of Jungles"
1973 The Adventurer Brian Hamilton Episode: "The Case of the Poisoned Pawn"
The Song of Songs Lt. Von Prell Miniseries
Hadleigh Jeremy Simon Episode: "Gentlemen and Prayers"
1974 Special Branch Steven Gill Episode: "Double Exposure"
The Protectors Smith Episode: "The Insider"
The Pallisers Ferdinand Lopez Recurring role; Series 1
Haunted: Poor Girl Oliver Wilson Television film
1975 Thriller Max Burns Episode: "The Double Kill"
Affairs of the Heart Lord Mark Episode: "Milly"
1975, 1978 The Sweeney DI Ken Knowles / Jimmy Knox Episodes: "Abduction" & "Latin Lady"
1976 I, Claudius Gaius Silius Miniseries
Space: 1999 Vindrus Episode: "A Matter of Balance"
1977 Anna Karenina Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky Miniseries
Moths Correze Television film
1978 Crown Court Bob Turner Episode: "Still Life with Feathers: Part 1"
1979 Running Blind Alan Stewart Miniseries
Return of the Saint Manfred Episode: "Appointment in Florence"
1980 The Professionals Van Neikerk Episode: "Slush Fund"
1982 Ivanhoe Maurice de Bracy Television film
We'll Meet Again Sid Davis Recurring role; Series 1
1983 Tales of the Unexpected Dave Brigham Episode: "A Sad Loss"
The Old Men at the Zoo Simon Carter Main role; Series 1
1984 The Jewel in the Crown Capt. James Clarke Miniseries
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Lt. Volkenauer Episode: "Our Man in Tegernsee"
1985 Romance on the Orient Express Alex Woodward Television film
Wallenberg: A Hero's Story Baron Gábor Kemény
1986 Sherlock Holmes Rt. Honourable Trelawney Hope Episode: "The Second Stain"
The Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest Grzegorz Piotrowski Television film
1987 Worlds Beyond Guy Bellamy Episode: "Captain Randolph"
London Embassy Artyem Kirilov Miniseries
Way Upstream Vince Television film
1988 Wild Things Andrew
1988-89 Nonni and Manni Magnus Hansson Main role; Series 1
1989 Voice of the Heart Mike Lazarus Television film
A Peaceable Kingdom Ian Fielding Episode: "Moonstruck"
1990 Secret Weapon Peter Hounam Television film
Coins in the Fountain Marcello
1991 Her Wicked Ways Peter Chambers
To Be the Best Jack Miller Miniseries
1995 Prime Suspect Dr. Patrick Schofeld Episodes: "The Lost Child" & "The Scene of Darkness"
1997 Rose Hill Richard Elliot Television film
2000 Second Sight Adam Bendrix / Jack Kenworthy Episodes: "Pilot Pt. 1" & "Pilot Pt. 2"
2001 Princess of Thieves Robin Of Locksley Television film
2002 Dinotopia Frank Scott Miniseries
2008 Heroes and Villains Duke of Burgundy Episode: "Richard the Lionheart"
Midsomer Murders Aloysius Wilmington Episode: "The Magician's Nephew"
Spooks Arkardy Katchimov Recurring role; Series 7
2014 Crossbones Captain Sam Valentine Episode: "The Covenant"


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