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Woodward, Edward (1930-2009)


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A fine actor with a splendid singing voice, RADA-trained and on stage from 1946 (rep until 1954), Edward Woodward made his film debut in Where There's a Will (d. Vernon Sewell, 1955), repeating his stage role (1954).

In 1967 he was cast as David Callan in the Armchair Theatre play 'A Magnum for Schneider' (ITV, tx. 4/2/1967), which became Callan (ITV, 1967-72) and was filmed as such (1974). In this role Woodward demonstrated his ability to express controlled rage which occasionally explodes, and his stoic demeanour has seen him cast in similar roles since.

Most memorable as repressed Sergeant Howie in the chilling (oc)cult thriller The Wicker Man (d. Robin Hardy, 1973) and gallant Harry Morant in Breaker Morant (Australia, d. Bruce Beresford, 1980), he appeared more recently in The House of Angelo (d. Jim Goddard, 1997) and on TV in Gulliver's Travels (d. Charles Sturridge, 1996).

He has recorded a number of albums over the years, including Edwardian Woodward. His second wife is Michele Dotrice, whom he married in 1987, and he is the father of Timothy Woodward.

Anne-Marie Thomas, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Thumbnail image of Wicker Man, The (1973)Wicker Man, The (1973)

Cult favourite about the pagan inhabitants of a remote Scottish island.

Thumbnail image of Callan (1967-72)Callan (1967-72)

Tough spy drama which made a star of Edward Woodward

Thumbnail image of Entertaining Mr Sloane (1968)Entertaining Mr Sloane (1968)

TV version of Joe Orton's farce, with Sheila Hancock and Edward Woodward

Thumbnail image of Julius Caesar (1969)Julius Caesar (1969)

Impressive Play of the Month adaptation with a starry cast

Thumbnail image of Magnum for Schneider, A (1967)Magnum for Schneider, A (1967)

Atmospheric pilot for cult spy drama Callan

Thumbnail image of Sword of Honour (1967)Sword of Honour (1967)

Adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh trilogy about WWII

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