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Walker, Rudolph (1939-)


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Rudolph Walker was born in 1939. He has worked extensively in theatre and television. In 1967 he starred Obi Egbuna's play Wind Versus Polygamy (BBC, tx.15/7/1968) with Earl Cameron and Lionel Ngakane, but it was the popular though controversial comedy series Love Thy Neighbour (1972-76) that made him famous.

Other television parts followed through the 1970s and 1980s- Sebastian Moses in drama series Empire Road (1979), the lead role in drama series Black Silk (1985), roles in Big George Is Dead (1987) written by Michael Abbensetts and the feature film Elphida (1987), written and directed by Tunde Ikoli. In 1989 he played Harry Cartwright in the cold-war thriller series Rules of Engagement.

He worked regularly in the 1990s, including the comedy series The Thin Blue Line (1995-96) as PC Gladstone and the drama series A Perfect State (1997). He appeared in television films Smack and Thistle (1991), written and directed by Tunde Ikoli, Bitter Harvest (1992) written by Winsome Pinnock and the feature films Bhaji on The Beach (d. Gurinder Chadha, 1993) and Ali G Indahouse (d. Mark Mylod, 2002).

Since 2002 he has appeared regularly on the BBC television soap opera, EastEnders.

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Thumbnail image of 10 Rillington Place (1970)10 Rillington Place (1970)

Grim but unsensationalised account of the John Reginald Christie murder case

Thumbnail image of Bhaji on the Beach (1993)Bhaji on the Beach (1993)

Intelligent, witty film about Asian women on a day-trip to Blackpool

Thumbnail image of Witches, The (1966)Witches, The (1966)

Hammer horror about witchcraft in an English village

Thumbnail image of Big George Is Dead (1987)Big George Is Dead (1987)

Two old friends - or are they? - go for a nostalgic night on the town

Thumbnail image of Black Silk (1985)Black Silk (1985)

Drama about a black lawyer championing minority communities

Thumbnail image of Crown Court (1972-84)Crown Court (1972-84)

Long-running afternoon court room drama series with a real-life jury

Thumbnail image of EastEnders (1985- )EastEnders (1985- )

The BBC's most successful soap - a serious rival to Coronation Street

Thumbnail image of Empire Road (1978-79)Empire Road (1978-79)

Drama series set within Birmingham's West Indian community

Thumbnail image of Fable (1965)Fable (1965)

Controversial TV drama imagining Britain under black rule

Thumbnail image of Love Thy Neighbour (1972-76)Love Thy Neighbour (1972-76)

Notorious but once-popular sitcom about racially-feuding neighbours

Thumbnail image of Roadrunner (1977)Roadrunner (1977)

A rich young West Indian is forced to return to his North London family

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