Biography

Robert Powell was born on June 1, 1944 in Salford, Manchester, England.

In 1964, he started his acting career while attending Manchester

University. In 1967, he made his film debut, and later landed his first starring role in The Italian Job (1969). Some of his well known movies include Franco Ziefirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977), Ken Russell's Tommy (1975) and Mahler (1974), the remake of The Thirty Nine Steps (1978), and the popular TV series "Doomwatch"

(1970). Robert married on 29th August, 1975 to Barbara 'Babs' Lord.

They now have a son and a daughter. In 1982, Robert won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in Imperative (1982). He won the best actor award at the Paris Film Festival for Harlequin (1980). For his portrayal of Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth he received best actor awards

from TV Times and Italian TV Times, the international arts prize at the

Fiuggi Film Festival, grand prize at the Saint-Vincent Film Festival,

and a nomination as best actor from The Irish Academy of Film and

Television arts. In reference to his role as Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth,

Robert said, "I hope Jesus Christ will be the last in my line of

sensitive young men for quite a while."

Robert Powell was born on June 1, 1944 in Salford, Manchester, England.

In 1964, he started his acting career while attending Manchester

University. In 1967, he made his film debut, and later landed his first starring role in The Italian Job (1969). Some of his well known movies include Franco Ziefirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977), Ken Russell's Tommy (1975) and Mahler (1974), the remake of The Thirty Nine Steps (1978), and the popular TV series "Doomwatch"

(1970). Robert married on 29th August, 1975 to Barbara 'Babs' Lord.

They now have a son and a daughter. In 1982, Robert won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in Imperative (1982). He won the best actor award at the Paris Film Festival for Harlequin (1980). For his portrayal of Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth he received best actor awards

from TV Times and Italian TV Times, the international arts prize at the

Fiuggi Film Festival, grand prize at the Saint-Vincent Film Festival,

and a nomination as best actor from The Irish Academy of Film and

Television arts. In reference to his role as Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth,

Robert said, "I hope Jesus Christ will be the last in my line of

sensitive young men for quite a while."

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 62

Birthday 1944-06-01

Place of Birth Salford, Manchester, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

The British Soap Awards(1 episode)
Great Crimes and Trials(26 episodes)
2012 Tales of Television Centre
2009 World War II In HD Colour(15 episodes) as Narrator
2006 Colour Me Kubrick as Robert
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple(1 episode) as Dr. Haydock
2003 The Queen's Lost Uncle as Narrator
2002 2002 FIFA World Cup Official Film: Seven Games From Glory as Narrator
1999 Holby City(1 episode) as Mark Williams
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe(1 episode)
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe(49 episodes) as Barry Jemmerson
1995 Fantomcat(4 episodes) as Fantomcat
1993 The Legends of Treasure Island(26 episodes) as Dr. Livesey (voice)
1993 The Detectives(31 episodes) as Dave Briggs
1992 Das lange Gespräch mit dem Vogel as John Barth
1992 Chunuk Bair as Sgt. Maj. Frank Smith
1992 Il segno del comando as Edward Foster
1992 The First Circle as Gleb Nershin
1992 The Golden Years
1991 Pebble Mill(1 episode)
1990 Canned Carrott(12 episodes)
1990 Romeo.Juliet as Romeo (voice)
1988 Hannay(13 episodes) as Richard Hannay
1987 Love Sins as Gabriele D'Annunzio
1986 Shaka Zulu(11 episodes) as Dr. Henry Fynn
1986 Down there in the jungle as Kruger
1984 Frankenstein as Victor Frankenstein
1984 What Waits Below as Rupert 'Wolf' Wolfsen
1984 The Jigsaw Man as Jamie Fraser
1984 The Wandering Company as Narrator
1982 Countdown(6 episodes)
1982 Imperative as Augustin
1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame as Phoebus
1981 The Survivor as Keller
1981 Pygmalion as Higgins
1980 Jane Austen in Manhattan as Pierre
1980 Harlequin as Gregory Wolfe
1978 The Thirty Nine Steps as Richard Hannay
1978 An Audience with...(2 episodes) as Himself
1978 The Four Feathers as Jack Durrance
1977 Beyond Good and Evil as Paul Rée
1977 Jesus of Nazareth(4 episodes) as Jesus
1975 Looking for Clancy(5 episodes) as Frank Clancy
1975 Tommy as Captain Walker
1974 Mahler as Gustav Mahler
1973 Thriller(2 episodes)
1973 All Systems Go: Alan Garner as Himself
1972 The Asphyx as Giles Cunningham
1972 The Edwardians(1 episode)
1972 Asylum as Dr. Martin
1972 Crown Court(1 episode)
1972 Running Scared
1971 A Ghost Story for Christmas(5 episodes) as Himself
1971 Secrets as Allan Wood
1971 Jude the Obscure(6 episodes) as Jude Fawley
1970 Doomwatch(41 episodes) as Tobias Wren
1970 The Season of the Witch
1969 Tower of London: The Innocent as Earl of Warwick
1969 The Italian Job as Yellow
1967 Robbery
1966 The Hunchback of Notre Dame(1 episode)
1965 Play of the Month(229 episodes) as Valentine
1965 Play of the Month(229 episodes) as Frank Gardner
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)

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