Biography

Scottish born actor Kenneth Cranham is one of the most recognisable character actors in Britain. Having trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA, Cranham first came to prominence as Noah Claypole in the 1968 Carol Reed musical Oliver! In the late '70s, Cranham memorably played Sapper Salt in Euston Films' Danger UXB, before taking the title role in the popular postwar set period comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon. His most famous film role from around this time was Dr. Philip Channard in Hellraiser II. In more recent years he has starred in the HBO series Rome, as well as the films Hot Fuzz, Layer Cake, Valkyrie, Made in Dagenham, Maleficent and Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. Among many stage credits are West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, An Inspector Calls (both transferring to Broadway), The Ruffian on the Stair, The Birthday Party and Gaslight (at the Old Vic). For his role as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. In 2016, Cranham won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Andre in Florian Zeller's The Father. The play originated at the Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio in the Autumn of 2014, before touring the country and transferring to the West End in the Summer of 2015, and returning to the Duke of York's Theatre in Spring 2016. The play received an unprecedented five star review from every leading national press publication, and Cranham's performance was described as "the performance of his life" His first wife was actress Diana Quick. He has two daughters: Nancy Cranham with actress Charlotte Cornwell, and Kathleen Cranham with his second wife, actress Fiona Victory, whom he met on the set of Shine on Harvey Moon.

Scottish born actor Kenneth Cranham is one of the most recognisable character actors in Britain. Having trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA, Cranham first came to prominence as Noah Claypole in the 1968 Carol Reed musical Oliver! In the late '70s, Cranham memorably played Sapper Salt in Euston Films' Danger UXB, before taking the title role in the popular postwar set period comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon. His most famous film role from around this time was Dr. Philip Channard in Hellraiser II. In more recent years he has starred in the HBO series Rome, as well as the films Hot Fuzz, Layer Cake, Valkyrie, Made in Dagenham, Maleficent and Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. Among many stage credits are West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, An Inspector Calls (both transferring to Broadway), The Ruffian on the Stair, The Birthday Party and Gaslight (at the Old Vic). For his role as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. In 2016, Cranham won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Andre in Florian Zeller's The Father. The play originated at the Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio in the Autumn of 2014, before touring the country and transferring to the West End in the Summer of 2015, and returning to the Duke of York's Theatre in Spring 2016. The play received an unprecedented five star review from every leading national press publication, and Cranham's performance was described as "the performance of his life" His first wife was actress Diana Quick. He has two daughters: Nancy Cranham with actress Charlotte Cornwell, and Kathleen Cranham with his second wife, actress Fiona Victory, whom he met on the set of Shine on Harvey Moon.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 106

Birthday 1944-12-12

Place of Birth Dunfermline - Scotland - UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

A Sort of Innocence(6 episodes)
Official Secrets as Judge Hyam
Gareth Jones
Born a King as Lord Curzon
2017 Bancroft(4 episodes) as Charlie Haverstock
2017 Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool as Joe Turner
2017 The White Princess(8 episodes) as Cardinal Morton
2016 Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories(1 episode)
2016 War and Peace(6 episodes) as Uncle Mikhail
2015 Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II as Himself
2014 Maleficent as King Henry
2014 37 Days(3 episodes) as John Burns
2014 The Legend of Hercules as Lucius
2013 Closed Circuit as Cameron Fischer
2013 Flying Blind as Victor
2013 In the Flesh(4 episodes) as Vicar Oddie
2012 Panto! as Jerry
2011 Graffiti Wars as Narrator (Voice)
2011 The Night Watch as Horace Mundy
2011 National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard as Firs
2010 Made in Dagenham as Monty Taylor
2010 Harold Pinter: A Celebration
2009 Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen as MJ O'Loughlin
2009 Moving On(1 episode) as Mike
2008 Valkyrie as Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel
2008 Tess of the D'Urbervilles(4 episodes) as Mr Clare
2007 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades as Colonel Schmidt
2007 Sinking of the Lusitania as Captain Turner
2007 Hot Fuzz as James Reaper
2007 Lilies(8 episodes) as Health Inspector
2007 Lilies(1 episode)
2006 A Good Year as Sir Nigel
2006 The Line of Beauty(0 episodes) as Sir Maurice Tipper
2006 The Line of Beauty(1 episode)
2006 The Lavender List as Harold Wilson
2005 Rome(12 episodes) as Gnaeus Pompey Magnus
2004 Layer Cake as Jimmy Price
2004 Trauma as DC Jackson
2004 The Genius of Mozart(3 episodes) as Leopold Mozart
2004 Hustle(1 episode)
2004 Man Dancin' as D.I. Pancho Villers
2003 Sparkling Cyanide as George Barton
2003 Blackball as Chairman Collins
2003 Murder Investigation Team(1 episode)
2003 Killing Hitler as Brigadier Sir Stewart Menzies
2003 New Tricks(1 episode)
2003 Pollyanna as Mr. Pendleton
2002 Believe Nothing(1 episode)
2002 Night Flight
2002 Two Men Went To War as Sgt. Peter King
2001 Women Talking Dirty as George
2000 The Sins(1 episode)
2000 Without Motive(12 episodes) as DCS Derek Henderson
2000 Shiner as Gibson
2000 Born Romantic as Barney
2000 Gangster No. 1 as Tommy
2000 Lady Audley's Secret
1999 The Murder of Stephen Lawrence as Michael Mansfield QC
1998 Vigo as The Producer
1998 RPM as Biggerman
1998 Our Mutual Friend(4 episodes)
1997 Midnight Man as Brig. Charles Ferguson
1996 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall(3 episodes) as Reverend Millward
1996 Deep in the Heart as Robert Flaherty
1996 On Dangerous Ground as Brig. Charles Ferguson
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe(1 episode) as Tommy Collingwood
1996 Bed of Roses as Simon
1995 Kavanagh QC(1 episode)
1994 Requiem Apache as Tony
1992 Between the Lines(1 episode)
1992 Heartbeat(2 episodes)
1992 Tale of a Vampire as Edgar
1991 Murder Most Horrid(1 episode)
1991 Under Suspicion as Frank
1991 Prospero's Books as Sebastian
1991 Chimera(4 episodes) as Hennessey
1990 Monkey Boy as Hennessey
1989 Just Another Secret
1988 Hellbound: Hellraiser II as Dr. Philip Channard / Channard Cenobite
1988 The Black and Blue Lamp
1988 Stealing Heaven as Vice Chancellor Suger
1987 Inspector Morse(1 episode)
1987 Making Waves
1986 Casualty(1 episode) as James Lawrence
1986 Lovejoy(1 episode)
1986 Dead Man's Folly as Insp. Bland
1985 Lady Windermere's Fan as Lord Darlington
1982 Shine on Harvey Moon(35 episodes)
1981 Brideshead Revisited(14 episodes) as Sergeant Block
1980 'Tis Pity She's a Whore as Giovanni
1980 Thérèse Raquin(3 episodes) as Camille Raquin
1980 Donkeys' Years as Bill Taylor
1979 Danger UXB(13 episodes)
1978 BBC Television Shakespeare(1 episode)
1978 Enemy at the Door(1 episode)
1977 Joseph Andrews as The Wicked Squire
1976 Robin and Marian as Jack's Apprentice
1974 Vampira as Paddy
1974 The Changeling
1972 Crown Court(1 episode)
1972 Van der Valk(1 episode)
1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon as Paolo
1971 Budgie(1 episode)
1970 Fragment of Fear as Joe
1970 All the Way Up
1968 Otley as Kid
1968 Oliver! as Noah Claypole
1967 Natural World(1 episode)

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