Biography

Derek Thompson (born 4 April 1948) is a Northern Irish actor, most notable for playing Charlie Fairhead in the long-running BBC television medical drama series Casualty since 1986. In 2017, it was revealed that this role has made Thompson the highest paid actor within the BBC with a salary of £350,000-£399,000 per annum. Prior to the lead role in Casualty he starred in several films including The Long Good Friday, TV series such as Harry's Game and The Gentle Touch and several celebrated stints at The National Theatre. As a musician, he was also part of a folk duo with his twin sister Elaine in the 1960s.

Derek Thompson (born 4 April 1948) is a Northern Irish actor, most notable for playing Charlie Fairhead in the long-running BBC television medical drama series Casualty since 1986. In 2017, it was revealed that this role has made Thompson the highest paid actor within the BBC with a salary of £350,000-£399,000 per annum. Prior to the lead role in Casualty he starred in several films including The Long Good Friday, TV series such as Harry's Game and The Gentle Touch and several celebrated stints at The National Theatre. As a musician, he was also part of a folk duo with his twin sister Elaine in the 1960s.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 17

Birthday 1948-04-04

Place of Birth Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Also Known As

  • Elain and Derek
  • Elaine and Derek

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2007 Holby Blue(1 episode)
1999 Holby City(2 episodes) as Charlie Fairhead
1998 Resurrection Man as Herbie Ferguson
1986 Casualty(1,022 episodes) as Charlie Fairhead
1986 Fighting Back as Bruce Curran
1985 Wild Geese II as Hourigan
1985 The Price as Frank Crossan
1982 Brookside(4 episodes)
1982 Harry's Game(3 episodes) as Billy Downes
1981 Bergerac(1 episode)
1980 The Long Good Friday as Jeff
1980 Breaking Glass as Andy
1980 The Gentle Touch(56 episodes)
1979 Yanks as Ken
1978 Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf as Skinner
1976 Rock Follies(12 episodes)
1965 Gonks Go Beat

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