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Peter Wynn Barkworth (14 January 1929 – 21 October 2006)[1] was an English actor. He twice won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor; for Crown Matrimonial in 1975 and for Professional Foul and The Country Party in 1978. He also starred in the ITV series Manhunt (1970) and the BBC
BBC
series Telford's Change (1979). His film appearances included Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare
(1968), Patton (1970), International Velvet (1978) and Champions (1984).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Acting career

2.1 Television 2.2 Theatre 2.3 Film

3 The arts 4 Personal life 5 Testimonials 6 Filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Peter Barkworth was born at Margate, Kent. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Bramhall
Bramhall
in Cheshire
Cheshire
and Barkworth was educated at Stockport
Stockport
School. His headmaster wanted him to go to university but Barkworth had set his heart on a career in acting. In 1946 he won a scholarship to RADA. He spent the next few years in repertory in Folkestone, with the Arthur Brough
Arthur Brough
company, and also in Sheffield. From the mid-1950s to the early 1960s he taught acting technique at RADA. Acting career[edit]

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Television and film appearances followed over four decades. He is perhaps best remembered for playing Mark Telford in the TV series Telford's Change (1979),[2] watched every week by seven million viewers. This series followed the life of a senior banking executive as he downsized to Dover
Dover
to start his life over again, leaving his wife in London. Barkworth co-starred with Hannah Gordon, with Keith Barron as her seducer. Television[edit] Barkworth twice won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor, in 1975 for Crown Matrimonial (1974) and in 1978 for his roles in Professional Foul and The Country Party (both 1977). His character in the 1965 boardroom drama The Power Game was a recurring role. In the late 1960s, he appeared in a leading role as Vincent in the World War II
World War II
drama series Manhunt on LWT
LWT
and various episodes of The Avengers. He also had a part in the Doctor Who
Doctor Who
serial The Ice Warriors as Leader Clent. Barkworth also played the expatriate British novelist Hugh Neville in the episodes Guilt and Lost Sheep of Secret Army (1977). Later TV included the part of Stanley Baldwin
Stanley Baldwin
in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), and the serials The Price (1985) and Late Starter (also 1985) in both of which he played angst-filled, middle-aged, middle class characters beset by marital problems in the context respectively of a kidnapping and the early retirement of an academic. Both these series and Telford's Change were based on Barkworth's original ideas. He also had a leading guest role as Colonel Ross in the 1988 episode "Silver Blaze", from season four of the 1984 Sherlock Holmes TV series Theatre[edit] Back on the stage, Barkworth appeared in numerous plays in the West End, notably as Edward VIII in Royce Ryton's Crown Matrimonial starring alongside Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
at the Haymarket Theatre
Haymarket Theatre
in 1972, a role which he repeated on TV two years later. He also devised a one-man show based on the work of Siegfried Sassoon. Film[edit] His film career began in 1951 with A Touch of Larceny. He had subsequent roles in No Love for Johnnie
No Love for Johnnie
(1961), Two a Penny
Two a Penny
(1967), Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare
(1968), Patton (1970), Escape from the Dark
Escape from the Dark
(1976), International Velvet (1978) and Champions (1983). His last appearance was in the film Wilde in 1997. He then retired from acting. The arts[edit] Barkworth was a member of the Council at RADA
RADA
for 16 years during the 1980s and 1990s. His book About Acting – formerly titled The Complete About Acting – is often recommended reading for students and professional actors alike. He also edited For All Occasions: A Selection of Poems, Prose and Party Pieces (1997).[3] He was an avid collector of mainly British art and after his death he left his collection of paintings to be hung at the National Trust at Fenton House, Hampstead. The works include two small Conatables. Personal life[edit] Barkworth lived in Hampstead
Hampstead
for many years, and died at the Royal Free Hospital in London
London
of bronchopneumonia 10 days after suffering a stroke. He never married.[4] Testimonials[edit] In The Sunday Times, John Peter wrote:

“ Peter Barkworth: an actor of the utmost skill and refinement, whose physical control and spiritual awareness has always had a jewel-like gleam and precision. ”

Stockport
Stockport
College has a theatre where Drama is taught named after him.[5] Filmography[edit]

Malta Story
Malta Story
(1953) - Cypher Clerk (uncredited) You Know What Sailors Are (1954) - Naval Lieutenant (uncredited) A Touch of Larceny
A Touch of Larceny
(1959) - Sub Lt. Brown Seven Keys (1961) - Estate Agent No Love for Johnnie
No Love for Johnnie
(1961) - Henderson No My Darling Daughter
No My Darling Daughter
(1961) - Charles Play It Cool (1962) - Skinner Tiara Tahiti (1962) - Lt. David Harper The Cool Mikado
The Cool Mikado
(1963) - Fanshawe (uncredited) Downfall (1964) - Tom Cotterell You Must Be Joking! (1965) - Studio Director (uncredited) Two a Penny
Two a Penny
(1968) - Vicar Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare
(1968) - Capt. Ted Berkeley Patton (1970) - Colonel John Welkin The Love Ban (1973) - Bra Factory Director Mr Smith - Mr Smith Escape from the Dark
Escape from the Dark
(1976) aka The Littlest Horse Thieves - Richard Sandman International Velvet (1978) - Pilot Champions (1984) - Nick Embiricos Wilde (1997) - Charles Gill (final film role)

References[edit]

^ The Daily Telegraph Issue 47,338 (16 August 2007) p28 reported that he left estate valued at £2,256,862 and a collection of paintings and drawings to the National Trust ^ Trewin, Wendy (26 October 2006). " Peter Barkworth obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2016.  ^ Anthony, Hayward (24 October 2006). " Peter Barkworth Obituary". The Independent. Retrieved 8 August 2016.  ^ " Peter Barkworth Obituary". The Telegraph. 26 October 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2016.  ^ Stockport
Stockport
College website[permanent dead link], stockport.ac.uk; accessed 12 December 2015.

External links[edit]

Peter Barkworth on IMDb Biography of Peter Barkworth Loose Cannon's Hall Of Fame Brit actor Peter Barkworth dies BBC
BBC
News, 25 October 2006

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BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor

Paul Rogers (1955) Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
(1956) Michael Gough (1957) Michael Hordern
Michael Hordern
(1958) Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
(1959) Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1960) Lee Montague (1961) Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
(1962) Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corbett
(1963) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1964) Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
(1965) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1966) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1967) Eric Porter (1968) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(1969) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1970) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1971) John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier
(1972) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1973) Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
(1974) Peter Barkworth (1975) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1976) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1977) Peter Barkworth (1978) Edward Fox (1979) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1980) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1983) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1984) Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith
(1985) Bob Peck (1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) David Jason (1988) Ray McAnally (1989) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1990) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1991) Robert Lindsay (1992) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1993) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1994) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1995) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1996) Nigel Hawthorne (1997) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(1998) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1999) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2000) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2001) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2002) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2003) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2004) Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
(2005) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2008) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2009) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2010) Daniel Rigby (2011) Dominic West
Dominic West
(2012) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2013) Sean Harris (2014) Jason Watkins (2015) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2016) Adeel Akhtar (2017)

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