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Nicholas Courtney (I) (1929–2011)


Nicholas Courtney was born in Egypt, the son of a British diplomat. His early years were spent in Kenya and France and he was called up for National Service at the age of 18. After 18 months of duty in the British forces, Courtney joined the Webber Douglas drama school. He spent two years there and then did repertory theatre in Northampton. His ... See full bio »

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(age 81) in London, England, UK

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Known For

Doctor Who
Doctor Who Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart / Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart / Bret Vyon / Col. Lethbridge-Stewart / The Brigadier / Brigade Leader Lethbridge Stewart / Tourist
(1965-1989)
Lust in Space
Lust in Space Time Judge / Himself
(1998)
Downtime
Downtime Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
(1995)
Incendiary
Incendiary Archbishop of Canterbury
(2008)

Filmography

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 1991-2007 The Bill (TV Series)
Dr. Nigel Botterill / Judge
- Crown v Cooper (1991) ... Judge
 2007 Casualty (TV Series)
Claude Devigny
- The Fires Within (2007) ... Claude Devigny
 2005 Doctors (TV Series)
Edmund Black
- Heart on His Sleeve (2005) ... Edmund Black
 2004 Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (Video Game)
British Narrator (voice)
 2000 TravelWise (Video)
Alistair
 1999 Sir Bernard's Stately Homes (TV Series)
Senior Policeman
- Stebson Towers (1999) ... Senior Policeman
 1998 Lust in Space (Video)
Time Judge / Himself
 1996 Satellite City (TV Series)
English Stan
- The Other Side (1996) ... English Stan
 1992 Screen One (TV Series)
Tim Ayling
- Born Kicking (1992) ... Tim Ayling
 1990-1991 French Fields (TV Series)
Marquis
- Surprise, Surprise (1991) ... Marquis
- Sale or Return (1990) ... Marquis
 1991 The Corridor Sketch (Video short)
Sir Horace
 1990 Bullseye!
Sir Hugh
 1988 Only Fools and Horses.... (TV Series)
Charles
- Dates (1988) ... Charles
 1987 Wartime (Video short)
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (voice)
 1987 Yes, Prime Minister (TV Series)
Police Commissioner
- A Diplomatic Incident (1987) ... Police Commissioner
 1985 Juliet Bravo (TV Series)
Superintendent Austin
- Inspection (1985) ... Superintendent Austin
 1985 Jenny's War (TV Series)
Medical Officer
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Medical Officer
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Medical Officer
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Medical Officer
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Medical Officer
 1984 Minder (TV Series)
Raymond Wilkins
- The Balance of Power (1984) ... Raymond Wilkins
 1984 The Brief (TV Series)
President
- Long Glyn (1984) ... President
 1984 To Catch a King (TV Movie)
de Oliveira
 1981 Sink or Swim (TV Series)
Bank Manager
- Tourists (1981) ... Bank Manager
 1981 Barriers (TV Series)
Henri Beauvoir
- Episode #1.7 (1981) ... Henri Beauvoir
 1980 Shelley (TV Series)
Bank Manager
- Owner Occupiers (1980) ... Bank Manager
 1980 All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series)
Paul Cotterell
- Matters of Life and Death (1980) ... Paul Cotterell
 1980 Watch This Space (TV Series)
- Cleo's Milk (1980)
 1978 The Law Centre (TV Series)
Renfrew
- Friday the Thirteenth (1978) ... Renfrew
 1977 Whodunnit? (TV Series)
Peter Hampshire
- No Happy Returns (1977) ... Peter Hampshire
 1977 The Galton & Simpson Playhouse (TV Series)
Bronzed Man
- Cheers (1977) ... Bronzed Man
 1974 Undercovers Hero
French Intelligence Officer (uncredited)
 1973 The Two Ronnies (TV Series)
Dickie Chapman
- Episode #3.1 (1973) ... Dickie Chapman
 1973 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Hutchinson Hatch
- Cell 13 (1973) ... Hutchinson Hatch
 1972 Endless Night
Second Auctioneer (uncredited)
 1972 Doomwatch (TV Series)
Phillip
- Cause of Death (1972) ... Phillip
 1971 Jason King (TV Series)
Dr. Straymam
- Wanna Buy a Television Series? (1971) ... Dr. Straymam
 1970 The Main Chance (TV Series)
James Harding
- Private Armies (1970) ... James Harding
 1969 My Partner the Ghost (TV Series)
Max
 1969 Journey to the Far Side of the Sun
Medical Data Analyst (uncredited)
 1969 Callan (TV Series)
David Forbes
- The Running Dog (1969) ... David Forbes
 1969 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Alex
- Go on... It'll Do You Good (1969) ... Alex
 1969 Take a Girl Like You
Panel Chairman
 1968 The Champions (TV Series)
Doctor Farley
- The Experiment (1968) ... Doctor Farley
 1968 Sergeant Cork (TV Series)
Huss
 1967 Softly Softly (TV Series)
Davidson
- Inducement (1967) ... Davidson
 1962-1967 The Avengers (TV Series)
Captain Gifford / Captain Legros
- Mission... Highly Improbable (1967) ... Captain Gifford
- Propellant 23 (1962) ... Captain Legros
 1967 The Informer (TV Series)
Henry Leason
- Mutual Protection (1967) ... Henry Leason
 1964-1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Freemantle / Ned
- Carried by Storm (1964) ... Ned
 1966 Intrigue (TV Series)
Benson
- Take the Money and Shut Up (1966) ... Benson
 1966 The Brides of Fu Manchu
Sergeant (uncredited)
 1966 Watch the Birdies (TV Mini-Series)
Bill Page
 1965 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Husband
- The End of Arthur's Marriage (1965) ... Husband
 1965 Riviera Police (TV Series)
Harvey Brooks
- Take It Sideways and Pray (1965) ... Harvey Brooks
 1965 The Saint (TV Series)
Alain / Policeman
- The Abductors (1965) ... Alain
- The Contract (1965) ... Policeman (uncredited)
 1965 The Man in Room 17 (TV Series)
Gilles
- Confidential Report (1965) ... Gilles
 1965 A Little Big Business (TV Series)
- Call Me Marcus (1965)
 1964 Victoria Regina (TV Mini-Series)
Tudor
- Spring (1964) ... Tudor
 1964 The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (TV Series)
Captain Notley
- Watches of the Night (1964) ... Captain Notley
 1964 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Mark Norman
- Why Baker Died (1964) ... Mark Norman
 1962 Looking About (TV Series)
King Charles II
 1957 Escape (TV Series)
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Other Works:

He acted in Ian Main's play, "Subway in the Sky", at the Northampton Repertory Theatre in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England with Dorothy Wheatley, Zoe Hicks and Matthew Vaughan in the cast. Lionel Hamilton was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | See more »

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

Working with Bill Hartnell (William Hartnell) was interesting. He was towards the end of his time as the Doctor and I think he was getting a little tetchy because he wasn't a particularly well man, but he seemed to like me. But the funny thing was, he said 'You're with the wrong agent, Nick, I'll put you with mine', and I didn't work for a year. See more »

Trivia:

Although he played a senior officer in many episodes of Doctor Who (1963), Courtney was actually just a private during his period of service in the British Army. His performance in the role of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart was considered so convincing, real life army officers made it known to the production office how much they related to his performance. See more »

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