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Colin Welland (1934–2015)

In a career of over 30 years this Lancashire-born former art teacher has achieved great success in acting, both in television and film and writing, for television, film and stage. His first film appearance is perhaps still his best-loved, the sympathetic Mr Farthing in Kes (1969), for which he won a BAFTA. Welland started in television in 1962 with... See full bio »


(age 81) in London, England, UK

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 1998 Bramwell (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Barclay
- Loose Women (1998) ... Mr. Barclay
 1997 Trial & Retribution (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Mallory
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Mallory
 1997 The Fix (TV Movie)
Harry Catterick
 1993 Screen Two (TV Series)
Martin Harty
- Femme Fatale (1993) ... Martin Harty
 1991 For the Greater Good (TV Series)
Sir David Whites
- Member (1991) ... Sir David Whites
 1990 Made in Heaven (TV Series)
- The Big Match (1990) ... Howard
 1990 The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (TV Movie)
Reuters Editor
 1990 Dancin' Thru the Dark
Branskys Manager
 1987 Screenplay (TV Series)
- The Trial of Klaus Barbie (1987) ... Klarsfeld
 1983 Farmers Arms (TV Movie)
 1980-1981 Cowboys (TV Series)
- Middle for Diddle (1981) ... Geyser
- Operation Douche (1981) ... Geyser
- Pieces of Hate (1980) ... Geyser
- Hurricane Leslie (1980) ... Geyser
- Bell, Book and Candle (1980) ... Geyser
 1974-1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Chief Constable James McBride / Willie / Onslow
- United Kingdom (1981) ... Chief Constable James McBride
- Blue Remembered Hills (1979) ... Willie
- A Passage to England (1975) ... Onslow
- Leeds United (1974) ... (uncredited)
 1962-1978 Z Cars (TV Series)
PC Graham / PC David Graham / PC Ray Graham / ...
- Pressure (1978) ... Angry Northerner
- But the Crying... (1965) ... PC Ray Graham
 1977 The Cost of Loving (TV Series)
Albert Royston
- Albert's Part (1977) ... Albert Royston
 1977 Cottage to Let (TV Series)
Albert Rodway
- Saving It for Albie (1977) ... Albert Rodway
 1977 Sweeney!
Frank Chadwick
 1976 Machinegunner (TV Movie)
Jack Bone
 1975 The Wild West Show (TV Series)
 1975 The Sweeney (TV Series)
- Faces (1975) ... Tober
 1974 Village Hall (TV Series)
- Mark Massey Is Dead (1974) ... Ted
 1972 Man at the Top (TV Series)
Charlie Armitage
- Winners are Losers (1972) ... Charlie Armitage
- High Stakes (1972) ... Charlie Armitage
- How to Make a Fortune (1972) ... Charlie Armitage
- Nobody Gets in My Way (1972) ... Charlie Armitage
- A Very Desirable Property (1972) ... Charlie Armitage
 1971 Kate (TV Series)
Johnny Cross
- Ideally's a Big Word (1971) ... Johnny Cross
 1971 Villain
Tom Binney
 1969-1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Lennie Brown / Bill
- Roll on Four O'Clock (1970) ... Lennie Brown
- Bangelstein's Boys (1969) ... Bill
 1970 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
- Say Goodnight to Your Grandma (1970) ... Tony
 1970 For the Love of Ada (TV Series)
Albert Bingley
- The Wedding (1970) ... Albert Bingley
 1965-1970 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Dave Sullivan / Liverpool Supporter
- Don't Ring Us... We'll Ring You (1970) ... Dave Sullivan
- Till Death Us Do Part (1965) ... Liverpool Supporter
 1969 Kes
Mr. Farthing
 1969 Fraud Squad (TV Series)
Olly West
- Two Kinds of Crash (1969) ... Olly West
 1969 Jackanory (TV Series)
- Gumble's Yard: Clash on the Canal Bank (1969) ... Storyteller
- Gumble's Yard: Search for an Uncle (1969) ... Storyteller
- Gumble's Yard: What's in the Crates? (1969) ... Storyteller
- Gumble's Yard: Moonlight Flit (1969) ... Storyteller
- Gumble's Yard: Left on Our Own (1969) ... Storyteller
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He acted in Howard Brenton's play, "The Churchill Play," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Phil Daniels, James Ellis, Sean Baker, Richard McCabe, Ian Barritt, James Fleet, and Felicity Dean in the cast. Barry Kyle was director.

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His famous "The British Are Coming" cry at the 1982 Academy Awards was not an open display of jingoism or patriotic call to arms. He was at the time doing research in a small Washington state town in order to adapt his television play Play for Today: Kisses at Fifty (1973) to an American location (this would be the movie Twice in a Lifetime (1985)). Welland insists that "The British are Coming" ... See more »

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