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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 October 1934Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK
Birth NameTimothy Lancaster West
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A versatile British actor noted for his great power and command on the classical stage and in several other mediums including radio, film and television, Timothy West was born on October 20, 1934 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, the son of actors (Harry) Lockwood West and his wife Olive (Carleton-Crowe). Educated at John Lyon School and the Polytechnic, he first appeared on the stage in 1956 at the Wimbledon Theatre in a production of "Summertime". He then spent several seasons in repertory at such venues as Wimbledon, Newquay, Hull, Northampton, Worthing and Salisbury. He made his London debut at the Piccadilly Theatre in the comical farce "Caught Napping" in 1959.

For the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Aldwych (in 1964), he appeared in "Afore Night Come" and "The Marat-Sade", in addition to building up his Shakespeare repertoire with roles in "The Merry Wives of Windsor", "Love's Labour's Lost", "The Merchant of Venice", "The Comedy of Errors" and "Timon of Athens". For the Prospect Theatre Company, he appeared he took on the Shakespearean roles of Prospero ("The Tempest"), Claudius ("Hamlet"), Bolingbroke ("Richard II") and Mortimer ("Edward II"), among others. He also played the noted historical figure Samuel Johnson in two plays.

Along with definitive portrayals of Lear, Macbeth, Falstaff and Shylock, he became well-respected as a stage director. More recently, he directed a touring production of "H.M.S. Pinafore" while delightfully grandstanding in the role of Sir Joseph Porter. Other recent performances at age 70+ include "National Hero" and the title role in "The Life of Galileo".

Cutting a grand and imposing Wellesian figure, his acclaimed work on television has included recreating a number of his classical characters. He has played kingly roles, such as his superb Edward VII in the epic miniseries Edward the King (1975), and essayed a number of notable historical figures such as Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII (1979), Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbechev in Breakthrough at Reykjavik (1987) and Martin Luther (2002). He has portrayed Winston Churchill a number of times in such master productions as Churchill and the Generals (1979), The Last Bastion (1984) and Hiroshima (1995), while his extended gallery of greats have gone on to include Sir Thomas Beecham and Joseph Stalin.

Although his star shines less bright on film, he has nevertheless contributed greatly over the years with marvelously stern and scowling character roles in such prestigious fare as Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), The Day of the Jackal (1973), Hedda (1975) (as Judge Brack), Agatha (1979), Cry Freedom (1987), Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) and Iris (2001).

Long married to second wife actress/comedienne Prunella Scales, the couple have appeared together on stage over the years in such productions as "When We Are Married", "A Long Day's Journey Into Night", "The Birthday Party" and "The External". They have two sons, Joseph West (Joe) and Samuel West, the latter also an actor of note. Timothy's daughter Juliet is from his first marriage. A gifted raconteur, he is the author of several books, including "I'm Here I Think, Where are You?", a collection of letters written while on tour, his autobiography "A Moment Towards the End of the Play," and, his most recent, "So You Want to Be an Actor?" co-written with wife Prunella. In 1984, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the profession and has received honorary doctorates from six different universities.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Prunella Scales (1963 - present) (2 children)
Jacqueline Boyer (1956 - 1961) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Often plays leaders or authority figures
Rich smooth voice

Trivia (17)

Father of Samuel West.
West's young sons, Samuel and Joseph, appeared as his on-screen sons, George and Eddy, when he played the title role in "Edward the Seventh" in 1975.
Has a daughter named Juliet.
Son of actor Lockwood West.
Attended Bristol Grammar School in Bristol, England, where he was in the same class as actor Julian Glover. "Darth Vader" actor David Prowse was also in the same year there.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to drama in the 1984 Queen's Birthday Honours List. His wife, Prunella Scales, was awarded the CBE in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
A big fan of boating, he has owned a narrowboat since 1979 and regularly holidays on it with his family. He also is vice-president of The Waterways Trust, the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust and a patron of the Huddersfield Canal Society. He was also involved in the restoration of The Waverley, the world's last ocean-going paddle steamer.
Timothy was born in Bradford. His parents were both actors on tour, performing at Bradford's Prince's Theatre at the time.
Met second wife Prunella Scales in 1960 when they appeared together in the television production "She Died Young". They married three years later after his divorce.
Both he and his father Lockwood West have played King Edward VII. He played the monarch in Edward the King (1975) while the elder West played him in both Upstairs, Downstairs: Guest of Honour (1972) and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George: All Flesh Is Grass (1981).
Is the President of the prestigious drama school London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), in London.
Although he played Annette Crosbie's son in Edward the King (1975), he is only eight months her junior in real life. Similarly, Felicity Kendal played his elder sister in the series in spite of the fact that she is twelve years his junior.
He played the Prince of Wales / King Edward VII between the ages of 22 (in 1863) and 68 (in 1910) in Edward the King (1975).
Considered for the roles of Dr. Armstrong, Sir Percy and Bukovsky in Lifeforce (1985).
One of his ancestors, Sir Guy Carleton was Governor General of Canada.
Has traced his family back to the Carletons in 17th century at Rossfad, near Innisklew, Ireland.
Grandson of H. Carleton-Crowe.

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