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Overview (3)

Born in Chessington, Surrey, England, UK
Birth NamePaul Valentine Birkby
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Paul Darrow was born on 2 May 1941 in Surrey, England. He went to Haberdashers Askes School and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He performed with the Bristol Old Vic and started to get acting roles on British TV in the 1960s. After roles in such series' as The Saint (1962) and Doctor Who (1963), he was cast as Avon in the cult BBC science fiction series Blake's 7 (1978). He maintains an association with the classic series. Paul Darrow's interests include Criminology, good food and wine, classical music, the cinema and military history. He supports Manchester City Football Club and is married to the actress Janet Lees-Price.

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Spouse (1)

Janet Lees-Price (1966 - 22 May 2012) ( her death)

Trivia (27)

He appeared in 51 of the 52 episodes of Blake's 7 (1978), more than anyone other than Michael Keating. The only episode in which he did not appear was the pilot, Blake's 7: The Way Back (1978).
In 2003, he, Andrew Mark Sewell, and Simon Moorhead formed a consortium called 'B7 Enterprises' that had acquired the rights acquired the rights to _"Blake's 7" (1978)_ from Terry Nation's widow. The plan was to revive the show as a mini-series, starring Darrow in his original role as Avon, but due to disagreements about the direction of the show, he has since left the consortium.
He was considered for the roles of Caine, Dr, Armstrong, Bukovsky, Lamson and Kelly and other roles in Lifeforce (1985).
He was interviewed for a part in The Bounty (1984).
Has acted in both the James Bond franchise and the Doctor Who franchise.
He played different parts in two different Doctor Who (1963) serials - Captain Hawkins in "Doctor Who and the Silurians" and Maylin Tekker in "Timelash". He was also considered for many guest roles in the series - Persuasion in "Four to Doomsday", Captain Stapley in "Time-Flight", Valgard in "Terminus", Commander Vorshak and Bulic in "Warriors of the Deep", Lytton in "Resurrection of the Daleks", and Arak in "Vengeance on Varos".
Had his legs removed in in 2015 because of an operation.
He stars as the cynical character Kaston Iago in the Magic Bullet's Kaldor City audio series.
He originally auditioned for the part of Blake in Blake's 7 (1978), and was later recommended for the role of Avon by Vere Lorrimer.
In 2004 he was the subject of the fourth volume of MJTV's "The Actor Speaks" audio CDs, featuring frank interviews and dramatic pieces, alongside guest Peter Miles, with a piece specifically written by Tanith Lee.
He is a huge fan of cinema. As a teenager, according to some interviews, he spend a lot of his time in the cinema, and usually stayed there until his mother phoned the usherette to send him home for tea.
In an Interview by Karen Davies and Paul Winter at the Cult TV festival in October 2003, he revealed that he wasn't really interested in science fiction until he met Isaac Asimov. Reading one of his books sparked his interest in the genre.
In 2012, he returned to the role of Kerr Avon in Big Finish Productions' Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles, a series of dramatic readings which take place during Series One before the death of Olag Gan. Darrow stars as Avon in The Turning Test and The Magnificent Four by Simon Guerrier and Counterfeit by Peter Anghelides.
He performed all his own stunts in Blake's 7 (1978). He thinks he must have been mad, because a lot of them were quite dangerous.
He was known as a "Kiss of Death" to a lot of actresses, since no female character he kissed in Blake's 7 (1978) had ever survived the episode.
He got his first cigarette from his uncle. He was five.
He is well known to be accident-prone with props, especially with his guns on the set of Blake's 7 (1978). In fact, he broke so many of them, the team built a special gun with an aluminium core for him. Paul suspects that the transfer to a more solid weapon model in later seasons resulted from his accidents.
His favourite music artists include Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan.
He records voiceovers and straplines for UK Jack FM station in Oxfordshire.
He is the author of Avon: A Terrible Aspect, a 1989 novel about Avon's father and Avon's own early life. Darrow's autobiography, You're Him, Aren't You? was published in 2006. Darrow narrated the 2008 audio book of Terry Nation's classic children's story 'Rebecca's World, Journey to the Forbidden Planet'.
His real surname is Birkby. When an agent advised him to change it to a more easily recognisable and pronounceable one, his father suggested the name Darrow, after the American attorney Clarence Darrow.
He admitted in a 2004 BBC interview that he was hooked on Footballers' Wives (2002), and he would have liked to be in it.
He played the role of Samuel Vimes in the 1998/9 touring production of the play based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel "Guards! Guards!".
He starred as Elvis Presley in the West End stage musical "Are You Lonesome Tonight?".
His nickname on the set of Blake's 7 (1978) was "Blint", because he was thought to be a mixture of Burt Lancaster and Clint Eastwood.
An extinct crocodile from the Miocene of Australia, Baru darrowi, was named after him.
He was Patron of the University of York Astronomy Society (AstroSoc) 1981-1984.

Personal Quotes (6)

David Maloney, the producer of, among many other fine works, Blake's 7 (1978), has died. Whilst there is nothing surer for any of us in life than death, it is still very difficult to come to terms with the final loss of someone for whom we felt great affection and held in esteem. It is a cliché, but David will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. His gentle humour, quiet diplomacy and undoubted skill as a director/producer are qualities all too rare, especially today. Two years ago, he looked me in the eye and asked who I thought would be the first of Blake's 7 (1978) "to go!" I thought - am I looking unwell? Soon afterwards, we lost David "Gan Jackson (David Jackson). Now, another David is gone. I cannot speak for anyone else. All I can say is that David always treated me with courtesy and respect and, from time to time, enjoyed 'sending me up.' He knew, as did I, that my 'macho' image as Avon was something of a facade. Terry Nation's Blake's 7 (1978) was, and is, a family of sorts. A quarter of a century or more since its conclusion, those of us associated with the programme are aware of this. We have lost our founder, one of our leading actors, our favourite eccentric director and now, our producer. In time, we will all pass away, leaving nothing but flickering images of a splendid enterprise that captured the imagination of so many. An achievement in no small measure attributable to David Maloney.
[on Blake's 7 (1978)] It's a Western, really, and I've always wanted to do a Western.
Blake's 7 (1978) was so clever because it was the first series where you had this hero who was an anti-hero.
The difference between the United Kingdom and the United States is that in the United Kingdom, a hundred miles is a long distance; in the United States, a hundred years is a long time.
It costs nothing to be kind.
Generally I'm cast as the baddie but then the baddie is quite a good role. In fact it's usually the best.

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