Where Do I Know That Actor?

It may be veteran character actor week on UNC-TV as I spotted several faces of note on recent programs.

We’ll start with this week’s Midsomer Murders. Part one of “Things That Go Bump In the Night” aired Saturday night and saw DCI Barnaby investigating the death of an undertaker. Well, if you thought the character of Ronald Burgess looked familiar, you may well be right. Burgess was played by Julian Curry who may not be a household name but has appeared in several shows UNC-TV has broadcast throughout the years (his imdb page lists guest star roles on The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Morse and A Fine Romance). However, I realized why I found him recognizable – he played opera buff and hopeless cross-examiner Claude Erskine-Brown on the Mystery! series Rumpole Of The Bailey.

Following that Midsomer Murders outing, on Rosemary & Thyme, the gardening gumshoes discovered a body next to an ancient yew tree in a episode aptly called “The Tree of Death.” In this episode, Franklin Danvers was played by Michael Cochrane. Cochrane, it seems, has been all over our airwaves over the past few decades. A few guest roles of note in series like The Two Ronnies, Partners In Crime, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Doctor Who and MI-5 might be enough to get him noticed but he’s likely better known to keen UNC-TV viewers from other series in which he had fuller roles. Recently, Cochrane played Reverend Travis on Downton Abbey (he reluctantly presided over the marriage of Daisy and William). Going back a bit, he was Richard Monkton in the Penelope Keith Britcom No Job For A Lady and Freddie Hampton in the Masterpiece Theatre series The Citadel.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.

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