Graham Crowden

1922 - 2010

Stage and screen actor. Born in Edinburgh, the third of four children of a classics teacher, Crowden was educated at Clifton Hall School and Edinburgh Academy. After time working in a tannery and brief service in the Royal Scots Youth Battalion during World War II, that ended when he was accidentally shot by his platoon sergeant, he began acting. A minor role in Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1944, was followed by plays at the Bristol Old Vic and the Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow. He joined the newly-formed English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre in 1956, and then the new National Theatre at the Old Vic in London in 1965.

He came to public attention in the BBC television sitcoms A Very Peculiar Practice (1986-88) and Waiting for God (1990-94), and went on to many other television appearances. He had roles in more than thirty films including The Virgin Soldiers (1969), For Your Eyes Only (1981), The Missionary (1982), Out of Africa (1985) and Calendar Girls (2003).

Crowden died in Edinburgh.

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