Edward Woodward

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Edward Woodward (1930–2009)[1] was a British actor, singer and director.


Born Edward Albert Arthur Woodward in Croydon, Surrey, and attended various schools in Surrey, before going to Kingston College. He then went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to train as a performer. After graduation from RADA, he worked extensively in repertory companies as a Shakespearean actor throughout England and Scotland, making his London stage debut in R. F. Delderfield's Where There's a Will in 1955.

He went on to carve a prolific career, appearing in productions in both the West End of London, Broadway in New York City and on numerous tours.

He came to wider attention through some film and television work, particularly for his performance as the main character in the TV spy drama Callan (1967) and the lead role in the American television series The Equalizer (1985–89).

Woodward was married twice and had three children who all became actors. He died on 16 November, 2009.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

In 1961 he came to South Africa to star as Percy in an imported British production of Rattle of a Simple Man, presented by Taubie Kushlick, with Pauline Stroud, Kerry Jordan and stage director Valda Blumberg.

He was also known to South African audiences for his leading role in the Australian film Breaker Morant, set in the Boer War.


Programme notes of Rattle of a Simple Man in 1961.

Tucker, 1997.

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