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Edwardian Woodward

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The actor continued grandly on stage in such Shakespearean productions as "Hamlet" (Laertes)," "Romeo and Juliet" (Mercutio), "Pericles" (Thaliard), "Much Ado About Nothing" (Claudio), and "Measure for Measure" (Lucio), but scored a major success portraying Percy in "Rattle of a Simple Man" in 1961, making his Broadway debut in the play two years later. Commercial clients include such brands as Agent Provocateur, Puma, Absolut, MTV, BBC Television, Harvey Nichols, Canon and Vodafone to name but a few.

His casting as Guy Crouchback in the 1967 adaption of Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy, dramatised by Giles Cooper and directed by Donald McWhinnie, established him as an actor of quality and standing. In July 2009, a planned performance of Love Letters, co-starring his wife Michele, was to be postponed because of damage caused to his hip when he fell down the stairs at his West Country home.

His vocal ability and acting skill enabled him to make a number of appearances when time allowed on the BBC's Edwardian era music hall programme, The Good Old Days. Woodward was that rarity in the entertainment world: one who specialised in nothing much, yet appeared to be especially talented in whatever he took on: villains, heroes, characters from melodrama and the musical comedy stage – all were tackled with a superb professionalism. His most popular songs include "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd", "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", and "The Streets of London". Woodward had a fine tenor voice, appearing on a number of occasions in The Good Old Days and making a dozen LPs. We always try, to the best of our ability to honestly and clearly communicate an items condition, both in our description and photography, highlighting anything over and above what we perceive as ‘general age related wear and tear'.

Unframed art giclée print, printed on 310gsm fine art archival matte paper, made from 100% cotton, using pigment inks for longevity. Edward Albert Arthur Woodward, actor: born Croydon, Surrey 1 June 1930; OBE, 1978; married 1952 Venetia Collett (marriage dissolved; two sons, one daughter), 1987 Michele Dotrice (one daughter); died Truro, Cornwall 16 November 2009. citation needed] While both actors were playing the part of unrelated Technomages, the on-screen chemistry between them was clear. The cynical, former secret agent offered his services for free to those seeking revenge and had no qualms about using his gun to "equalize" matters for the aggrieved. On the big screen he also played Sergeant Neil Howie, alongside Christopher Lee and Diane Cilento, in The Wicker Man (1973); Commander Powell in Who Dares Wins (1982); Saul in King David; the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol; Merlin in Merlin and the Sword; Captain Haldane in The Young Winston; the racehorse trainer Josh Gifford in Champions; and Sergeant Wellbeloved in Stand Up Virgin Soldiers.Then, he had a brief run in EastEnders (2009) as Tommy Clifford, seeking forgiveness for the murder, several decades ago, of Patrick Trueman's girlfriend. After his tabloid divorce (after over 30 years) from his first wife, he quickly married lovely actress Michele Dotrice in 1987, the sister of former 1960s' Disney child star Karen Dotrice of Mary Poppins (1964) fame. Winning a scholarship to Rada enabled Woodward to leave the job he had taken in a sanitary engineer's office. Noël Coward once said of him, "He was one of the nicest and most co-operative actors I've ever met or worked with. His Flamineo in Frank Dunlop's 1971 production of The White Devil was well received, but he wanted to be a star.

The key to popular success, without sacrificing his family – he had two sons and one daughter by his first wife, Venetia Collett (the actor Venetia Barrett) – seemed to be television. With this in mind, minor blemishes, surface scratches, manufacturing flaws and a general sense of their age and history are naturally to be expected. Following years in repertory theatre across Britain, he made his first West End appearance as Ralph Stokes in Where There's a Will (Garrick Theatre, 1954) and reprised the role in the B-film remake the following year.The Wicker Man also starred Christopher Lee, branching out from his performances in Dracula films to play Lord Summerisle, and Britt Ekland as the island's goddess of love deflowering young men. Versions were made in both English and Welsh, and Woodward appeared in both, being specially coached in the latter since he did not speak a word of the language.

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