Robert Powell

Mostly Credited As: Robert Powell
Birth Name: Robert Powell
Date Of Birth: June 01, 1944 (Age 71)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Salford, Manchester, England
Height: 5' 9 " (1.75 m)

Robert Powell

Robert Powell was born in Salford, north of England, and was the youngest of three children. He studied law at the Manchester University. When he played in a student play the director was astonished by his performance and convinced him to study acting in Stoke-On-Trent. In 1964 he moved to London where he carried on with his theatrical career.

Robert started in the movies playing supporting parts. His first film was Walk a crooked path in 1969, which was followed by The Italian Job, with Michael Caine, in which he played one of the burglars. In1970 his great chance arrived when he took part in the first season of the cult tv series Doomwatch. Robert played Toby Wren, who became one of the tv viewers' favourite character. Nevertheless, the writers decided to "sacrify" him and kill him off from the series. The truth is that Robert didn't want to make more than one season, and leaving the series turned out to be very good for his career.

That's how Robert started his prolific career in the movies, as well as on tv and theatre. He played in two horror films that are today considered as cult films: Asylum and The Asphyx, but he had a supporting role in both of them.

In his private life Robert has always regarded himself to be someone who is extremely shy who wasn't lucky with girls. Indeed, he was very surprised at the popularity due to Doomwatch. Eventually, he used that popularity to help him to meet the love of his life Barbara Lord, a dancer from the group Pan's People from the television show Top of the pops. This is a sweet anecdote: as Robert was so shy, he didn't dare invite Barbara to go out, so he decided to invite all the dancers to a restaurant and he managed to sit next to Babs. And it was practically love at first sight. They saw each other again and three months later they moved in together... and the love story still continues. So romantic!

In 1974 Ken Russell gave him the leading part in his most beautiful film, Mahler, he also played in the successful Tom Stoppard's Travesties, and "without any enthousiasm" he went to the casting for Franco Zefirelli's Jesus of Nazareth. Franco Zefirelli had in mind names such as Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman to play the role of the son of God and in fact Robert was cast to play Judas. But when Zefirelli looked at his eyes, he realised they could be Christ's eyes and asked him to do a screen test dressed as Christ. As soon as he was ready, everybody were astonished - Robert looked exactly as one had imagined Jesus to be.

Before playing Jesus Robert had to get married to Barbara because Sir Lew Grade, the producer, wouldn't accept that the actor who was to play Jesus Christ "lived in sin". In fact Robert and Babs had already considered marriage so this was no problem, and the couple are still happily married to this day. For Robert, Jesus of Nazareth was just another role, and as soon as he returned to London he shook off this image because he didn't want it to influence his career. Nevertheless, with Jesus of Nazareth he became known all around the world, a possible career in Hollywood was stopped by narrow-minded producers who couldn't conceive that the actor who had played Jesus should be permitted to commit any sin on screen. Robert actually didn't like the Hollywood system nor the roles which were offered to him. He feels much better in Europe than in America; indeed one of his favourite places is Italy. Robert is an international actor, not just because he's known all around the world, but because he has made a lot of films in many countries.

In 1978 Robert made one of his best films The Thirty Nine Steps, which was one of his favourite film and he enjoyed making it. For Robert the most important thing in any role he plays (except for Jesus) is to find the ironic side, to have fun in order to make it less tough.

Around about the time that he was filming 'The Thirty Nine Steps' his son Barney was born.

In the begining of the 80's Robert took part in two films which very important to his career - Harlequin, 1982, for which he was awarded best actor at the Paris film festival, and in the same year for his performance in Krzistof Zanussi's Imperative, he was awarded best actor at the Venice film festival. At around this time his daughter Kate was born.

All through this decade Robert took part in many films for Television. In 1989 Robert starred in a tv series based on his character from The Thirty Nine Steps: Hannay.

In the 90's, this exellent actor became the narrator of many documentaries and showed his talent as a comedy actor with the popular tv series The Detectives, with Jasper Carrott.

During the nineties, Robert received an honorary MA from Salford University, and nine months later he lost his father which affected him a lot because they had become much closer in those years.

Robert is a very decent man, he works with many charity associations and takes part in the events organised by them. Robert and his wife are also extremely adventurous. In 2001 both took part in the BT Challenge, the toughest yacht race around the world. While Babs completed the entire race, Robert just took part in one leg with the actor Jeremy Irons. More recently, Robert has appeared on stage touring in Britain with Murder by Misadventure and the successful Single Spies, both with Liza Goddard. More more recently he has toured England with a new adaptation of Wilde's The Portrait of Dorian Gray.
Robert's agents are:

31 Percy Street, London W1T 2DD
Telephone: 020-7631 0400
Fax: 020-7631 0500
E-mail: [email protected]

He is also listed with Advoice at

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Tales of Television Centre (2012)As: Himself
Churchill's Bodyguard (2005)As: Narrator -- [Voice]
Holby City (1999)As: Mark Williams (2005 - 2011)
Fantomcat (1995)As: Fantomcat -- [Voice]
The Detectives (1993)As: Detective David Briggs
The Legends of Treasure Island (1993)As: Dr Livesey -- [Voice]
Great Crimes and Trials (1992)As: Narrator -- [Voice]
Hannay (1988)As: Richard Hannay
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)As: Jesus Christ
Looking for Clancy (1975)As: Frank Clancy
Jude the Obscure (1971)As: Jude Fawley
Doomwatch (1970)As: Tobias Wren
Episode Cast Credits 

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (2011) 
  Robert Powell and Liza Goddard 04x17: (Oct/02/2014) As Himself 

Weekend (2014) 
  July 26, 2014 01x27: (Jul/26/2014) As Himself 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  Series 14, Episode 17 14x17: (Feb/11/2014) As Himself 
  Series 11, Episode 26 11x26: (Oct/08/2012) As Himself 
  Series 10, Episode 34 10x34: (Mar/01/2012) As Himself 
  Series 8, Episode 4 08x04: (Mar/10/2011) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  December 31, 2013 14x365: (Dec/31/2013) As Himself 
  March 14, 2012 13x74: (Mar/14/2012) As Himself 
  November 2, 2011 12x306: (Nov/02/2011) As Himself 

The Wright Stuff (2000) 
  November 13, 2012 13x222: (Nov/13/2012) As Himself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  May 23, 2012 02x182: (May/23/2012) As Himself 

This Morning (1988) 
  May 4, 2012 24x167: (May/04/2012) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  February 29, 2012 06x157: (Feb/29/2012) As Himself 

The One Jasper Carrott (2012) 
  The One Jasper Carrott 01x01: (Jan/09/2012) As Detective David Briggs, [Special Guest Stars]

Lifeline (UK) (2014) 
  Make-A-Wish Foundation UK 08x01: (Jan/17/2010) As Himself 

The British Soap Awards (1999) 
  2009 Soap Awards 01x11: (May/13/2009) As Himself 

The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006) 
  Series 7, Show 51 07x51: (May/04/2009) As Himself 
  Series 2, Show 59 02x59: (Dec/14/2006) As Himself 

Dalziel and Pascoe (1996) 
  Heads You Lose (2) 09x02: (Jan/31/2005) As Barry Jemmerson 
  Heads You Lose (1) 09x01: (Jan/30/2005) As Barry Jemmerson 

Agatha Christie's Marple (2004) 
  The Murder At The Vicarage 01x02: (Dec/19/2004) As Dr. Haydock 

Countdown (1982) 
  Episode 2953 44x42: (Feb/21/2001) As Himself 
  Episode 2952 44x41: (Feb/20/2001) As Himself 
  Episode 2951 44x40: (Feb/19/2001) As Himself 
  Episode 2950 44x39: (Feb/16/2001) As Himself 

Pebble Mill (1991) 
  Series 1, Show 5 01x05: (Oct/18/1991) As Himself 

Breakfast Time (UK) (1983) 
  Episode 92 01x92: (May/24/1983) As Himself 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  The Hunchback of Notre Dame 31x02: (Feb/04/1982) As Phoebus 

Thriller (UK) (1973) 
  Death to Sister Mary 03x03: (Jun/15/1974) As Rook 
  Lady Killer 01x01: (Apr/14/1973) As Paul Tanner 

Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965) 
  Is Nellie Dead? 01x273: (Jan/24/1973) As Malcolm 
  Roses, Roses, All the Way 01x135: (Mar/13/1969) As Martin 

The Edwardians (1972) 
  Mr. Rolls and Mr. Royce 01x01: (Nov/21/1972) As Charles Stewart Rolls 

Masterpiece (1971) 
  Jude the Obscure: (6) Christminster Again 01x32: (Nov/07/1971) As Jude Fawley 
  Jude the Obscure: (5) To Aldbrickham 01x31: (Oct/31/1971) As Jude Fawley 
  Jude the Obscure: (4) To Shaston 01x30: (Oct/24/1971) As Jude Fawley 
  Jude the Obscure: (3) To Melchester 01x29: (Oct/17/1971) As Jude Fawley 

The Wednesday Play (1964) 
  The Hunting Of Lionel Crane 09x15: (Jan/21/1970) As Lionel Crane 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1966) 
  Accusation 01x05: (Apr/05/1966) As Citizen 
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