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Michael Kitchen

Mostly Credited As: Michael Kitchen
Birth Name: Michael Kitchen
Date Of Birth: October 31, 1948 (Age 66)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Michael Kitchen


Since performing in a play at the City of Leicester Boys School, Michael Kitchen has done practically all there is for an actor to do: motion pictures, TV films, TV miniseries, stage plays, radio plays, and audio cassettes. International film audiences probably know him best as Chief of Staff Bill Tanner in the Pierce Brosnan James Bond productions, although he has played major roles in other high-profile movies, such as Out of Africa (1985) and Mrs. Dalloway (1997). He is also well known to worldwide TV audiences for major roles in popular miniseries, including The Brontes of Haworth (1973), A Fall of Eagles (1974), Freud (1984), and Oliver Twist (1999). 2000 was a remarkable year for Kitchen -- incredibly, he completed the following productions during that year: Proof of Life, a major film in which he shared the screen with Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan; Lorna Doone, a three-hour TV miniseries; Always and Everyone, an eight-hour TV series resembling America's ER; The Secret World of Michael Fry, a TV miniseries; The Railway Children, a TV film shown in the U.K. and in the U.S. on Masterpiece Theatre; New Year's Day, a major motion picture; and Second Sight: Parasomnia, another TV film. For an encore in 2001, he played the title role in Foyle's War, an eight-hour TV series about a World War II-era detective, then played Foyle again in another eight-hour series in 2002. He also signed on for another James Bond film, his third. Between 1971 -- when he appeared in the film Unman, Wittering and Zigo -- and the present, Kitchen has never wanted for work. The reason, quite simply, is that he is one of Britain's finest and most versatile actors. He has walked across the stages of the most prestigious playhouses in England, performing the works of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and other important playwrights. In motion pictures, he has also acted parts in productions based on the works of Franz Kafka (The Trial, 1993), Robert Louis Stevenson (Kidnapped, 1995), John Le Carre (The Russia House, 1990), and Nevil Shute (Crossing to Freedom, 1990).

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Brian Pern: A Life In Rock (2014)As: TBA
Hacks (2012)As: Stanhope Feast
Faking It (US) (2003)As: Narrator (2003)
Foyle's War (2002)As: Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle
Faking It (2000)As: Narrator
Oliver Twist (1999) (1999)As: Mr Brownlow
Reckless (1997)As: Richard Crane
Sunnyside Farm (1997)As: Ezekial Letchworth
The Buccaneers (UK) (1995)As: Sir Helmsley Thwaite
Dandelion Dead (1994)As: Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong
Episode Cast Credits 

White Heat (2012) 
  The Sea of Trees 01x06: (Apr/12/2012) As Jack (Present Day) 

Masterpiece (1971) 
  Foyle's War, V: (3) All Clear 38x21: (Jul/27/2008) As Christopher Foyle 
  Foyle's War, V: (2) Broken Souls 38x20: (Jul/20/2008) As Christopher Foyle 
  Foyle's War, V: (1) Plan of Attack 38x19: (Jul/13/2008) As Christopher Foyle 
  To Play the King (4) 23x14: (Feb/06/1994) As The King 

Second Sight (2000) 
  Parasomnia (2) 01x06: (Jan/30/2001) As Lord Bruce Roddam 
  Parasomnia (1) 01x05: (Jan/29/2001) As Lord Bruce Roddam 

Dalziel and Pascoe (1996) 
  Bones and Silence (1) 03x03: (Oct/18/1998) As Philip Swain 

A Touch of Frost (1992) 
  The Things We Do for Love 04x04: (Jan/28/1996) As Jonathan Meyerbridge 

Pie in the Sky (1994) 
  Money Talks 03x01: (Dec/31/1995) As Dudley Hooperman 
  The Best of Both Worlds 01x01: (Mar/13/1994) As Dudley Hooperman 

Between The Lines (1992) 
  The Fifth Estate 02x07: (Nov/16/1993) As Roger Boshier 

Inspector Morse (1987) 
  The Death of the Self 06x03: (Mar/25/1992) As Russell Clarke 

Lovejoy (1986) 
  Kids 03x10: (Mar/15/1992) As David Herbert 

Minder (1979) 
  Fiddler on the Hoof 07x05: (Jan/30/1989) As Maltese Tony, [Starring Roles]

BBC Television Shakespeare (1978) 
  The Comedy of Errors 06x02: (Dec/24/1983) As Antipholi Twins 
  King Lear 05x01: (Sep/19/1982) As Edmund 

Tales of the Unexpected (1979) 
  The Best of Everything 04x04: (Apr/26/1981) As Arthur 

Lady Killers (1980) 
  Not for the Nervous 01x02: (Jul/27/1980) As Rev. Father McEnery 

The Professionals (1977) 
  Runner 03x07: (Dec/08/1979) As Duffy 

Beasts (1976) 
  What Big Eyes 01x05: (Nov/13/1976) As Bob Curry 

Thriller (UK) (1973) 
  Sleepwalker 06x01: (Apr/10/1976) As Ian 
  Once the Killing Starts 02x02: (Feb/02/1974) As George Newton 

Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (1974) 
  The Monkey's Paw 01x11: (Sep/14/1974) As Herbert White 

Fall of Eagles (1974) 
  Absolute Beginners 01x06: (May/03/1974) As Leon Trotsky 

Crime of Passion (1970) 
  Chantal 04x06: (Oct/15/1973) As Philippe 

Play for Today (1970) 
  Hell's Angel 01x13: (Jan/21/1971) As Dick Foster 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


Foyle's War (2002)• Consulting Producer

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Trivia

Michael is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Michael is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 1986, Michael in the RSC production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as Mercutio.

In 1987, Michael appeared in the RSC adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard II in the role of Bolingbroke.

Michael used to date actress Joanna Lumley.

Michael has one sibling, a brother, named Jeffrey.

Michael is a former Church of the Martyrs cub scout.

Michael has two sons.

Michael has been romantically involved with actress Rowena Miller for many years.

Prior to leaving RADA in 1969 Michael won the "Emile Littler Award" for 'outstanding talent and aptitude for the professional theatre.'

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