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Edwardian Woodward

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You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. A brilliant performance in the film The Wicker Man (1973) and in a few others led to international stardom as court-martialed Lt.

He took the title role as a court-martialled lieutenant in the Boer war film Breaker Morant (1980), directed by Bruce Beresford, and starred in the 1982 SAS thriller Who Dares Wins, a big UK hit. Served up best in crime, historical and political intrigue, he has been completely at home playing no-nonsense authoritarians and brooding loner types. 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. Other London stage credits included Robin Hood in Babes in the Wood (Palladium, 1972); George Szabo, the monocled lover of Judi Dench, in Molnar's The Wolf (Oxford Playhouse, Queen's and New London, 1974); and the Duke of Bristol in Lonsdale's On Approval (Haymarket, 1975). Set in Manhattan, the series was particularly popular in the United States: he won a Golden Globe award for best actor in a dramatic television series in 1987, and was nominated five times for an Emmy.Edward Woodward would continue the theme of spycraft in the shadows in his 1980s show “The Equalizer” where he dispensed vigilante justice. It is very important to note, that all the pieces Roof + Roof sell are genuine pieces of age, each having a rich and varied past and are never sold as in new condition. In this role Woodward demonstrated his ability to express controlled rage which occasionally explodes, and his stoic demeanour has seen him cast in similar roles since. 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. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Woodward began his career on stage, and throughout his career he appeared in productions in both the West End in London and on Broadway in New York.

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 first marriage was to actress Venetia Barrett (born Venetia Mary Collett, 1928–2016) from 1952 to 1986.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.

In 1980 Woodward co-directed and played in a tour of The Beggar's Opera (Birmingham Rep, 1979), and at the Ludlow Festival he won wide praise as Richard III – The Daily Telegraph's critic hailing his "emotional complexities and psychological depths".

Following a leading stage performance in "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1971), Woodward landed his most notorious feature role, playing a God-fearing detective sent to a remote Scottish island populated by a pagan society in "The Wicker Man" (1973). Photograph: Allstar/Sportsphoto Edward Woodward, left, as the uptight police officer Howie with Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man, 1973. He made occasional appearances until taking the role of Police Sergeant Neil Howie in the thriller The Wicker Man in 1973.

After good reviews for his role as Owen Tudor in Rosemary Anne Sisson's The Queen and the Welshman (Edinburgh Festival and Lyric Hammersmith, 1957), and stints in the musical Salad Days and in West End revue, Woodward joined the Memorial Theatre Company at Stratford-on-Avon, for which his roles included Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Laertes to Michael Redgrave's Hamlet, and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. He dressed immaculately, drove a Jaguar and carried a gun; unusually in this genre, the hero was on the wrong side of 50 years old.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. At the end of the decade, he delivered one of his finest performances in "Breaker Morant" (1980), which made him an international star.

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