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Victor Winding

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Victor Winding

Born: Wed 30th January 1929
Died: 2014 (age: 85)

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Victor Winding is a British actor born in Lambeth, London.

Winding was educated at Westminster Technical Institute and initially trained as a draughtsman but acted in amateur dramatics and taught drama at night school. In 1958, aged 29, he joined Farnham Repertory Theatre. The Castle Theatre was opened in 1941, and operated as a weekly repertory theatre. The English Classical Players' European tour was cut short by the outbreak of war and the actors decided to make their base in Farnham. Three years later in 1961 he worked with the Old Vic in London. His first TV acting role was in Emergency Ward 10 in 1957 playing the part of Dr Fairfax.

At the age of 34 in 1963 Winding acted in James Saunders' play called "Next Time I'll Sing To You," at the Criterion Theatre in London, England with actor Barry FosterLiz Fraser, Peter McEnery, and Denys Graham in the cast.

His West End theatre performances included 'Poor Bitos' by Jean Anouilh translated by Lucienne Hill at the Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, London in 1964 and also The Merchant of Venice.

He appeared in The Faceless Ones, a Doctor Who serial broadcast from April to May 1967 starring Patrick Troughton in which he played the character called 'Spencer' an airline pilot at Gatwick Airport where his identity was taken over by a chameleon.

Films included 'The System', 'The Medusa Touch' (1978) - in which he played a senior police officer and 'The Sailor's Return' (1978) - he played the ship's captain.

He made numerous TV appearances notably in the series The Flaxton Boys (both in the series set in 1928 and also 1945) in which he played the character Barnaby Sweet (broadcast 1970), later also as Benjamin Sweet (broadcast 1971-1973). He also appeared in The SaintYes, Prime Minister (he played the policeman in the edition called 'The Key' broadcast in January 1986).

Other TV included Crossroads (he played the character Victor Lee in several editions from 1978 to 1979), Warship, Bognor, Little and LargeJemina Shore Investigates (1983), Angels (1983) playing the character Colin Simmonds,Shelley (playing the sergeant in the episode called 'Owed to the Electrician' in 1984), Menace Unseen (1988), The Bill (1989) and Telly Addicts.

In 1992 he played the part of Kenneth Pigot in the TV series Crime Story.

Winding is married to Rosalind Allen and they have three daughters, Celia, Kay and Jane and a son Julian. His hobbies include music, sport, travel and gardening. More recently he has retired to live in Spain.