Michael Attwell

Last updated 09 January 2020

Michael Attwell (1943-2006)
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Michael John Attwell

Born: Saturday 16th January 1943
Died: Saturday 18th March 2006 (age: 63)


Michael Attwell  was an English actor who had two roles in Doctor Who, playing an Ice Warrior in the 1967 story The Ice Warriors and later appearing as Bates in the 1986 story Attack of the Cybermen.

He is possibly best known for his role as Kenny Beale in the television soap opera EastEnders.

In 1979 and 1980 he played Razor Eddie a.k.a. Edward Winston Malone in two series of the comedy-drama Turtle's Progress. The character had originally been created for the ITV drama serial The Hanged Man, where he was played by Gareth Hunt.

In 1985 he played Bill Sikes in the BBC's Sunday afternoon classic serial Oliver Twist.

His other TV credits include The First Churchills, Only Fools and Horses, Minder, Bergerac, Wycliffe, Inspector Morse, Bugs, Silent Witness, Pie in the Sky, Casualty, The Bill, Hotel Babylon, and Are You Being Served?.

e appeared in the 1987 film Buster, based on the life of the Great Train Robber Buster Edwards.

As well as acting, between 1981 and 1993 Attwell also had a considerable career as a political cartoonist for several British national newspapers including The Sun, Sunday People and the News of the World. A self-taught artist, Attwell signed himself as Zoke, an amalgam of the names of his children Zoe and Jake.

His life and work was honoured at the British Academy Television Awards in 2006.