David Neal

Last updated 09 January 2020

David Neal (1932-2000)
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David Neal

Born: Saturday 13th February 1932
Died: Tuesday 27th June 2000 (age: 68)


David Neal was a popular British television actor, active in the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s. He is chiefly remembered for a prolific range of supporting roles in major productions.

Although very rarely cast in a lead role, David Neal had significant supporting roles in episodes of a great range of highly popular British television series, including Softly, SoftlyZ-CarsDoctor WhoInspector MorsePoirotThe Bill, and Wycliffe

David Neal worked in a broad range of roles during his career. In 1970 he took a major supporting role (Cinna) in the all-star feature film of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (which starred Charlton Heston,Christopher LeeRichard ChamberlainDiana Rigg, and Sir John Gielgud). A few years later (in 1979) he secured another significant supporting role as Richard le ScropeArchbishop of York in both Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 in the BBC's major 'complete works of Shakespeare' series of television films.

Although not remembered for lead roles, an exception is the 1970s' children's television production The Flockton Flyer, written by Peter Whitbread, in which David Neal starred as the principal character, Bob Carter. The programme ran to two series, with an associated paperback novel.

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