Maurice Denham OBE

Last updated 09 January 2020

Maurice Denham OBE (1909-2002)
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William Maurice Denham

Born: Thursday 23rd December 1909
Died: Wednesday 24th July 2002 (age: 92)


Maurice Denham was an English character actor who appeared in over 100 television programmes and films throughout his long career.

He played Edgeworth in Colin Baker's first Doctor Who story, The Twin Dilemma.

Denham was born in Beckenham, Kent. He appeared in live television broadcasts as early as 1938, continuing to perform in that medium until 1997.

Denham initially made his name in radio comedy series such as ITMA and Much Binding in the Marsh, and later provided all the voices for the animated version of Animal Farm (1954). He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Blore in 1954's The Purple Plain. Other film credits include 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956), Night of the Demon (1957), Two-Way Stretch (1960), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), H.M.S. Defiant (1962), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), The Day of the Jackal (1973), Minder on the Orient Express (1985) and 84 Charing Cross Road (1987).

Among his television appearances were as the father in Talking to a Stranger (1966), The Lotus Eaters (1972-3), All Passion Spent with Dame Wendy Hiller (1986), Behaving Badly (1989), Inspector Morse(1991) and the Sherlock Holmes story The Last Vampyre (1993).

He appeared in the Doctor Who radio serial The Paradise of Death in 1993 alongside Jon Pertwee and played The Honourable Mr Justice Stephen Rawley in several episodes of the BBC prison comedy Porridge.