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Gawn Grainger

Last updated 09 January 2020

Gawn Grainger
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Gawn Grainger

Born: Tuesday 12th October 1937 (age: 83)


Gawn Grainger  is a British stage and screen actor, and husband of actress Zoë Wanamaker.

He is the son of Charles Neil Grainger and his wife Elizabeth (née Gall). Educated at Westminster City school in Victoria, London, he later trained for the stage at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Grainger made his first London appearance as a boy in 1950, when he played the Boy King in Ivor Novello's King's Rhapsody at the Palace Theatre.

He began his professional career at the Dundee Rep in 1961, followed by two years at Ipswich, 1962-64. He joined Laurence Olivier's National Theatre at the Old Vic company in 1972.

Among his notable television credits are the Apostle Andrew in Son of Man (play) by Dennis Potter (1969) and George Stephenson in the Doctor Who serial The Mark of the Rani (1985). American fans of game shows may remember Gawn Grainger as an occasional panelist on the syndicated, New York-based What's My Line? series in 1968.

Grainger authored the following plays: Four to One (1976), Vamp Till Ready (1978), Lies in Plastic Smiles (1979) and Paradise Lost (1980).