John Woodvine

Last updated 09 January 2020

John Woodvine
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John Woodvine

Born: Sunday 21st July 1929 (age: 94)


John Woodvine is an English stage and screen actor who has appeared in more than 70 theatre productions, as well as a similar number of television and film roles.

He played the Marshal in the 1979 Doctor Who story The Armageddon Factor

Woodvine also had a long career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, having appeared in 1976 opposite Ian McKellen and Judi Dench as Banquo in the acclaimed Trevor Nunn production of Macbeth, which was later recorded for television. He also appeared in the RSC's 1980 landmark production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, starring as the story's primary antagonist, Ralph Nickleby.

Woodvine frequently played police officers from early in his career, including in the British drama series Z Cars in the 1960s and Softly, Softly in the 1970s. 

Woodvine played Macduff in the 20 September 1970 Play of the Month television broadcast of Macbeth and Chief Superintendent Ross in Edge of Darkness, and appeared in several episodes of the 1985 television adaptation of The Tripods

His film roles include the 1981 John Landis film An American Werewolf in London.  He also appeared in the Oscar-nominated 1972 Richard Attenborough film Young Winston