Maurice Colbourne

Last updated 09 January 2020

Maurice Colbourne (1939-1989)
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Roger Middleton

Born: Sunday 24th September 1939
Died: Friday 4th August 1989 (age: 49)


Maurice Colbourne was a British stage and television actor best know in Doctor Who for playing Lytton in two stories in the 1980's, Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) and Attack of the Cybermen (1985)

He is probably best remembered as Tom Howard, in the BBC Television serial, Howards' Way, which he played from 1985�89 

Colbourne was born in Sheffield at the outbreak of World War II, and studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He took his stage name from that of an earlier film actor called Maurice Colbourne, who shared the same birthday. 

He first became well known when he played the lead in a BBC drama series, Gangsters, from 1975�78, and afterwards appeared regularly on screen.

He also appeared in the television miniseries adaptation of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids (1981), as the character Jack Coker. He also played Charles Marston, the love interest of Lady Fogarty in Series 7th series of the "Onedin Line" screened between 22 July - 23 September 1979.

In 1972 he co-founded, together with Mike Irving and Guy Sprung, the Half Moon Theatre near Aldgate, east London. This was a successful, radical theatre company, performing initially in an 80-seat disused synagogue in Half Moon Passage, E1. In 1985 the company moved to a converted chapel in Mile End Road, near Stepney Green.

He died suddenly aged 49 of a heart attack while renovating a holiday home in Dinan, Brittany, France.