Stephen Thorne

Last updated 09 January 2020

Stephen Thorne (1935-2019)
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Stephen John Thorne

Born: Saturday 2nd March 1935
Died: Sunday 26th May 2019 (age: 84)


Stephen Thorne was a British actor of radio, film, stage and television.

He trained at the RADA (where he also met his future wife Barbara Sykes) and after a time in weekly rep. he played several seasons with the Old Vic Company and the RSC in Stratford and London including a tour to Russia. He has worked extensively in radio with over 2000 broadcasts for the BBC including Uncle Mort in theRadio 4 comedy series by Peter Tinniswood. His television credits include Z CarsCrossroads and Doctor Who

In Doctor Who he has played three major villains (Omega, Azal and Eldrad), as well as an Ogron. On radio he appeared in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings playing the voice of Treebeard, and also in their adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! in which he portrayed Fred Colon (and also Death). He is also renowned for audio book narration.

Other television work included Death of an Expert WitnessDavid Copperfield and Last of the Summer Wine. His was the voice of Aslan in the animated version of The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe IMDB. (Thorne reprised the character on the BBC radio adaptation of the same name.) He has given many poetry readings on radio, television and tape and in venues from Westminster Abbey to various pubs.

He recorded over 300 un-abridged audiobooks which have earned critical acclaim in both the UK and the USA. Awards include a Talkies Award 1996 for Enigma by Robert Harris and several Golden Earphones Awards from Audiofile Magazine

He is survived by his wife Barbara and their two sons, Simon and Crispian.

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