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Hardy, Robert (I) Biography




biography of Hardy, Robert (I)

Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy
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29 October 1925, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
5' 9"
One of England's most enduringly successful character actors, Robert Hardy is noted for his versatility and depth. Born in Cheltenham in 1925, he studied at Oxford University and, in 1949, he joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. Television viewers most fondly remember him as the overbearing Siegfried Farnon in _"All Creatures Great and Small" (1978)_ (qv) but his most critically acclaimed performance was as the title character of _"Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years" (1981)_ (qv). His portrayal of Britain's wartime leader was so accurately observed that, in the following years, he was called on to reprise the role in such productions as _The Woman He Loved (1988) (TV)_ (qv) and _"War and Remembrance" (1988)_ (qv). Unlike some British character actors, Hardy has never been recognized by Hollywood and his work in films has therefore been restricted to appearances in predominantly British-based productions such as _The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)_ (qv), _Frankenstein (1994)_ (qv) and _Sense and Sensibility (1995)_ (qv). He has been awarded the CBE for services to acting.
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-   'Sally Pearson (I)' (qv) (1961 - 1986) (divorced); 2 children

-   'Elizabeth Fox' (1952 - 1956) (divorced); 1 child


-   His ex-wife, 'Sally Pearson (I)' (qv), is 'Gladys Cooper (I)' (qv)'s daughter.

-   He became an expert on the longbow when he played Henry V at Stratford. He became a longbow/weapons consultant for the Mary Rose Trust when that 16th c. warship was recovered at Portsmouth, England, UK

-   Was a good friend of actor 'Richard Burton (I)' (qv).

-   He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

-   Spoke at the funeral of 'James Herriot' (qv). Herriot was the pseudonym of Alf Wight (due to legal requirements of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) and Hardy and Wight became close friends over the years of the _"All Creatures Great and Small" (1978)_ (qv) series, adapted from Wight's books.

-   He is one of the patrons of the Wensleydale Railway, a group that has been set up to re-open the mainly derelict line between Northallerton and Garsdale in Yorkshire, because of his connection with the area from when he played Siegfried Farnon in _"All Creatures Great and Small" (1978)_ (qv).

-   Has played British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in five separate films (_"Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years" (1981)_ (qv), _The Woman He Loved (1988) (TV)_ (qv), _"War and Remembrance" (1988)_ (qv), "Bomber Harris" (1989) (TV), _Agatha Christie Marple: The Sittaford Mystery (2006) (TV)_ (qv)) as well as the fictitious Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter series. He has also twice played Winston Churchill's World War II ally and friend, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-   Father of three children: Son, Paul Hardy, from his first marriage, daughters 'Emma Hardy (I)' (qv) (actress and photographer) and 'Justine Hardy' (qv) (journalist and author) from his second marriage. Grandfather of four.

-   One of two actors to play 'Winston Churchill (I)' (qv) in several movies. The second was 'Timothy Spall' (qv), who played the role in _Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)_ (qv) and _The King's Speech (2010)_ (qv). The latter concerned itself with King George VI's speech problems, and with the scandal involving his brother Edwards VIII's relationship with a married American woman. Hardy has been in two films about this period: _The Woman He Loved (1988) (TV)_ (qv) and _Bertie and Elizabeth (2002) (TV)_ (qv), playing Franlin Roosevelt in the latter. He and Spall both appeared in _Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)_ (qv) and _Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)_ (qv).

-   Hardy has revealed he was written out of the Harry Potter films because he became too expensive to insure due to his age.


-   Book: "Longbow: a Social and Military History".

-   Book: "The Great Warbow: From Hastings to the Mary Rose" (2005)

-   His theatre credits include: Scroop, Archbishop of York in "King Henry IV Part II" by 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv) (1951, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, director 'Michael Redgrave' (qv)); William Longspee, Earl of Salisbury in "King John" by 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv) , directed by 'Michael Benthall' (qv) (Old Vic Theatre, London, 1953)

-   Audi Book: 'Jonathan Swift (I)' (qv)'s "Gulliver's Travels".

-   (1982) He acted in 'Jerome Kilty' (qv)'s play, "Dear Liar", at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England with 'Siân Phillips' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1955) He acted in 'Thornton Wilder' (qv)'s play, "A Life in the Sun", at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland with 'Irene Worth' (qv), 'Peter Bayliss (I)' (qv), 'Michael Bates (I)' (qv), 'Robert Speaight' (qv), 'Michael David (I)' (qv), 'John Kidd (I)' (qv), 'Geoffrey Dunn (I)' (qv) and 'Rupert Davies (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Tyrone Guthrie' (qv) was the director.

-   (1956) He acted in 'Herman Wouk' (qv)'s play, "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial", at the London Hippodrome Theatre in London, England with 'Lloyd Nolan' (qv), 'David Knight (I)' (qv), 'Nigel Stock (I)' (qv), 'Esmond Knight' (qv) and 'Alec McCowen' (qv) in the cast. 'Lloyd Nolan' (qv) was also the director.

-   (1957) He played "Byron" in 'Tennessee Williams' (qv)' play, "Camino Real", at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with James Wood (played "Don Quixote"), 'Ronald Barker' (qv) (played "Sancho Panza"), 'Hazel Hughes (I)' (qv) (played "Prudence"), 'Harry Andrews' (qv) (played "Casanova"), 'Eileen Way' (qv), 'Freda Jackson' (qv), 'James Bree' (qv), 'Denholm Elliott' (qv), 'Gordon Gostelow' (qv), 'Elizabeth Seal' (qv) (played "Esmeralda"), 'Lally Bowers' (qv) and 'Diana Wynyard' (qv) (played "Marguerite Gautier") in the cast. 'Peter Hall (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1954-1955) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s plays, "Henry IV, Part I" and "Henry IV, Part II", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Paul Rogers (I)' (qv), 'John Neville (I)' (qv), 'Eric Porter (I)' (qv) and 'Ann Todd' (qv) in the cast. 'Douglas Seale' (qv) was the director.

-   (1954-1955) He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Paul Rogers (I)' (qv), 'Ann Todd' (qv), 'John Neville (I)' (qv), 'Eric Porter (I)' (qv), 'Virginia McKenna' (qv) and 'John Wood (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Michael Benthall' (qv) was the director.

-   (1953-1954) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "The Tempest", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Michael Hordern' (qv), 'Richard Burton (I)' (qv), 'Claire Bloom (I)' (qv) and 'John Neville (I)' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1953-1954) He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Richard Burton (I)' (qv), 'Claire Bloom (I)' (qv), 'John Neville (I)' (qv), 'Michael Hordern' (qv), 'Fay Compton' (qv) and 'Paul Daneman' (qv) in the cast. 'Michael Benthall' (qv) was the director.

-   (August 18, 1959) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "King Lear", at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with 'Charles Laughton' (qv), 'Albert Finney' (qv) (as "Edgar"), 'Ian Holm' (qv) (as "Fool"), 'Anthony Nicholls (I)' (qv), 'Peter Woodthorpe' (qv), 'Cyril Luckham' (qv), 'Stephanie Bidmead' (qv), 'Angela Baddeley' (qv), 'Zoe Caldwell (I)' (qv), 'Julian Glover' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv) and 'Diana Rigg' (qv) in the cast. 'Glen Byam Shaw' (qv) was the director.

-   (July 7, 1959) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Coriolanus", at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), 'Edith Evans (I)' (qv), 'Mary Ure' (qv), 'Vanessa Redgrave' (qv), 'Albert Finney' (qv), 'Harry Andrews' (qv), 'Ian Holm' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv), 'Peter Woodthorpe' (qv), 'Julian Glover' (qv) and 'Diana Rigg' (qv) in the cast. 'Peter Hall (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (June 2, 1959) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream", at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with 'Charles Laughton' (qv), 'Mary Ure' (qv), 'Albert Finney' (qv), 'Ian Holm' (qv), 'Vanessa Redgrave' (qv) and 'Diana Rigg' (qv) in the cast. 'Peter Hall (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (April 21, 1959) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "All's Well That Ends Well", at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with 'Edith Evans (I)' (qv), 'Edward de Souza' (qv), 'Zoe Caldwell (I)' (qv), 'Vanessa Redgrave' (qv) and 'Diana Rigg' (qv) in the cast. 'Tyrone Guthrie' (qv) was the director.

-   (1959) He acted in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with 'Paul Robeson' (qv), 'Charles Laughton' (qv), 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), 'Edith Evans (I)' (qv), 'Sam Wanamaker' (qv), 'Harry Andrews' (qv), 'Albert Finney' (qv), 'Mary Ure' (qv), 'Ian Holm' (qv), 'Edward de Souza' (qv), 'Vanessa Redgrave' (qv), 'Angela Baddeley' (qv) and 'Diana Rigg' (qv) in the cast. 'Glen Byam Shaw' (qv) was the director.

-   (1950) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Julius Caesar", in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'John Gielgud' (qv) (as "Cassius"), 'Anthony Quayle' (qv), 'Harry Andrews' (qv), 'Barbara Jefford' (qv), 'Andrew Cruickshank' (qv), 'Alan Badel' (qv), 'Gwen Ffrangcon Davies' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv) and 'Robert Shaw (I)' (qv) (as "Messenger") in the cast. 'Anthony Quayle' (qv) and 'Michael Langham' (qv) were the directors.

-   (1950) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Measure for Measure", in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'John Gielgud' (qv), 'Harry Andrews' (qv), 'Barbara Jefford' (qv), 'Alan Badel' (qv), 'Leon Quartermaine' (qv), 'Robert Shaw (I)' (qv), 'George Rose (I)' (qv), 'Michael Gwynn (I)' (qv), 'Michael Bates (I)' (qv), 'Maxine Audley' (qv) and 'Paul Hardwick' (qv) in the cast. 'Peter Brook (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1949) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Macbeth", in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with 'Godfrey Tearle' (qv), 'Diana Wynyard' (qv), 'Leon Quartermaine' (qv), 'Harry Andrews' (qv), 'William Squire' (qv), 'Michael Bates (I)' (qv), 'Clement McCallin' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv) (as "Sergeant/Siward"), 'George Rose (I)' (qv), 'Michael Gwynn (I)' (qv), 'Robert Shaw (I)' (qv) (as "Angus"), 'Edmund Purdom' (qv), 'Jill Bennett (I)' (qv) (as "Fleance/2nd Apparition"), 'John Slater (I)' (qv), Robert Hardy, 'Margaret Courtenay' (qv), 'Wynne Clark' (qv) and 'Timothy Bateson' (qv) in the cast. 'Anthony Quayle' (qv) was the director.

-   (1949) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream", in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with 'Harry Andrews' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv), 'Diana Wynyard' (qv), 'Clement McCallin' (qv), 'John Slater (I)' (qv), 'Michael Gwynn (I)' (qv), 'Michael Bates (I)' (qv), 'George Rose (I)' (qv), 'William Squire' (qv), 'Margaret Courtenay' (qv), Robert Hardy and 'Robert Shaw (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Michael Benthall' (qv) was the director.

-   (1949) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Othello", in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with 'Godfrey Tearle' (qv), 'John Slater (I)' (qv), 'Diana Wynyard' (qv), 'George Rose (I)' (qv), 'Clement McCallin' (qv), 'Michael Gwynn (I)' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv), 'Jill Bennett (I)' (qv), 'Michael Bates (I)' (qv), 'Edmund Purdom' (qv) and 'Robert Shaw (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Godfrey Tearle' (qv) was the director.

-   (1949) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Much Ado About Nothing", in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with 'Anthony Quayle' (qv), 'Diana Wynyard' (qv), 'Harry Andrews' (qv), 'Leon Quartermaine' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv), 'George Rose (I)' (qv), 'William Squire' (qv), 'Penelope Munday' (qv), 'Jill Bennett (I)' (qv), 'Margaret Courtenay' (qv), 'Michael Bates (I)' (qv), 'Timothy Bateson' (qv), 'Edmund Purdom' (qv) and 'Robert Shaw (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'John Gielgud' (qv) was the director. 'Mariano Andreu' (qv) was the designer.

-   (March 24, 1951) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Richard II", in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'Michael Redgrave' (qv), 'Hugh Griffith (I)' (qv) and 'Harry Andrews' (qv) in the cast. 'Anthony Quayle' (qv) was the director.

-   (1950) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "King Henry VIII", in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'Anthony Quayle' (qv), 'Andrew Cruickshank' , 'Gwen Ffrangcon Davies' (qv), 'Robert Shaw (I)' (qv), 'Alan Badel' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv), 'Michael Bates (I)' (qv), 'Barbara Jefford' (qv), 'George Rose (I)' (qv) and 'Maxine Audley' (qv) in the cast. 'Tyrone Guthrie' (qv) was the director.

-   (1950) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Much Ado About Nothing", in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'Anthony Eustrel' (qv), 'Gwen Ffrangcon Davies' (qv), 'Barbara Jefford' (qv), 'Leon Quartermaine' (qv), 'Alan Badel' (qv), 'Andrew Cruickshank' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv), 'Robert Shaw (I)' (qv), 'George Rose (I)' (qv) and 'Maxine Audley' (qv) in the cast. 'John Gielgud' (qv) was the director. 'Mariano Andreu' (qv) was the designer.

-   (1950) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Much Ado About Nothing", in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'John Gielgud' (qv), 'Peggy Ashcroft' (qv), 'Barbara Jefford' (qv), 'Leon Quartermaine' (qv), 'Alan Badel' (qv), 'Andrew Cruickshank' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv), 'Robert Shaw (I)' (qv), 'George Rose (I)' (qv) and 'Maxine Audley' (qv) in the cast. 'John Gielgud' (qv) was the director. 'Mariano Andreu' (qv) was the designer.

-   (1973) He acted in his play, "Habeas Corpus", at the Lyric Theatre in London, England with 'Alan Bennett (I)' (qv), 'Margaret Courtenay' (qv), 'Andrew Sachs (II)' (qv) and 'Joan Sanderson' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1973) He acted in 'Alan Bennett (I)' (qv)'s play, "Habeas Corpus", at the Lyric Theatre in London, England with 'Alan Bennett (I)' (qv), 'Margaret Courtenay' (qv), 'Andrew Sachs (II)' (qv) and 'Joan Sanderson' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1952) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Much Ado About Nothing", at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with 'John Gielgud' (qv), 'Diana Wynyard' (qv), 'Paul Scofield (I)' (qv), 'Dorothy Tutin' (qv), 'Lewis Casson' (qv), 'Brewster Mason' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv), 'George Rose (I)' (qv), 'John Moffatt (I)' (qv) and 'John Whiting (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'John Gielgud' (qv) was also the director.

-   (1952) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Much Ado About Nothing", in a Shakespeare Memorial Theatre production at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with 'John Gielgud' (qv), 'Diana Wynyard' (qv), 'Paul Scofield (I)' (qv) (played "Don Pedro"), 'Dorothy Tutin' (qv), 'Lewis Casson' (qv), 'Brewster Mason' (qv), 'Paul Hardwick' (qv), 'George Rose (I)' (qv), 'John Moffatt (I)' (qv) (played "Verges") and 'John Whiting (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'John Gielgud' (qv) was also the director.

-   (1961) He acted in 'Jean Anouilh (I)' (qv)'s play, "The Rehearsal", at the Globe Theatre in London, England with 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv), 'Phyllis Calvert' (qv), 'Diana Churchill (I)' (qv) and 'Alan Badel' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1982) He acted in 'Jerome Kilty' (qv)'s play, "Dear Liar", at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England with 'Siân Phillips' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1960) He played Duncan in a Caedmon Audio presentation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", with Anthony Quayle, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Anthony Nicholls, Jack Gwillim, Rachel Roberts, Rosalind Atkinson, Jill Balcon, Dyson Lovell, Ian Holm, and Alec McCowen in the cast.


-   Playing villains is half the fun, and you may not be an absolute villain yourself, but finding something in the villain, the horrid creature, that you enjoy.

-   I was kicked out in the end because I was just too expensive. It was great fun while it lasted, the boys and girls were all absolutely splendid. I had a ball fooling around with old friends like 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv). Thanks to those films I get the most extraordinary amount of fan mail from all over the world, even China. (On his role as Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter)


-   "Radio Times" (UK), 27 April 1963

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 7 July 1962

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