Francis Bernard Heptonstall|
19 October 1925
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Nancie Jackson (actress)|
Hillary Joyce Liddell
Francis Bernard Heptonstall (born 19 October 1925), professionally known as Bernard Hepton is a British actor and director of stage, film and television.
Biography and career
Hepton was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. He trained at Bradford Civic Theatre school under Esme Church along with actors such as Sir Robert Stephens. He has extensive stage experience as an actor, under Sir Barry Jackson in addition to a spell as Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep and Liverpool Playhouse.
On television, he played Caiaphas in the 1969 Dennis Potter play Son of Man, Toby Esterhase in the BBC Television adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People, and George Smiley in the radio adaptations. He also played the Kommandant in Colditz (1972–74), and later appeared for the same production team as Albert Foiret in three seasons of Secret Army (1977–79) as well as appearing as Pallas in I Claudius. Before that he made a guest appearance in an episode of the first series of Catweazle in 1970 where he played a naturalist. Other notable performances included Thomas Cranmer in both The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970) and Elizabeth R (1971).
He played Sam Toovey in the 1989 television adaptation of Susan Hill's ghost story The Woman in Black. Before that he had played Inspector Goole in a 1982 adaptation of J. B. Priestley's play An Inspector Calls) and Sir Thomas Bertram in Mansfield Park (1983).
On radio Hepton played the role of Albert, in Stranger in the Home by Alan Dapre, also the role of The Old Man in the Corner, the Baroness Orczy amateur, and mostly sedentary, sleuth in the BBC dramatisations called The Teahouse Detective (1998–2000).
His appearances in feature film have been less frequent. He made a brief appearance as Thorpey, a gangster in the classic British film Get Carter (1971), and another small role, as Milton Goldsmith, in Voyage of the Damned (1976).
Bernard Hepton was married to actress Nancie Jackson who died in 1977. He married Hilary Joyce Liddell in 1979.
- A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949) as Cyclist (uncredited)
- Richard III (1955) as Soldier (uncredited)
- Get Carter (1971) as Thorpe
- Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) as Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
- Barry Lyndon (1975) as Diner at Feast for Lord Wendover
- Voyage of the Damned (1976) as Milton Goldsmith
- The Plague Dogs (1982) as Stephen Powell (voice)
- Gandhi (1982) as G.O.C, British army in India
- The Holcroft Covenant (1985) as Commander Leighton
- Shadey (1985) as Captain Amies
- Stealing Heaven (1988) as Bishop
- Eminent Domain (1990) as Slovak
- The Baroness and the Pig (2002) as Soames
- A Man for All Seasons (1957) as Sir Thomas More
- The Life of Henry V (1957) as Chorus
- Compact (1964) - director, two episodes
- Swizzlewick (1964) - producer, 20 episodes
- Thursday Theatre (1965) - producer, two episodes
- United! (1965-1966) - producer, 28 episodes
- Play of the Month: The Devil's Eggshell (1966) as Lord Portmanteau
- Great Expectations (1967) as Wemmick
- The Spanish Farm (1968) as Captain Dormer
- Out of the Unknown: The Fosters (1969) as Harry Gerwyn
- The Wednesday Play: Son of Man (1969) as Caiaphas
- The Elusive Pimpernel (1969) as Chauvelin
- W. Somerset Maugham: Lord Mountdrago (1969) as Dr Audlin
- The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970) as Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in four episodes
- Elizabeth R (1971) as Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
- Omnibus: Paradise Restored (1971) as Oliver Cromwell
- The Organisation (1972) as Rodney Spurling
- Follow the Yellow Brick Road (1972) as Colin Sands
- Colditz (1972-1974) as Kommandant
- Play of the Month: The Adventures of Don Quixote (1973) as Village Priest
- A Pin to See the Peepshow (1973) as Herbert Starling
- Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973) as Webster
- The Squirrels (1974) as Mr Fletcher
- Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975) as Norman Potter
- Orde Wingate (1976) as Palmer
- I, Claudius (1976) as Pallas
- Secret Army (1977-1979) as Albert Foiret
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) as Toby Esterhase
- Blood Money (1981) as Det Chief Supt Meadows
- Kessler (1981) as Albert Foiret
- An Inspector Calls (1982) as Inspector Goole
- Smiley's People (1982) as Toby Esterhase
- Mansfield Park (1983) as Sir Thomas Bertram
- Dear Box Number (1983) as Walter Cartwright
- A Profile of Arthur J. Mason (1984) as Arthur J. Mason
- Bleak House (1985) as Krook
- Bergerac (1985) as Sir Geoffrey Newton
- Honour, Profit & Pleasure (1985) as Bishop of London
- The Disputation (1986) as Raymund de Penjaforte
- The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986) as Judge Bissop
- The Lady's Not for Burning (1987) as Hebble Tyson
- The Charmer (1987) as Donald Stimpson
- The Contract (1988) as Henry Carter
- The Woman in Black (1989) as Sam Toovey
- A Perfect Hero (1991) as Arthur Fleming
- The Old Devils (1992) as Malcolm Cellan-Davies
- Dandelion Dead (1994) as Mr Davies
- Emma (1996) as Mr Woodhouse
- Midsomer Murders: Death of a Hollow Man (1998) as Harold Winstanley
- The Baroness and the Pig (2002) as Soames
- ↑ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. 1998–2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
- ↑ "HEPTON, Bernard". bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- 1 2 Harrie, Kate (6 April 2006). "Interview with Bernard Hepton". Theatre Archive Project. British Library. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- Bernard Hepton at the Internet Movie Database
- Bernard Hepton at .aveleyman.com