Timothy West

D.O.B: Oct 20, 1934 |  Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK

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A versatile British actor noted for his great power and command on the classical stage and in several other mediums including radio, film and television, Timothy West was born on October 20, 1934 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, the son of actors (Harry) Lockwood West and his wife Olive (Carleton-Crowe). Educated at John Lyon School and the Polytechnic, he first appeared on the stage in 1956 at the Wimbledon Theatre in a production of Summertime.

Biography

A versatile British actor noted for his great power and command on the classical stage and in several other mediums including radio, film and television, Timothy West was born on October 20, 1934 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, the son of actors (Harry) Lockwood West and his wife Olive (Carleton-Crowe). Educated at John Lyon School and the Polytechnic, he first appeared on the stage in 1956 at the Wimbledon Theatre in a production of Summertime. He then spent several seasons in repertory at such venues as Wimbledon, Newquay, Hull, Northampton, Worthing and Salisbury. He made his London debut at the Piccadilly Theatre in the comical farce Caught Napping in 1959. For the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Aldwych (in 1964), he appeared in Afore Night Come and The Marat-Sade, in addition to building up his Shakespeare repertoire with roles in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Loves Labours Lost, The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors and Timon of Athens. For the Prospect Theatre Company, he appeared he took on the Shakespearean roles of Prospero (The Tempest), Claudius (Hamlet), Bolingbroke (Richard II) and Mortimer (Edward II), among others. He also played the noted historical figure Samuel Johnson in two plays. Along with definitive portrayals of Lear, Macbeth, Falstaff and Shylock, he became well-respected as a stage director. More recently, he directed a touring production of H.M.S. Pinafore while delightfully grandstanding in the role of Sir Joseph Porter.