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David Lyon obituary

Popular RSC actor who was also a regular in TV drama

David Lyon, who has died aged 72, was a popular and versatile actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company for two decades. He once played a serious criminal in the television series Midsomer Murders, and a taxi driver who recognised him in Brighton, where Lyon lived, said that he'd just put a call through to the local police station. This was a mark, perhaps, of Lyon's ease and naturalness on stage and on screen, where he popped up regularly in such series as The Bill, Lovejoy, Taggart, Poirot and as the thoroughly decent prime minister, Henry "Hal" Collingridge, in the original 1990 BBC version of House of Cards, held secretly in contempt by Ian Richardson's duplicitous Francis Urquhart. He was always someone you would recognise.

Lyon was a late developer in the professional theatre, coming from a long association with two
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Roger Hammond obituary

Actor known for his roles as clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters

There is a great tradition in the rotundity of actors, and Roger Hammond, who has died aged 76 of cancer, stands proudly in a line stretching from Francis L Sullivan and Willoughby Goddard through to Roy Kinnear, Desmond Barrit and Richard Griffiths, though he was probably more malleably benevolent on stage than any of them.

He reeked of kindness, consideration and imperturbability, with a pleasant countenance and a beautiful, soft voice, qualities ideal for unimpeachable clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters such as Waffles in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (whom he played in a 1991 BBC TV film, with David Warner and Ian Holm), a man whose wife left him for another man on his wedding day but who has remained faithful to her and forgiving ever since.

Hammond grew up in Stockport, Lancashire. His chartered accountant father was managing director of his own family firm,
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Roger Hammond obituary

Actor known for his roles as clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters

There is a great tradition in the rotundity of actors, and Roger Hammond, who has died aged 76 of cancer, stands proudly in a line stretching from Francis L Sullivan and Willoughby Goddard through to Roy Kinnear, Desmond Barrit and Richard Griffiths, though he was probably more malleably benevolent on stage than any of them.

He reeked of kindness, consideration and imperturbability, with a pleasant countenance and a beautiful, soft voice, qualities ideal for unimpeachable clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters such as Waffles in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (whom he played in a 1991 BBC TV film, with David Warner and Ian Holm), a man whose wife left him for another man on his wedding day but who has remained faithful to her and forgiving ever since.

Hammond grew up in Stockport, Lancashire. His chartered accountant father was managing director of his own family firm,
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

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