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Bernard Hepton was an actor who became one of the most well-respected thespians on stage and screen in his native England during his life. Born on October 19, 1925 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, Hepton grew up working class: his father was an electrician, and his mother was a mill-worker. When the second world war broke out, Hepton was unable to enlist in the army due to being short-sighted, so he instead trained as an aircraft engineer and draughtsman alongside firewatching duties. Once the war ended, Hepton trained at the Bradford Civic Playhouse under director Esme Church. By 1952, he had extensive stage work under his belt, and joined the Birmingham Repertory company, and rose through the ranks, becoming the artistic director in 1957. He later joined the Liverpool Playhouse, becoming director in 1963, but ended up resigning before the season ended. Hepton got his big break when he played Caiaphas in a TV adaptation of Dennis Potter's play "Son of Man" (BBC1, 1969). He followed this up with a cameo on the popular fantasy series "Catweazle" (ITV, 1970-71), before taking on a supporting role alongside Michael Caine in the British gangster classic "Get Carter" (1971). Hepton soon...

Bernard Hepton was an actor who became one of the most well-respected thespians on stage and screen in his native England during his life. Born on October 19, 1925 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, Hepton grew up working class: his father was an electrician, and his mother was a mill-worker. When the second world war broke out, Hepton was unable to enlist in the army due to being short-sighted, so he instead trained as an aircraft engineer and draughtsman alongside firewatching duties. Once the war ended, Hepton trained at the Bradford Civic Playhouse under director Esme Church. By 1952, he had extensive stage work under his belt, and joined the Birmingham Repertory company, and rose through the ranks, becoming the artistic director in 1957. He later joined the Liverpool Playhouse, becoming director in 1963, but ended up resigning before the season ended. Hepton got his big break when he played Caiaphas in a TV adaptation of Dennis Potter's play "Son of Man" (BBC1, 1969). He followed this up with a cameo on the popular fantasy series "Catweazle" (ITV, 1970-71), before taking on a supporting role alongside Michael Caine in the British gangster classic "Get Carter" (1971). Hepton soon returned to TV, co-starring as the Kommandant on the wartime POW thriller series "Colditz" (BBC1, 1972-74). Following a brief cameo in Stanley Kubrick's classic period piece "Barry Lyndon" (1975), Hepton co-starred as Milton Goldsmith in "Voyage of the Damned" (1976). Hepton's next role would be a defining one: he played Toby Esterhase in the TV adaptation of John le Carré's classic novel, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (BBC, 1979), starring Alec Guinness as le Carré's most famous creation, veteran spook George Smiley. He would later reprise the role for a sequel, "Smiley's People" (BBC, 1982). After appearing in a TV adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic ghost story "The Woman in Black" (ITV, 1989), Hepton slowed down considerably, though he would continue to act on and off on both stage and TV until his death, at age 92, on July 27, 2018.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Eminent Domain (1990) Slowak
2.
 Stealing Heaven (1988) Bishop Martin
3.
 Shadey (1987) Captain Amies
4.
 Holcroft Covenant, The (1985) Leighton
5.
 Plague Dogs, The (1982) Voice Of Stephen Powell
6.
 Gandhi (1982) Goc
7.
 Voyage Of The Damned (1976) Milton Goldsmith--Jewish Officer
8.
 Barry Lyndon (1975)
9.
 Adventures of Don Quixote, The (1973) Village Priest
10.
 Death of a Hollow Man (1998) Harold
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1971:
Reprised role of Archbishop Cranmer on the mini-series "Elizabeth R"
1982:
Appeared in "Gandhi"
1994:
Cast as Mr. Davies on the mini-series "Dandelion Dead"
1996:
Cast as Mr. Woodhouse in the TV movie version of "Emma"
1970:
Landed a guest role on the first season of "Catweazle"
1970:
Cast as Archbishop Thomas Cranmer on the mini-series "The Six Wives of Henry VIII"
1949:
Made screen-acting debut in an uncredited role in "A Boy, a Girl and a Bike"
1967:
Landed the role of Wemmick on series version of "Great Expectations"
1968:
Cast as reverand Farebrother on mini-series "Middlemarch"
1971:
Scored role in classic British gangster film"Get Carter"
1972:
Starred as the Kommandant in "Colditz"
1976:
Played Milton Goldsmith in "Voyage of the Damned"
1977:
Starred as Albert Foiret on "Secret Army"
2008:
Appeared in final screen role, reprising role of Mr. Woodhouse on the "Emma" episode of "Masterpiece Classic"
1957:
Became artistic director at Birmingham Rep
1969:
Landed breakout role in TV movie "Son of Man"
:
Played Toby Esterhase in TV adaptation of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
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Reprised the role of Toby Esterhase in "Smiley's People"
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Played Inspector Goole in "An Inspector Calls"
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Landed role in TV adaptation of "The Woman in Black"
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Education

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