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Ian Charleson (1949–1990)


Being born and raised in Edinburgh, Charleson attended the Royal High School and then went on to attend Edinburgh University. He initially studied architecture but switched to an MA degree after cultivating an interest in acting. He won a place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after graduating from Edinburgh. See full bio »

Died:

(age 40) in London, England, UK

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Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire Eric Liddell
(1981)
Gandhi
Gandhi Charlie Andrews
(1982)
Opera
Opera Marco
(1987)
Jubilee
Jubilee Angel
(1978)

Filmography

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 1988 Troubles (TV Mini-Series)
Major Brendan Archer
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Major Brendan Archer
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Major Brendan Archer
 1988 Codename: Kyril (TV Mini-Series)
Kyril
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Kyril
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Kyril
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Kyril
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Kyril
 1987 Opera
Marco
 1986 Car Trouble
Gerald
 1985 A Month in the Country (TV Movie)
Rakitin
 1984 The Sun Also Rises (TV Mini-Series)
Mike Campbell
 1984 Oxbridge Blues (TV Series)
Victor Geary
- Oxbridge Blues (1984) ... Victor Geary
 1984 Scotland's Story (TV Series)
Prince Charles Edward Stuart
- The '45 and the Aftermath (1984) ... Prince Charles Edward Stuart
 1984 Master of the Game (TV Mini-Series)
Jamie McGregor
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Jamie McGregor
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Jamie McGregor
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Jamie McGregor
 1984 Louisiana (TV Movie)
Clarence Dandridge
 1984 The Devil's Lieutenant (TV Movie)
First Lieutenant Dorfrichter
 1983 Reilly: Ace of Spies (TV Mini-Series)
Lockhart
- After Moscow (1983) ... Lockhart
- Endgame (1983) ... Lockhart
- Gambit (1983) ... Lockhart
 1983 Ascendancy
Lt. Ryder
 1982 Gandhi
Charlie Andrews
 1982 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Ian Arthur
- Something's Got to Give (1982) ... Ian Arthur
 1981 Lady Killers (TV Series)
Neville Heath
- Make It a Double (1981) ... Neville Heath
 1981 Antony & Cleopatra (TV Movie)
Octavius Caesar
 1981 The Search for Alexander the Great (TV Mini-Series)
Hephaistion
- Lord of Asia (1981) ... Hephaistion
- The Last March (1981) ... Hephaistion
- The Young Conqueror (1981) ... Hephaistion
- The Young Lion (1981) ... Hephaistion
 1981 Chariots of Fire
Eric Liddell
 1981 All's Well That Ends Well (TV Movie)
Bertram
 1980 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV Movie)
Fortinbras
 1978 Jubilee
Angel
 1977 Rock Follies of '77 (TV Series)
Jimmy Smiles
- The Empire (1977) ... Jimmy Smiles
 1976 Plays for Britain (TV Series)
Henry
- The Paradise Run (1976) ... Henry
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
John Ross
- O Canada (1975) ... John Ross
 1974 Intimate Strangers (TV Series)
Tom Anson
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Tom Anson
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Tom Anson
 1974 A Private Matter (TV Movie)
Anthony Black-Mathieson
 1973-1974 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Tony Black-Matheson / Guillaume Desmarest
- A Private Matter (1974) ... Tony Black-Matheson
- Hopcraft Into Europe (1973) ... Guillaume Desmarest
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Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Love's Labour's Lost," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Oliver Ford Davies, Jane Lapotaire, Ruby Wax, and David Suchet in the cast. John Barton was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Trivia:

Sir Ian McKellen said that Charleson played "Hamlet" so well it was as if he had rehearsed the role all his life. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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