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Cyril Luckham

Cyril Luckham

British actor
The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Actor
Countries United Kingdom
Gender male
Birth July 25, 1907 (Salisbury, Wiltshire, Wiltshire, South West England)
Death February 8, 1989 (London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom)
The details

Cyril Alexander Garland Luckham (25 July 1907 – 8 February 1989) was a British film, television and theatre actor. He was the husband of stage and screen actress Violet Lamb (1911–2009)


Luckham played the White Guardian in the long running science fiction television series Doctor Who. He appeared in The Ribos Operation, the first serial in The Key to Time season, and Enlightenment. In 1965 he played Sir Hugh Archibald-Lake in The Wednesday Play (BBC) Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton. In the 1967 BBC serialisation of The Forsyte Saga, Luckham played Sir Lawrence Mont, father-in-law of Fleur Forsyte. He appeared in an episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), as the villain. Luckham was a familiar face as a character actor in the 1970s: playing The 7th Duke of Marlborough in the 1974 Thames miniseries Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill; the 1978 TV series based on the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton; as the evil psychic Edward Drexel in the 1979 supernatural thriller series The Omega Factor and as the equitable Chair of the school board of Bamfylde in the 1980 Andrew Davies adaptation To Serve Them All My Days. He also portrayed Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in the film adaptation of A Man for All Seasons (1966) and the long-suffering Father O'Hara in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. He also played the benevolent grandfather in The Cedar Tree, a series that ran on ATV from 1975 to 1979.

He played the paternalist puppet prime minister in 1971's dialectical dystopian TV drama The Guardians, in which Britain is plunged into a tacit fascist state policed by the ubiquitous Guardians.

Selected filmography

  • Murder in Reverse (1945) - One of Crossley's Guests
  • Stranger from Venus (1954) - Dr. Meinard
  • Out of the Clouds (1955) - The Doctor
  • The Battle of the River Plate (1956) - Lt. Jasper Abbot - HMS Achilles (uncredited)
  • The Hostage (1956) - Hugh Ferguson
  • Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957) - Commander-in-Chief Far Eastern Station
  • How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1957) - Coroner
  • The Birthday Present (1957) - Magistrate
  • Invasion Quartet (1961) - Col. Harbottle
  • Some People (1962) - Magistrate
  • Billy Budd (1962) - Alfred Hallam - Captain of Marines
  • The Pumpkin Eater (1964) - Doctor
  • The Great War (BBC TV, 1965)
  • The Alphabet Murders (1965) - Sir Carmichael Clarke
  • A Man for All Seasons (1966) - Archbishop Cranmer
  • The Naked Runner (1967) - Cabinet minister
  • Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) - Prior Houghton
  • One More Time (1970) - Magistrate
  • Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971) - Tringham
  • Providence (1977) - Doctor Mark Eddington
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