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Former Equity President Nigel Davenport dies

30 October 2013

Tributes are being paid to celebrated actor and former Equity President Nigel Davenport who has died aged 85.

During a career spanning more than 50 years, he appeared in such films as A Man for All Seasons and Chariots of Fire and the TV series Howards' Way. He worked in theatre, film and television in productions ranging from Shakespeare to soap operas.

Equity General Secretary Christine Payne has added her voice to the tributes: "As President of the union Nigel was hugely respected by both members and staff. He was very approachable and always ready to hear an alternative view. And of course he was an exceptionally fine actor. His photograph hangs in the Equity Council chamber and next Tuesday when the Council meets we will pay our respects, recall fond memories and give him one final standing ovation."

Nigel, who was President of Equity from 1985 to 1991, died on 25 October.

 

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

ACTOR NIGEL DAVENPORT DIES AT 85
BBC NEWS
The actor Nigel Davenport has died at the age of 85.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24738939

NIGEL DAVENPORT OBITUARY
GUARDIAN
Powerful stage and screen actor often cast as an aristocrat, king or moustachioed villain
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/oct/29/nigel-davenport

OBITUARY: NIGEL DAVENPORT
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Nigel Davenport was a magnetic actor in theatre, TV and film and had roles in A Man for All Seasons, Howard's Way and Chariots of Fire
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/film-obituaries/10412939/Nigel-Davenport.html

NIGEL DAVENPORT: CHARIOTS OF FIRE STAR DIES AGED 85
MIRROR
He appeared in more than 40 films and TV shows and was a founding member of the English Stage Company
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nigel-davenport-chariots-fire-star-2655212

CHARACTER ACTOR NIGEL DAVENPORT DIES, AGED 85
TIMES
Nigel Davenport, one of Britain’s most powerful and versatile character actors, has died aged 85.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/article3908214.ece

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