19 October 1925
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Biography and career
Hepton, born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, is known as a particularly versatile character actor. He trained at Bradford Civic Theatre school under Esme Church along with actors such as Robert Stephens. He has extensive stage experience as an actor, under Sir Barry Jackson in addition to a spell as Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep and Liverpool Playhouse.
On television, he played Caiaphas in the 1969 Dennis Potter play Son of Man, Toby Esterhase in the BBC Television adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, soldier, Spy and Smiley's People, and George Smiley in the radio adaptations. He also played the Kommandant in Colditz (1972–74), and later appeared for the same production team as Albert Foiret in three seasons of Secret Army (1977–79) as well as appearing as Pallas in I Claudius. Before that he made a guest appearance in an episode of the first series of Catweazle in 1970 where he played a naturalist. Other notable performances included Thomas Cranmer in both The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970) and Elizabeth R (1971).
On radio Hepton played the role of Albert, in Stranger in the Home by Alan Dapre, also the role of The Old Man in the Corner, the Baroness Orczy amateur, and mostly sedentary, sleuth in the BBC dramatisations called The Teahouse Detective (1998–2000).
His appearances in feature film have been less frequent. He made a brief appearance as Thorpey, a gangster in the classic British film Get Carter (1971), and another small role, as Milton Goldsmith, in Voyage of the Damned (1976).
Bernard Hepton was married to actress Nancie Jackson who died in 1977. He married Hilary Joyce Liddell in 1979.
- The Life of Henry V (1957)
- The Devil's Eggshell (1966)
- Great Expectations (1967)
- The Spanish Farm (1968)
- The Fosters (1969)
- Son of Man (1969)
- The Elusive Pimpernel (1969)
- Lord Mountdrago (1969)
- The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
- The Organisation (1971)
- Elizabeth R (1971)
- Paradise Restored (1971)
- Follow the Yellow Brick Road (1972)
- Colditz (1972)
- The Adventures of Don Quixote (1973)
- A Pin to See the Peepshow (1973)
- Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973)
- The Squirrels (1974)
- Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975)
- Orde Wingate (1976)
- I, Claudius (1976)
- Secret Army (1977)
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV miniseries) (1979)
- Blood Money (1981)
- Kessler (1981)
- An Inspector Calls (1982)
- Smiley's People (1982)
- Mansfield Park (1983)
- Dear Box Number (1983)
- A Profile of Arthur J. Mason (1984)
- Bleak House (1985)
- Bergerac (1985)
- Honour, Profit & Pleasure (1985)
- The Disputation (1986)
- The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986)
- The Lady's Not for Burning (1987)
- The Charmer (1987)
- The Contract (1988)
- The Woman in Black (1989)
- A Perfect Hero (1991)
- The Old Devils (1992)
- Dandelion Dead (1994)
- Emma (1996)
- Midsomer Murders (1998)
- Get Carter (1971)
- Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
- Barry Lyndon (1975)
- Voyage of the Damned (1976)
- Gandhi (1982)
- The Holcroft Covenant (1985)
- Shadey (1985)
- Stealing Heaven (1988)
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