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23 February 1928 |
Bolton, Lancashire, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Haines (1963-1977) (her death)|
Kay began his working life as a reporter on the Bolton Evening News, and a stringer for the Manchester Guardian. He was conscripted in 1946 and started acting in the army. Kay gained a scholarship to study at the Old Vic Theatre School and became a professional in 1950, as a member of the company which reopened the Old Vic after World War II.
He has appeared in hundreds of TV productions including Emmerdale Farm, The Champions, The Cellar and the Almond Tree, Clayhanger, A Very British Coup, Casualty, Casualty 1909, Doctors, Z-Cars, Coronation Street and Foyle's War. He portrayed Captain Stanley Lord of the SS Californian in the BBC dramatisation 'Trial by Inquiry: Titanic' in 1967; and he played the bandit leader Cordova in Zorro television episode "Alejandro Rides Again" in 1991 which was filmed in Madrid, Spain. Kay also gave a sympathetic performance as Korporal Hartwig in an early episode of "Colditz".
He has appeared four times in the Doctor Who series in various roles, most notably as Saladin in the classic Doctor Who story The Crusade in 1965, alongside William Hartnell and Julian Glover. He also appeared in the serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Faceless Ones (1967) and Colony in Space (1971). In 2006, he guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio adventure Night Thoughts.
- Carry on Sergeant (1958)
- Doctor Zhivago (1965)
- They Came from Beyond Space (1967)
- The Shuttered Room (1967)
- Torture Garden (1967)
- Interlude (1968)
- Witchfinder General (1968)
- Darling Lili (1970)
- Trog (1970)
- The Hunting Party (1971)
- Running Scared (1972)
- Lady Caroline Lamb (1973)
- The Hiding Place (1975)
- Spy Story (1976)
- Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
- The Great Riviera Bank Robbery (1979)
- The Case of Marcel Duchamp (1984)
- A Ghost in Monte Carlo (1990)
- Steal This Movie (2000)
- Puritan (2005)
- Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)
- Joy Division (2006)
- Psychosis (2010)
He has also acted extensively on the stage. In 1952, for the Nottingham Rep, he learned, rehearsed, and played Macbeth in less than 24 hours. In 1984, he played Shylock in a British Council tour of Asia, ending in Baghdad, in the middle of the Iraq/Iran war. Other theatre includes An Inspector Calls (Garrick Theatre), Macbeth (Nottingham Playhouse), Titus Andronicus (European Tour), A Man for all Seasons (International Tour), The Merchant of Venice (International Tour), Galileo (Young Vic), Death of a Salesman (Lyric Theatre, Belfast)(For which he was nominated as best actor in the RITA awards.) and Halpern and Johnson (New End Theatre). He has twice appeared at the Finborough Theatre, London - in 2006 in After Haggerty and in 2010 in Dream of the Dog.
In 1998, Kay was nominated for a RITA (Real Irish Theatre Award)for his portrayal of Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. In 2006, Kay won the creative non-fiction prize for writing as part of New Writing Ventures.
He was married to Patricia Haines (first wife of Michael Caine) from 1963 until her death in 1977.
- Ezard, John (26 September 2006). "Actor Bernard Kay wins new writing award". The Guardian (London, England, UK: Guardian News and Media). ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- BWW News Desk (24 March 2010). "Finborough Theatre Presents DREAM OF THE DOG, Opens April 27". Broadway World (New York City, New York, USA: Wisdom Digital Media). Retrieved 30 June 2013.