Bob Goody

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Robert 'Bob' Goody (born 16 April 1951) is a British film and television actor, a writer and librettist and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Bob Goody trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He was a founder member of the acclaimed theatre company Shared Experience performing the Arabian Nights trilogy. He played various characters with the company, including: the Ghost, the Player King and the Gravedigger in Hamlet. In 1987 he toured as Dr. Pinch in The Comedy of Errors and the Ghost and the Gravedigger in Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company.[1][2]

Goody made his first television appearance in The Devil's Crown (1978), and went on to appear in Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (1979), Robin's Nest (1980), Smith and Goody (as writer and actor) (1980), Luna (1983), Bleak House (1985), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1985), Porterhouse Blue (1987), Selling Hitler (1991), Blue Heaven (1992), The Blackheath Poisonings (1992), Lovejoy (1993), Screen Two (1993), Paul Merton's Life of Comedy (1995), McCallum (1997), Danny the caretaker in seven episodes of Crime Traveller (1997), Lock, Stock... (2000), Dark Realm (2001), Doctors (2003), four episodes of The Bill (1989-2004), Hotel Babylon (2008), Crusoe (2008), and EastEnders (2011).[3]

His film roles include appearances in Flash Gordon (1980), Those Glory Glory Days (1983), The Stone Age (1989), The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Fire, Ice and Dynamite (1990), Buskers Odyssey (1994), The Grotesque (1995), Treasure Island (1995), The Borrowers (1997), Lighthouse (1999), In the Doghouse (2002), The Thief Lord (2006), That Summer Day (2006), The Great Ghost Rescue (2011), and Late September (2012).[3]

While Goody and Mel Smith were working on a two-man show at the Traverse Theatre, they teamed up with composer Peter Brewis and together created three black comedy musicals, 'Ave You 'Eard the One About Joey Baker?, Irony in Dorking which won a Fringe First Award and The Gambler whose 1986 revival at the Hampstead Theatre was nominated for an Olivier Award[4] and was also recorded by the specialist musical theatre label First Night Records.[5][6] He wrote the libretto for The Fashion, an opera for Deutsche Oper am Rhein, with music by Giorgio Battistelli. This was performed in the company's 2008 season. He co-wrote the BBC sitcom Wilderness Road as well as two volumes of performance poetry: Mixing With The Sharks and Life and Death And A Few Other Bits and Pieces. In 1991 he played the Chief Weasel in Alan Bennett's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows for the National Theatre at The Old Vic in London.[7]

Goody played Bill Maddox in the 1996 video game Privateer 2: The Darkening.

Bob Goody is 6' 4" tall, is married, has three daughters and lives in Bloomsbury in Central London.[7]


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