David Neal

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David Neal
Born David Henry Neal
(1932-02-13)13 February 1932
Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Died 27 June 2000(2000-06-27) (aged 68)
Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Years active 1965-1997

David Neal (13 February 1932 – 27 June 2000)[1] was a popular British television actor, active in the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s. He is chiefly remembered for a prolific range of supporting roles in major productions.

Multiple supporting roles in popular television[edit]

Although very rarely cast in a lead role, David Neal had significant supporting roles in episodes of a great range of highly popular British television series, including Softly, Softly, Z-Cars, Doctor Who, Inspector Morse, Poirot, The Bill, Wycliffe and Noah's Castle.

Classical acting[edit]

David Neal worked in a broad range of roles during his career. In 1970 he took a major supporting role (Cinna) in the all-star feature film of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (which starred Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Richard Chamberlain, Diana Rigg and Sir John Gielgud). A few years later (in 1979) he secured another significant supporting role as Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York in both Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 in the BBC's major 'complete works of Shakespeare' series of television films.[2]

The Flockton Flyer[edit]

Although not remembered for lead roles, an exception is the 1970s' children's television production The Flockton Flyer, written by Peter Whitbread, in which David Neal starred as the principal character, Bob Carter. The programme ran to two series, with an associated paperback novel.[3]


  1. ^ Dates of birth and death recorded at Movie Tome
  2. ^ Details available at the IMDB under Neal's entry.
  3. ^ See The Flockton Flyer details at TV Ark.

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