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|Born||John William Francis Hallam
28 October 1941
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
|Died||14 November 2006
Clifton, Oxfordshire, England,
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
John Hallam was born, the son of a superintendent at London Docklands, in 1941 in Lisburn, County Antrim, after the family were evacuated to Northern Ireland during the Second World War. On returning to England, he boarded at St Albans School[disambiguation needed], before starting his working life in a London bank. Despite having a talent for mathematics, he said he was sacked for getting the figures right without being able to explain how he did so. As a result, he ended up selling deckchairs on the South Coast, where he eventually found acting work in repertory theatre.
Hallam began acting with Laurence Olivier's embryonic National Theatre Company, playing the Stage Door Keeper in Trelawney of the Wells (Old Vic Theatre, 1965). He was seen performing on television for the first time in 1967, in the small role of a watchman when the BBC screened the director Franco Zeffirelli's National Theatre production of Much Ado About Nothing (Old Vic).
Stage roles became infrequent when an unending flow of film and television work followed. On the big screen, he worked his way up from bit-parts as an officer in The Charge of the Light Brigade (directed by Tony Richardson, 1968) and a revolting Burpa tribesman in Carry On Up the Khyber (a rare comedy, 1968) to more substantial roles as Sir Meles of Bohemia in A Walk with Love and Death (the director John Huston's tale of 14th-century romance in France, 1969).
Over the years, Hallam became a familiar face on British television, appearing in the films Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Murphy's War (1971), The Pallisers (1974), Flash Gordon (1980) and Dragonslayer (1981) - where he played the film's main antagonist.
In 1973 he played the troubled Dr. Peter Conway in the science fiction series Moonbase 3, but his most notable television role was as Thomas Mallen in the drama series The Mallens (1979). He also appeared in the director's cut of the 1973 film The Wicker Man, playing McTaggart.
He also play Lamson in the 1985 science-fiction cult classic Lifeforce, directed by Tobe Hooper, and also appeared in the BBC's television adaptations of two tales from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, from 1988 until 1990.
He had a semi-regular role in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, playing prison inmate Barnsey Barnes, a character that appears as the cellmate of regular character Den Watts (Leslie Grantham) while he is serving time at the fictional Dickens Hill prison. Hallam appeared on the show between 1988 and 1989.
In 1989 he appeared in the Doctor Who serial "Ghost Light" appearing as the memorable alien "Light". In 1991, he appeared in the Hollywood film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. In 1997 he played Mandara in Kull the Conqueror,
Hallam married Vicky Brinkworth in 1966, and they had four children together, but divorced in 1992 after twenty-six years of marriage.
At the peak of his height he stood at 6 foot 4 inches.