Keith Skinner

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Keith Skinner (born 1949) is a British actor who worked in cinema and television.

His career began when he starred as Bruno in the 1966 film Mademoiselle. In 1968, he was cast in Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet as Balthasar, Romeo's manservant and trusted friend. He appears at various stages in the film including galloping on horseback to tell Romeo (played by Leonard Whiting) of Juliet's "death" and accompanies Romeo back to Verona again on horseback towards the end of the film.

Skinner starred in one episode of The Jazz Age in 1968. He played Harry Lampton in five episodes of the early seventies' TV series Man at the Top and appeared in three episodes of Z-Cars from 1969 to 1972. He went on to appear in an episode of Play for Today, one episode of Out of the Unknown in 1971, two episodes of So it Goes in 1973, and two episodes of Beryl's Lot (1973-1976). In 1976 he appeared in the British musical The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella.

In 1977, Skinner played the obsessed boy in the TV miniseries Jesus of Nazareth . In 1980, he starred in Frank Loesser's musical Guys and Dolls. In 1985, Skinner appeared in an episode of Doctor Who.

In 2001, Skinner worked on the film From Hell as an historical consultant.

In 2004, Skinner gave up acting and is now a crime historian.

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