Paul Danquah

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Paul Danquah (born May 25, 1925, United Kingdom) is a British film actor and lawyer, the son of J. B. Danquah.[1][2] He presented Play School and is reported to be the first black presenter of a children's programme.[3] Francis Bacon lived with Danquah and Danquah's partner Peter Pollock in their Battersea flat from 1956 to 1961.[2][4] During this period, in late 1961, Danquah arranged for Don Bachardy to draw Bacon.[5] In 1961, Danquah made his film debut in the British film A Taste of Honey, starring as Jimmy.[2][6] Danquah moved with Pollock to Tangier in the late 1970s.[2] Danquah and Pollock discovered a suitcase containing drawings by Bacon in the late 1990s; these drawings were acquired by The Tate in 1996 and exhibited in 1999.[7][8][9]



Year Title Role Notes
1965 Armchair Theatre Flecker Series 5, episode 17: "A Voice in the Sky"
1965 Danger Man James Owen Series 2, episode 22: "Parallel Lines Sometimes Meet"
1966 Danger Man cleaner Series 3, episode 6: "The Mercenaries"
1966 Danger Man barman Series 3, episode 12: "The Man on the Beach"
1966 The Avengers Lieutenant Razafi Series 4, episode 16: "Small Game for Big Hunters"
1966 Play School Self Presenter


Year Title Role Notes
1961 A Taste of Honey Jimmy Directed by Tony Richardson
1966 That Riviera Touch Hassim Morecambe and Wise comedy directed by Cliff Owen
1967 Smashing Time 2nd. Exquisite Directed by Desmond Davis
1967 Maroc 7 police officer


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  2. ^ a b c d "Paul Danquah". The Knitting Circle. London South Bank University. 27 January 2002. Archived from the original on 5 April 2002. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, Sarah (15 October 2012). "How we made: Joy Whitby and Phyllida Law on Play School". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Peppiatt, Michael (2007). Francis Bacon in the 1950s (Illustrated ed.). Yale University Press. pp. 30 & 42. ISBN 030012192X. 
  5. ^ Isherwood, Christopher (2010). Diaries: 1960-1969 (reprint ed.). Random House. p. 118. ISBN 0701169400. "Paul reported that Francis wasn't very keen on the idea, but he advised Don to go around to Francis's flat with his drawing board and act as though he had misunderstood and that they had an appointment. This Don did and it worked" 
  6. ^ Hanson, Stephen L.; Patricia King Hanson (1981). Magill's survey of cinema--English language films, second series, Volume 5. Salem Press. p. 2416. ISBN 0893562300. 
  7. ^ Graham-Dixon, Andrew (1 February 2001). "A side of Bacon". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  8. ^ MacRitchie, Lynn (7 March 1999). "Exhibitions: The drawings he didn't want you to see Francis Bacon: Works on Paper and Paintings Tate Gallery". The Independent. p. 7. 
  9. ^ Hall, Willis (12 September 2001). "Obituary: Peter Pollock". The Independent.