Alan Badel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Alan Badel
Alan Badel.jpg
Born Alan Fernand Badel
(1923-09-11)11 September 1923
Rusholme, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Died 19 March 1982(1982-03-19) (aged 58)
Chichester, Sussex, England
Cause of death heart attack
Years active 1952–82
Spouse(s) Yvonne Owen (1942-1982; his death)
Children Sarah Badel

Alan Fernand Badel[1] (/bəˈdɛl/;[2] 11 September 1923 – 19 March 1982) was an English stage actor who also appeared frequently in the cinema, radio and television and was noted for his richly textured voice which was once described as "the sound of tears".

Early life[edit]

Badel was born in Rusholme, Manchester, and educated at Burnage High School. He fought in France and Germany during the Second World War, serving as a paratrooper on D-Day.[3]


In his early career, he played leading parts, including Romeo and Hamlet, with the Old Vic and Stratford companies.[citation needed]

Badel's earliest film role was as John the Baptist in the Rita Hayworth version of Salome (1953), a version in which the story was altered to make Salome a Christian convert who dances for Herod in order to save John rather than have him condemned to death. He portrayed Richard Wagner in Magic Fire (1955), a biopic about the composer. He also played the role of Karl Denny, the impresario, in the film Bitter Harvest (1963). Around the same time, he played opposite Vivien Merchant in a television version of Harold Pinter's play The Lover (also 1963) and as Edmond Dantès in a BBC television adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo (1964).

Badel also played the villainous sunglasses-wearing Najim Beshraavi in Arabesque (1966) with Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. He also played the French Interior Minister in The Day of the Jackal (1973), a political thriller about the attempted assassination of President Charles de Gaulle, and in the political television drama Bill Brand (1976), the government's Employment minister David Last, a former backbench left-wing MP who had recently joined the frontbench after 30 years in the Commons. One of his last roles was that of Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg in the Paramount film Nijinsky (1980). A television adaptation for the BBC of The Woman in White (1982) by Wilkie Collins, in which Badel played the role as Count Fosco, was shown posthumously.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Badel married the actress Yvonne Owen in 1942 and they remained married until his death from a heart attack in Chichester, aged 58. Their daughter Sarah Badel is an actress.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Alan Badel | BFI". 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  2. ^ G. M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford UP, 1971), p. 9.
  3. ^ "Alan F Badel". Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Alan Badel". BFI Film Forever. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 

External links[edit]