December 19, 1937 |
Kandy, British Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
Albert Moses (born 19 December 1937) is a Sri Lankan actor based in the United Kingdom. He had begun to act by the 1960s in India where he appeared in several films, then produced and directed his first. From India, he moved to Africa where he undertook work on documentaries. From the early 1970s, in Britain, Moses played small parts in several television series before being cast as Ranjeet Singh, a Sikh from Punjab, India, in the ITV sitcom Mind Your Language (1977–79, 1986).
Roles in film, television and theatre include work with Kirk Douglas, Oliver Reed, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Michael Caine, Sir (Thomas) Sean Connery, Charles Dance, OBE, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill, Pamela Stephenson, and Diana Rigg.
- Freeway - The National Theatre;
- Phædra Britannica - The National Theatre (with Diana Rigg);
- Long March to Jerusalem - Watford Palace Theatre
- The Man Who Would Be King - A John Huston film with Sean Connery, Michael Caine, and Christopher Plummer;
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - James Bond film;
- What's Up Nurse! - a Derek Ford sex comedy;
- Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers - EMI;
- Carry On Emmannuelle - Rank;
- The Little Drummer Girl - EMI;
- The Awakening - Columbia Pictures;
- An American Werewolf in London - a John Landis movie;
- The Great Quest - with Oliver Reed;
- Pink Floyd: The Wall - Alan Parker film;
- Octopussy (1983) - James Bond film (as Saddrudin - undercover British agent in India);
- The Little Drummer Girl - a George Roy Hill film;
- Scandalous - with Sir John Gielgud and Pamela Stephenson;
- The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo - Columbia Pictures;
- East Is East - a BAFTA award-winning Film4 production
- Queenie - Hollywood mini-series with Kirk Douglas;
- On the Buses - London Weekend Television;
- Warship - BBC television drama;
- Robin's Nest - Thames Television sitcom;
- Mind Your Language - London Weekend Television sitcom (nearly 50 episodes broadcast between 1977 and 1986);
- Juliet Bravo - BBC television drama;
- The Jewel in the Crown - Granada Television (4 episodes, with Charles Dance, OBE);
- The Little and Large Show - BBC television comedy;
- The Benny Hill Show - Thames Television comedy;
- Boon - ITV Central drama;
- The Bill - talkbackTHAMES television drama (5 episodes);
- Never the Twain - Thames Television sitcom;
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Man With The Twisted Lip - Granada Television;
- London's Burning - London Weekend Television drama;
- Tandoori Nights - Channel 4
- Produced 13 episodes of Mind Your Language;
- Produced and directed Gabriella, a television film produced on location in Malta;
- Hosted, produced and directed a talent contest variety show
- Wrote The Seventh Commandment, a television drama;
- Wrote Side by side, a television comedy;
- Wrote Don't talk to strangers, a television thriller;
- Wrote The Jokers, a television drama;
- Published children's books Tales from India, The hawk and the turtles, and Mustapha Mouse goes to the city;
- Published a book of 87 poems
- Past chairman of the Asian, Caribbean, Oriental and Asian Artistes of EQUITY.
- Ex-governor of a St Albans school.
- Was on board of directors for a St Albans theatre company.
- Past member of the London regional committee of ITV under the chairmanship of Lord Lipsey.
- Past chairman of the St Albans Film Society.
- Trustee and patron of The Ivy Trust, a children's charity.
- Volunteered at a local hospital.
- Volunteered at a local school, running a film workshop for children.
- Volunteered at a local retirement home.
- Retired voluntary teacher from a local college, teaching English to foreign students. (See the Mind Your Language page for the irony of this!)
Moses is a Knight of the Order of St John.
- Goodwin, Cliff (2001). Evil Spirits: The Life of Oliver Reed. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0519-3.
- Moses, Albert; Roberts, Pam (1996). Tales from India. Sagittarius Enterprises. ISBN 0-9528630-0-6.
- Moses, Albert; Roberts, Pam (2005). The hawk and the turtles. Sagittarius Enterprises.
- Moses, Albert; Roberts, Pam (2005). Mustapha Mouse goes to the city. Sagittarius Enterprises.
- Moses, Albert (1999). A collection of poems. Sagittarius Enterprises. ISBN 0-9528630-1-4.