Christopher Cazenove

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Christopher Cazenove
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Christopher Cazenove in Nottingham, August 2009
Christopher de Lerisson Cazenove

(1943-12-17)17 December 1943
Died7 April 2010(2010-04-07) (aged 66)
London, England
Years active1970–2010
TelevisionThe Duchess of Duke Street,
Judge John Deed
(m. 1973; div. 1994)

Christopher de Lerisson Cazenove (17 December 1943 – 7 April 2010) was an English film, television and stage actor.

Early life and career[edit]

He was born Christopher de Lerisson Cazenove,[1] on 17 December 1943,[2][3][4] the son of Brigadier Arnold de Lerisson Cazenove and Elizabeth Laura (née Gurney, 1914–1994)[5] in Winchester, Hampshire, but was brought up in Bowlish, Somerset.[6] He was educated at the Dragon School, Eton College, Durham University's College of the Venerable Bede and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[3]

Cazenove often portrayed British aristocrats, and first made his name in the 1972 drama series, The Regiment. Other notable roles included Charlie Tyrrell in the 1976-77 period drama series The Duchess of Duke Street, and in 1986 he appeared as Ben Carrington in the US soap opera Dynasty, which he played until the following year. From 2001-03, he had a recurring role in the British drama series Judge John Deed, playing Row Colemore.

On the stage, he appeared as Henry Higgins in the British and American productions of My Fair Lady from 2005 through to 2008.[1] He also starred in the London West End production of The Importance of Being Earnest in 1994 alongside Susannah York.

Personal life[edit]

Cazenove was married to actress Angharad Rees from 1973 until their divorce in 1994. They had two sons, Linford James (20 July 1974 — 10 September 1999); and Rhys William (born 1976); Linford died in a car crash on the M11 in Essex.[7] From 2003 until his death, Cazenove's partner was Isabel Davis.[1]


In February 2010, Cazenove collapsed at his London home. He was taken to St Thomas' Hospital in London, suffering from septicaemia. He died on 7 April 2010 from the effects of the illness at St Thomas's Hospital, aged 66.[8] The actor "died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones", said a statement released by his agent, his family and girlfriend.[9]

Cazenove's funeral on 16 April 2010 was held at St Paul's, Covent Garden, London.



Year Title Role Notes
1970 Julius Caesar Servant to Mark Antony Uncredited
There's a Girl in My Soup Nigel Uncredited
1974 Doctor Watson and the Darkwater Hall Mystery Sir Harry
1975 Royal Flash Eric Hansen
1977 East of Elephant Rock Robert Proudfoot
1978 La petite fille en velours bleu (aka Little Girl in Blue Velvet) "Baby"
1979 Zulu Dawn Lieutenant Coghill
1981 Eye of the Needle David Rose
From a Far Country Tadek
1983 Heat and Dust Douglas Rivers, The Assistant Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Merchant Ivory Film
1984 Until September Philip
1985 Jenny's War Captain Preston TV Series, 4 episodes
Mata Hari Karl Von Bayerling
1986 The Fantasist Inspector McMyler
1988 Windmills of the Gods Desforges TV Mini-Series, 2 episodes
Tears in the Rain Michael Bredon TV movie
Blind Justice Joseph Mahoney Also known as Hold My Hand I'm Dying
1989 Souvenir William Root
The Lady and the Highwayman Rudolph Vyne TV movie
1990 3 Men and a Little Lady Edward Hargreave
1992 Aces: Iron Eagle III Palmer
1996 The Proprietor Elliott Spencer Merchant Ivory Film
1998 Shadow Run Melchior
2000 Contaminated Man The President of Clarion
2001 A Knight's Tale John Thatcher
Beginner's Luck Andrew Fontaine
2004 La Femme Musketeer Athos TV Mini-Series, 2 episodes
2009 Hotel Babylon Damien Rushby TV Series, 1 episode
2010 Alexander the Great from Macedonia Aristotle (final film role)



  1. ^ a b c "Christopher Cazenove actor". The Times. London. 9 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Septicemia Kills Actor Christopher Cazenove". CBS News. 8 April 2010.
  3. ^ a b Anthony Hayward Obituary: Christopher Cazenove, The Guardian, 8 April 2010
  4. ^ "MSN - Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, Breaking News, and Latest Videos".
  5. ^ "Christopher Cazenove Biography (1945-)".
  6. ^ "Somerset-bred star of small and big screen dies". Shepton Mallet Journal. 15 April 2010. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  7. ^ "BBC News - Wales - Welsh actress pays tribute to her son".
  8. ^ "Former Dynasty star Cazenove dies". 8 April 2010 – via
  9. ^ Notice of Cazenove's death Archived 26 July 2012 at, 7 April 2010

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