Christopher Cazenove

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Christopher Cazenove
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Christopher Cazenove in Nottingham, August 2009
Born Christopher de Lerisson Cazenove
(1943-12-17)17 December 1943
Winchester, Hampshire, England, UK
Died 7 April 2010(2010-04-07) (aged 66)
London, England, UK
Cause of death Septicaemia
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–2009
Television The Duchess of Duke Street,
Spouse(s) Angharad Rees (m. 1973–1994)
Children Linford (deceased)
Parent(s) Arnold Cazenove
Elizabeth (née Gurney)

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; died in a car crash on the M11 in Essex),[7] and Rhys William (born 1976).[8] 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.[9] The actor "died peacefully" surrounded by his loved ones, said a statement released by his agent, his family and girlfriend Isabel Davis.[10]

Cazenove's funeral on 16 April 2010 was held at St. Paul's, Covent Garden, London.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1970 Julius Caesar Servant to Mark Antony
There's a Girl in My Soup Nigel
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 Lt. Coghill
1981 Eye of the Needle David
From a Far Country Tadek
1983 Heat and Dust Douglas Rivers, the Assistant Collector Merchant Ivory Film)
1984 Until September Philip
1985 Jenny's War
Mata Hari Karl von Bayerling
1986 The Fantasist Inspector McMyler
1988 Blind Justice Actor Also known as Hold My Hand I'm Dying
Windmills of the Gods Desforges
Tears in the Rain Michael Bredon
1989 Souvenir William Root
The Lady and the Highwayman Rudolph Vyne
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 (de) President of Clarion
2001 A Knight's Tale John Thatcher
Beginner's Luck Andrew Fontaine
2004 La Femme Musketeer Athos
2006 Alexander the Great from Macedonia Aristotle
2009 Hotel Babylon Damien Rushby



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