Christopher Cazenove in Nottingham, August 2009
|Born||Christopher de Lerisson Cazenove
17 December 1943
Winchester, Hampshire, England, UK
|Died||7 April 2010
London, England, UK
|Cause of death||Septicaemia|
|Television||The Duchess of Duke Street,
|Spouse(s)||Angharad Rees (m. 1973–1994)|
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
He was born Christopher de Lerisson Cazenove, on 17 December 1943, the son of Brigadier Arnold de Lerisson Cazenove and Elizabeth Laura (née Gurney, 1914–1994) in Winchester, Hampshire, but was brought up in Bowlish, Somerset. He was educated at the Dragon School, Eton College, Durham University's College of the Venerable Bede and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
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. He also starred in the London West End production of The Importance of Being Earnest in 1994 alongside Susannah York.
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), and Rhys William (born 1976). From 2003 until his death, Cazenove's partner was Isabel Davis.
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. The actor "died peacefully" surrounded by his loved ones, said a statement released by his agent, his family and girlfriend Isabel Davis.
- Julius Caesar (1970) — Servant to Mark Antony
- There's a Girl in My Soup (1970) — Nigel
- The Regiment (1972–1973)
- Omnibus: The British Hero (1973 BBC TV documentary/selected dramatised scenes) — Heroes: Tom Brown, Richard Hannay, Beau Geste, Bulldog Drummond and James Bond
- Royal Flash (1975) — Eric Hansen
- Duchess of Duke Street (1976–77) — Charles "Charlie" Tyrrell
- East of Elephant Rock (1977) — Robert Proudfoot
- La petite fille en velours bleu (aka Little Girl in Blue Velvet) (1978) — Baby
- Zulu Dawn (1979) — Lt. Coghill
- Hammer House of Horror (1980) Episode: "Children of the Full Moon" — Tom Martin
- Eye of the Needle (1981) — David
- From a Far Country (1981) — Tadek
- Heat and Dust (1983, Merchant Ivory Film) — Douglas Rivers, the Assistant Collector
- Until September (1984) — Philip
- Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1984) Episode: "In Possession" — Frank Daly
- Jenny's War (1985)
- Mata Hari (1985) — Karl von Bayerling
- The Fantasist (1986) — Inspector McMyler
- Dynasty (1986–1987) — Ben Carrington
- Blind Justice (aka Hold My Hand I'm Dying) (1988) — Actor
- Windmills of the Gods (1988) — Desforges
- Tears in the Rain (1988) — Michael Bredon
- Souvenir (1989) — William Root
- The Lady and the Highwayman (1989) — Rudolph Vyne
- 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990) — Edward Hargreave
- Aces: Iron Eagle III (1992) — Palmer
- The Proprietor (1996, Merchant Ivory Film) — Elliott Spencer
- Shadow Run (1998) — Melchior
- Contaminated Man (2000) — President of Clarion
- A Knight's Tale (2001) — John Thatcher
- Beginner's Luck (2001) — Andrew Fontaine
- La Femme Musketeer (2004) - Athos
- Alexander the Great from Macedonia (2006) — Aristotle
- Hotel Babylon (2009) — Damien Rushby
- "Christopher Cazenove actor". The Times (London). 9 April 2010.
- "Septicemia Kills Actor Christopher Cazenove". CBS News. 8 April 2010.
- Anthony Hayward Obituary: Christopher Cazenove, The Guardian, 8 April 2010
- MSNBC report of Cazenove's death
- Film Reference biography
- "Somerset-bred star of small and big screen dies". Shepton Mallet Journal. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
- Welsh actress pays tribute to her son
- Online Video Websites Database biography
- TV star "Christopher Cazenove fights for life after collapsing at home", Daily Mail
- "Former Dynasty star Christopher Cazenove dies"
- Notice of Cazenove's death, 7 April 2010
- "Dynasty's Joan Collins and Stephanie Beacham bid farewell to former co-star Christopher Cazenove"
- Christopher Cazenove at the Internet Movie Database
- BBC profile
- NY Times filmography
- Daily Mail report and photos
- Obituary in The Daily Telegraph
- Obituary in The Times