Clive Francis (born 26 June 1946) is a British stage, television and film actor.
His father played Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Lockhart in the 1960s series No Hiding Place. His mother played Jira, Anakin Skywalker's friend, in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999.
Clive Francis began his acting career at the age of 16 as a Penguin Player and has acted on stage, radio, television and to a lesser extent, in films.
He is also a noted caricaturist and has had several exhibitions. His caricatures have appeared on the covers for books written by actor Alec Guinness and a biography of John Gielgud, and has had several books of his caricatures published, including There Is Nothing Like a Dane (Hamlet) and There Is Nothing Like a Thane (Macbeth).
His first television role was playing Tommy Traddles opposite Ian McKellen (playing the title role) in the 1966 production of Charles Dickens[better source needed] David Copperfield.[better source needed]
Francis considers his part as Mr. Sloane in the ITV Playhouse production of Entertaining Mr Sloane in 1968 as his first important television role, appearing alongside the likes of Shelia Hancock and Edward Woodward. He states on his website that the play was taped just a week after Joe Orton (the author) was murdered.
Francis played the character of Willoughby in the BBC's 1971 production of Sense and Sensibility. In the BBC's popular first adaptation of Poldark (1975–76), he brought to life Ross Poldark's weak, troubled and debt-ridden cousin Francis. Francis delivered a credible and creditable performance of this emotionally deep character.
In 1984, Francis guest starred in episode five, "The Man with the Twisted Lip," of the series Sherlock Holmes, as Neville St Clair.
Clive Francis has guest-starred in dozens of other television programmes, including Yes, Prime Minister, in which he played Luke, who, the Prime Minister is told, is a spy for the Foreign Office, a department whose policy is often in conflict with the PM's.
Francis is married to the actress Natalie Ogle; they have two children.
- Inspector Clouseau (1968)
- The Man Who Had Power Over Women (1970)
- Girl Stroke Boy (1971)
- Villain (1971)
- A Clockwork Orange (1971)
- Pierrepoint (2005)
- Macmillan: "There is Nothing Like a Dane!". Accessed 13 February 2013
- David Copperfield
- David Copperfield (1966 TV serial)
- "Town Hall, Birmingham". Retrieved 1994-08-18. Check date values in:
- 84 Charing Cross Road Programme. The Salisbury Playhouse. 2015.