Clive Francis

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Clive Francis (born 26 June 1946) is a British stage, television and film actor.

Early life[edit]

He is the son of actors Raymond Francis and Margaret Towner. He was born in Eastbourne, Sussex.

His late 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).[1]


Francis appeared as Joe the Lodger in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). His other films include Inspector Clouseau (1968), Girl Stroke Boy (1971), and Villain (1971) with Richard Burton.


Francis starred in the series The 10%ers; The Piglet Files (which used his caricatures in the credits) and May to December. He has guest-starred in dozens of other programmes, including Yes, Prime Minister, in which he played Luke, who, the Prime Minister is told, is a spy for the Foreign Office, whose policy is often in conflict with the PM's.

He also played Ross Poldark's cousin Francis in Poldark, the popular BBC series; and Willoughby in its 1971 production of Sense and Sensibility.

In the 1976 television adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra, he portrayed Apollodorus.

Francis appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in Saturday, Sunday, Monday, a play which was part of the Laurence Olivier Presents series for Granada TV.

He followed his father into television's re-creation of Scotland Yard when he played Det. Sgt. Dexter in New Scotland Yard in 1974.

In 1981, Francis played the Roman officer and imperial spy Attius in the ABC miniseries Masada.

In 1984, Francis guest starred in episode five, "The Man with the Twisted Lip," of the series Sherlock Holmes, as Neville St Clair.


His first West End appearance was in There's A Girl In My Soup opposite Donald Sinden.

He regularly tours his one-man version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol,[2] as well as his anthology Merely Players (also with Sinden).

In December 2007, he performed his one-man version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo as part of the British Theatre Season, Monaco.

In February 2015, he played the part of Frank Doel in the Salisbury Playhouse's production of 84, Charing Cross Road.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Francis is married to the actress Natalie Ogle; they have two children.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Macmillan: "There is Nothing Like a Dane!". Accessed 13 February 2013
  2. ^ "Town Hall, Birmingham". Retrieved 1994-08-18.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ 84 Charing Cross Road Programme. The Salisbury Playhouse. 2015. 

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