Clive Russell

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Clive Russell
Russell (left) and actor Lee Ousby on the right, July 2010 – Touching the Blue (aka The Deaf Prompt)
Born (1945-12-07) 7 December 1945 (age 70)
Reeth, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1960–present

Clive Russell (born 7 December 1945) is a British actor.

Life and career[edit]

Russell was born in Winchester, England but brought up in Fife, Scotland.[1]

Russell first performed before an audience in 1960 on The Shari Lewis Show, but it was not until 1980 that he had his first real acting job – performing on the London stage as the superintendent in Nobel Prize-winner Dario Fo's satire Accidental Death of an Anarchist, about police corruption in Italy. The reviews were good, and he reprised that role for television in 1983. After further honing his skills in various British TV productions and a handful of films – including Jute City, The Power of One, The Hawk and Seconds Out – Russell received exposure before international audiences as Caleb Garth in the celebrated BBC miniseries Middlemarch, based on the George Eliot novel of the same name. A year later, he fell in love on the movie screen with Helena Bonham Carter in Margaret's Museum, for which he earned a Genie nomination at the 16th Genie Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. After more TV roles and another film, Russell played Ralph Fiennes' father in another critically acclaimed film, Oscar and Lucinda . Growing recognition of his acting skills then brought him major roles in four major TV miniseries: Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, The Railway Children and The Mists of Avalon.


Russell is a familiar and unforgettable face on British television and has appeared in numerous television series including Boys from the Blackstuff,[2] Hope and Glory, Neverwhere, Great Expectations,[3] The Mists of Avalon,[4] Heartburn Hotel,[5] Roughnecks, Monarch of the Glen, Waking the Dead,[6] Silent Witness, Rockface, and Spaced. Russell has also made appearances in Still Game, Happiness, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Cracker. From 2005 to 2006, Russell played Phil Nail in ITV's Coronation Street. Russell made an appearance in Waterloo Road as Lisa and Lenny Brown's grandfather for one episode.

He has appeared as Jock in the third series of the BBC's Jam and Jerusalem, as "Bayard, King of Mercia" in Merlin and in Hotel Babylon as an artist forced to fake his own death when he is in debt. In 2012, he was cast as Brynden "The Blackfish" Tully in the HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones.[7]


In Margaret's Museum, a highly acclaimed film, he starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter as the Gaelic-speaking Neil Currie. Russell's other film credits include Festival, Ladies in Lavender, King Arthur, Made of Honour, Lecture 21, The 13th Warrior and The Wolfman.

He made an appearance in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes as Captain Tanner, and reprised the role in the film's 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. He appeared in the 2010 film The Wolfman as MacQueen. Russell also appeared in Robin Hardy's The Wicker Tree which was released in the first quarter of 2012, playing the character of Beame alongside the Hobbit star Graham McTavish.

He currently plays Inspector Frederick Abberline in BBC One's Ripper Street (2012 - present). He played Tyr in the live-action film Thor: The Dark World (2013).

Edinburgh Fringe 2010[edit]

In 2010, Russell made his debut one-man show Touching the Blue.[8]


1992 The Power of One Sgt. Bormann
1993 The Hawk
1997 Oscar and Lucinda Theophilius
1999 The 13th Warrior Helfdane
2002 Mad Dogs Thin man
2003 The Mayor of Casterbridge (TV film) Newson
2004 Ladies in Lavender Adam Penruddocke
2004 King Arthur Lancelot's Father
2004 The Rocket Post Angus Mackay
2005 Faith (TV film) Gordon
2005 Heartless Ricky
2006 Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy (TV film) McPherson
2007 The Yellow House (TV film) Monsieur Roulin
2007 Joe's Place (TV film) Dave
2008 Made of Honour Cousin Finlay
2008 Lecture 21 Hoffmeister
2008 Merlin Bayard
2009 Book of Blood Wyburd
2009 Sherlock Holmes Capt. Tanner
2009 The Bill Danny Travis (2 episodes)[9][10]
2010 The Wolfman Maqueen
2010 Cup Cake Mute McGill
2010 The Fighter's Ballad Father John
2011 The Wicker Tree Beame
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Capt. Tanner[4]
2012-14 Ripper Street (TV series) Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline (14 episodes)
2013 Mary, Queen of Scots Douglas
2013 Thor: The Dark World Tyr
2013 The List Peter
2013-present Game of Thrones (TV series) Brynden Tully (5 episodes)


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