Colin McFarlane

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Colin McFarlane
Born Colin Andrew Ignatius Peter McFarlane
(1961-09-15) 15 September 1961 (age 56)
Clapton, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, Voice actor
Years active 1984–present

Colin Andrew Ignatius Peter McFarlane (born 15 September 1961) is a British actor and voice actor.


McFarlane was born in Clapton, London, England, to Jamaican parents. He attended the Perse School, Cambridge, and later graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Drama. He has a son named Joshua, who starred in a Barclays advert.


He has appeared in several TV series, including The Fast Show, Judge John Deed, Jonathan Creek, Randall & Hopkirk, Jeeves and Wooster, Black Books and The Thin Blue Line. He is also known for portraying Police commissioner Gillian B. Loeb in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. In 2006 he appeared in the fourth episode of the sixth series of the BBC Three comedy series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. He voiced God and Goliath on Testament: The Bible in Animation. He was also the voice of JJ and Skip in Bob the Builder.

McFarlane appeared in the third series of Torchwood, Children of Earth as the American military representative and as the narrator on the ITV gameshow The Cube. He is also the voice of Greg in the Buzz! series of videogames. In 2008, he appeared in M.I. High (Series 2, episode 4) as Maximus Fiticus.

He starred as the evil Dr Muhahahaha on the CBBC show Hounded.

On 6 September 2010 McFarlane appeared in an episode of Coronation Street as a consultant neurosurgeon, Mr Jordan.

McFarlane voiced the character Avalon Centrifuge in the 2011 video game LittleBigPlanet 2.

His voice acting career was expanded with the release of the second Castlevania: Lords of Shadow downloadable content, Resurrection. He voices the "Forgotten One", central enemy of the two DLCs.[1]

McFarlane starred in children's animation Oscar's Orchestra, a cartoon about a brave piano's fight against an evil dictator's war against music. He played the part of Thadius Vent, the dictator.

McFarlane starred in Holby City as the father of a patient in late August 2011.[2]

He appeared in the first episode of Dirk Gently playing the character Terence Brown.

In 2013, McFarlane appeared with Lenny Henry in a critically acclaimed revival of August Wilson's Fences at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End.

Children and parents may recognise him as the voice of Elvis the horse in Iconicles and of Sparky the dragon in Mike the Knight.

On 24 April 2014, McFarlane starred as DCI Irving in EastEnders as part of the "Who Killed Lucy Beale?" storyline.

In July 2014, McFarlane lent his vocal talents to the original audio drama Osiris by Everybodyelse Productions. He plays US General Trent Stone.

In 2015 he guest-starred in Casualty playing Clifton Duheney.

In 2015, McFarlane appeared as Anton Burrage in the BBC TV series Death in Paradise episode 4.6.

McFarlane played a character known as Moran during the episodes "Under the Lake" and "Before the Flood", in the ninth series of Doctor Who[3] from 2015.

He voices characters in the video game Batman: Arkham Knight.

In 2016 McFarlane appeared in the BBC series Father Brown, as Cardinal Papillon in the episode 4.5, "The Daughter of Autolycus".

In 2016 and 2017, McFarlane voiced the Judge in the comedy series Porridge.

In August 2017, McFarlane voices Bulgy the Double Decker Bus and Beresford the Crane in Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor.[4]

He will play Colonel Pierce in upcoming movie Patient Zero, which also stars Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, scheduled for release in 2016.[5]

McFarlane voiced several characters in the episode "The Sweater" of The Amazing World of Gumball.[citation needed].

McFarlane voiced Commander Horton in the 1997 video game G-Police.

McFarlane voiced Jonah in the 1997 animated series Captain Pugwash.


  1. ^ Jorge Bocanegra, "DailyVania: Meet The Voice Of The Forgotten One", 1 July 2011, Rely on Horror.
  2. ^ "The First Rule of Office Relationships", Holby City, BBC, 23 August 2011.
  3. ^ The Doctor Who Team (14 January 2015). "Filming Begins on Doctor Who, Series 9". Doctor Who. BBC One. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  4. ^ McFarlane, Colin (11 May 2017). "Yes!! Didn't know it was out!!...well spotted :)". Twitter. Retrieved 10 June 2017. [non-primary source needed]
  5. ^ "Patient Zero (2016)", IMDb.

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