Derek Ware (actor)

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Derek Arthur Ware

(1938-02-27)27 February 1938
Died22 September 2015(2015-09-22) (aged 77)
OccupationActor, stuntman

Derek Arthur Ware (27 February 1938 – 22 September 2015)[1] was an English actor and stuntman, active from the late 1950s through the 1990s.[2][3]

Ware's parents were Arthur, a music hall performer, and his wife Margaret. After graduating from RADA in 1957, his earliest television work was on the BBC's cycle of Shakespeare's history plays, An Age of Kings (1960), as both actor and stunt arranger.[4][5] For the director Peter Watkins, Ware was involved in the production of the docudramas, Culloden (1964) and The War Game (1966),[1] both for the BBC.[6][7]

Ware was a stuntman and fight arranger for the early seasons of Doctor Who on which his company Havoc, founded in 1966, was involved as well as many other television shows into the 1970s, for both the BBC and ITV.[2] The company entirely dominating the stunt work field for a time, but had been dissolved by the end of the 1970s.[1] He worked on Z-Cars, the original The Italian Job (1969), in which he also played the role of Rozzer, and later, on EastEnders.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Primitives Philip
1966 The Idol Labourer
1967 Far from the Madding Crowd Corporal
1968 Up the Junction Ted's Friend
1968 Witchfinder General Boy at Hoxne Inn
1969 The Italian Job Rozzer
1976 Shout at the Devil German crewman Uncredited
1976 The Battle of Billy's Pond Driver's Mate Children's Film Foundation
1978 Give Us Tomorrow 2nd Bank Robber
1984 John Wycliffe: The Morning Star Peasant #1
1986 Sky Bandits Alphonse
1986 God's Outlaw Friar Stafford
1992 Revenge of Billy the Kid PC Bob Peel (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c Hadoke, Toby (19 October 2015). "Derek Ware obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Derek Ware: Actor and stunt choreographer in 'The Italian Job'". The Independent. October 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Derek Ware | Theatricalia".
  4. ^ "Derek Ware — RADA".
  5. ^ "Derek Ware". BFI.
  6. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Culloden (1964) Credits".
  7. ^ "BFI Screenonline: War Game, The (1966) Credits".
  8. ^ "Doctor Who stuntman Derek Ware dies, aged 77". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 February 2016.

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