Edward Burnham

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Edward Burnham
Born(1916-12-25)25 December 1916
Died30 June 2015(2015-06-30) (aged 98)
Years active1938–2003

Edward Burnham (25 December 1916 – 30 June 2015) was an English actor whose career spanned over 60 years.

Early years[edit]

Burnham was born in Lincolnshire, England, 25 December 1916.[1]


Burnham is best known for the films To Sir, with Love (1967), The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and 10 Rillington Place (1971), and for twice appearing in Doctor Who in The Invasion (1968) and Robot (1974/5).[2] His other television roles include Z-Cars, The Saint, The Avengers, The Troubleshooters, Special Branch, Crown Court, Thriller, Rumpole of the Bailey, Crossroads, Tales of the Unexpected, The Gentle Touch, All Creatures Great and Small, The Bill, Swiss Toni and Black Books. His other films have included When Eight Bells Toll (1971), Young Winston (1972), The Hiding Place (1974), Coming Out of the Ice (1982), Little Dorrit (1987) and Dark Obsession (1989).

Until his death in 2015, Burnham was the second-oldest-living actor to have appeared in Doctor Who, behind centenarian Olaf Pooley.


Burnham died aged 98, on 30 June 2015[3] at his home in England.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1967 To Sir, with Love Florian
1971 10 Rillington Place Medical Board #2
1971 When Eight Bells Toll Macullum
1971 The Abominable Dr. Phibes Dr. Dunwoody
1972 Young Winston Henry Labouchere
1975 The Hiding Place Underground Leader
1976 The Copter Kids Mr. Owen
1982 Friend or Foe Mr. Cooper
1984 Memed, My Hawk Naked Man
1987 Little Dorrit Daniel Doyce
1989 Diamond Skulls John the Gardener


  1. ^ a b Lentz III, Harris (August 2015). "Obituaries". Classic Images (482): 49–56.
  2. ^ "Edward Burnham". nytimes.com. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  3. ^ Edward Burnham 1916–2015. doctorwhonews.net. Retrieved 2 July 2015.

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