Edwin Richfield

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Edwin Richfield
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in The Avengers (1961)
Edwin Ronald Richfield

(1921-09-11)11 September 1921
London England, UK
Died2 August 1990(1990-08-02) (aged 68)
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK
Years active1949–1988
Spouse(s)Jan Holden (1952–1973) (divorced) 3 children

Edwin Richfield (11 September 1921 – 2 August 1990) was an English actor.[1]

His film credits include: X the Unknown, Quatermass 2, The Camp on Blood Island, The Face of Fu Manchu and Quatermass and the Pit.[2]

He starred in the 1959 television series Interpol Calling.[3] He was The Odd Man in Granada TV's series of the same name in the early 1960s.[4][5]

Richfield played regular guest roles in the 1960s spy series The Avengers, frequently cast as a villain. He was the only actor – other than Patrick Macnee – to have appeared in each of the six seasons of the programme.[6]

Other television roles include: R3, 199 Park Lane, Gideon's Way, Danger Man, Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, Adam Adamant Lives!, The Baron, Champion House, Out of the Unknown, The Owl Service, UFO, Bergerac, Crossroads, Doctor Who (The Sea Devils and The Twin Dilemma), and All Creatures Great and Small.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

While they were both playing in repertory Richfield met the Lancashire-born actress Valerie Jeanne Wilkinson (1931-2005), known by her stage name of Jan Holden, who had spent much of her childhood in India. They were married in 1952, while they were both appearing in a stage version of The Blue Lamp. She became known for her performances in light comedy, making her West End debut in 1958 and appearing in several popular television series during the 1950s and 1960s. The couple would have three children together, twin girls (Jan Holden herself had a twin brother) and a boy, Simon. The marriage broke down in 1973. While Richfield never remarried, in 1988 Holden married her second husband, Louis Manson, a solicitor and businessman, who had two daughters and four sons from a previous marriage.

Selected filmography[edit]

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  1. ^ "Edwin Richfield". BFI.
  2. ^ "Edwin Richfield". TV Guide.
  3. ^ "Network ON AIR > Interpol Calling: The Complete Series:". networkonair.com. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  4. ^ "The Odd Man". BFI.
  5. ^ "THE ODD MAN (A KIND OF WILD JUSTICE)". itnsource.com.
  6. ^ a b "Edwin Richfield movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography". AllMovie.
  7. ^ "Edwin Richfield". aveleyman.com.