Francis Matthews (actor)
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2 September 1927|
York, England, UK
|Died||14 June 2014(aged 86)|
|Education||St Michael's Jesuit College, Leeds|
|Spouse(s)||Angela Browne (m. 1963; d. 2001)|
|Family||Paul Shelley (brother)|
Francis Matthews (2 September 1927 – 14 June 2014) was an English actor best known for playing Paul Temple in the BBC television series of the same name and for voicing Captain Scarlet in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
Matthews was born in York. He attended St George's RC Primary School there, then St Michael's Jesuit College in Leeds, and started his acting career in Leeds repertory theatre, before service in the Royal Navy.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Matthews' film roles for Hammer Studios included the Baron's assistant in The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) and the heroes of Dracula: Prince of Darkness and Rasputin, the Mad Monk (both 1966). On television, from 1969 to 1971, he played Francis Durbridge's amateur private detective Paul Temple in the BBC series of the same name.
Matthews starred opposite Morecambe and Wise in the films The Intelligence Men (1965) and That Riviera Touch (1966), leading to a close friendship with Eric Morecambe. He also appeared throughout the 1960s and 1970s in a variety of TV comedy roles, including Eric & Ernie's Christmas Show, 1977. He appeared alongside George Cole in Charles Woods' sitcom Don't Forget To Write! (1977) as a successful writer.
In 1967 Matthews supplied the voice of Captain Scarlet for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Supermarionation TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. In the late 1970s, he served as narrator and host for Follow Me!, a BBC educational programme that offered a "crash course" in the English language to foreign viewers.
In 1986 Matthews and his wife, Angela Browne, appeared together in the BBC adaptation of the Josephine Tey novel Brat Farrar. In 2000, they starred in two Ray Cooney plays on the cruise ship MS Marco Polo, while she was sailing to the Antarctic: Run For Your Wife and Funny Money.
Matthews was married to the actress Angela Browne from 1963 until her death in 2001. Two of their three sons, Damien Matthews and Paul Rattigan, are actors; the other, Dominic, is an artist and musician. Matthews' younger brother, Paul Shelley, is also an actor.
- Bhowani Junction (1956)
- Small Hotel (1957)
- The Mark of the Hawk (1957)
- I Only Arsked! (1958)
- The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
- Corridors of Blood (1958)
- Sentenced for Life (1960)
- The Hellfire Club (1961)
- The Treasure of Monte Cristo (1961)
- The Lamp in Assassin Mews (1962)
- Nine Hours to Rama (1963)
- A Stitch in Time (1963)
- The Beauty Jungle (1964)
- Murder Ahoy (1964)
- The Intelligence Men (1965)
- Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
- Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)
- That Riviera Touch (1966)
- Just Like a Woman (1967)
- Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–68)
- Crossplot (1969)
- Paul Temple (TV; 1969–71)
- Taste of Excitement (1970)
- Five Women for the Killer (1974)
- Do Not Disturb (1999)
- "Francis Matthews: Still on the case", Mature Times, 17 July 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2013
- Wilkie, Agnes (1986) "Smoothie and the Brat", Evening Times, 15 February 1986, p. 11. Retrieved 19 November 2013
- Gaughan, Gavin (15 June 2014). "Francis Matthews". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 June 2014.