Hugh Fraser (actor)

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Hugh Fraser
Hugh Matthew Fraser

(1945-10-23) 23 October 1945 (age 73)
Other namesHugh Frazer
Years active1956–present
Belinda Lang (m. 1988)

Hugh Matthew Fraser (born 23 October 1945)[1] is an English actor, theatre director and author.

Early life[edit]

Born in Westminster in 1945,[2] but brought up in the Midlands, Fraser studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. As a member of folk band Telltale, Hugh co-wrote and performed the theme music for Rainbow, the iconic ITV children's television series.


Fraser's first big break came after portraying Anthony Eden in the 1978 television series Edward & Mrs. Simpson, with Edward Fox, after which he was frequently cast as upper class or aristocratic characters, such as Mr Talmann in Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract.

He has regularly appeared on film and in television and is best known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot opposite David Suchet, and his role as the Duke of Wellington (replacing David Troughton) in the Sharpe television series. He has also narrated Poirot audiobooks, including Elephants Can Remember.

In the 1980s, he appeared in the BBC thriller Edge of Darkness. Fraser can be frequently heard narrating the audiobooks of Christie's works, which are currently published by HarperCollins publishers. In recent years, he has been an associate tutor, director and member of the audition panel at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, specialising in Shakespeare.[3][4] Fraser has also directed several plays, most notably a production of David Mamet's adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, which was staged at Wilton's Music Hall in London in January 2007, with Rachael Stirling as Yelena.[5][6]

His film credits include Curse of the Pink Panther, 101 Dalmatians and Patriot Games along with his Sharpe co-star Sean Bean. He has also worked in theatre, playing Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1979. He has guest starred in the Doctor Who audio dramas Circular Time (2007) and Cradle of the Snake (2010), and in 2003, alongside Martin Shaw in Death in Holy Orders.

Fraser has also become an author; his first novel, Harm, was published in 2015, followed by Threat in 2016.[7] The third in the Rina Walker series, Malice, came out in October 2017.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to the actress Belinda Lang and has one daughter, Lily.[9]

Selected film and television roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 Deviation
1976 The Ritz Disc Jockey
1977 The Man in the Iron Mask Montfleury TV movie
1977 The Duellists
1978 Edward & Mrs. Simpson Anthony Eden TV Mini-Series, 2 episodes
1979 Hanover Street Capt. Harold Lester
1982 Firefox Police Inspector Tortyev
1982 Cloud Howe Robert Colquhoun TV Series, 4 episodes
1982 The Draughtsman's Contract Mr Talmann
1982 The Missionary Usher at Wedding
1983 Tales of the Unexpected Paul Standing TV Series, episode "Clerical Error"
1983 Curse of the Pink Panther Dr. Arno Stang
1983 Reilly, Ace of Spies George Hill TV Mini-Series, 6 episodes
1985 Edge of Darkness Robert Bennett TV Mini-Series, 4 episodes
1987 Murder on the Bluebell Line Sherlock Holmes TV Series, Documentary
1988 Codename: Kyril Peter Jackson TV Mini-Series, 4 episodes
1988 Jack the Ripper Sir Charles Warren TV Series, 2 episodes
1990 Lorna Doone King James II TV movie
1992 Patriot Games Geoffrey Watkins
1996 101 Dalmatians Frederick
2001 The Lost Battalion Gen. DeCoppet TV movie
2003 Death in Holy Orders George Gregory TV Mini-Series, 2 episodes
2004 The Baby Juice Express Arthur Burnett CBE
2004 The Alan Clark Diaries Tristan Garel-Jones TV Series, 6 episodes
2004 New Tricks Paul Adamson TV Series, 1 episode
1994-2006 Sharpe Duke of Wellington TV Movie
2010 Jackboots on Whitehall BBC Newsreader / Gaston Voice
1989-2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Captain Arthur Hastings TV Series, 43 episodes
2016 With Love From... Suffolk Sat Nav Voice


  1. ^ Fraser, Hugh (8 October 2017). "23 October 1945. Your sincere wishes most appreciated Dinah". @realhughfraser. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Special Programs". Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  5. ^ Uncle Vanya The Stage, 29 January 2007
  6. ^ "London Theatre News, Reviews, Interviews and more". whatsonstage. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  7. ^ Fraser, Hugh (1 June 2017). Malice – Book 3 in the Rina Walker series. S.l.: Urbane Publications. ISBN 9781911583066.
  8. ^ Harm: Hugh Fraser: 9780993264917: Books. ISBN 978-0993264917.
  9. ^ Feinstein, Sharon (2 May 1999). "The Interview: Belinda Lang – Our marriage is perfect even though I'm so bossy". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 30 August 2010.

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