|Born||4 January 1930|
|Died||4 September 2009 (aged 79)|
(m. 1964; div. 1988)
Iain Cuthbertson (4 January 1930 – 4 September 2009) was a Scottish character actor and theatre director. He was known for his tall imposing build and also his distinctive gravelly, heavily accented voice. He had lead roles in The Borderers (1968–70),Tom Brown's Schooldays (1971), Budgie (1971–72), its spinoff Charles Endell Esquire (1979–80), Danger UXB (1979) and Sutherland's Law (1973–76), as well as the films The Railway Children (1970), and Gorillas in the Mist (1988). He guest starred in many prominent British shows including The Avengers, Dr. Finlay's Casebook, The Onedin Line, Survivors, Ripping Yarns, Doctor Who, Z-Cars, Juliet Bravo, Rab C. Nesbitt, Minder, Inspector Morse and Agatha Christie's Poirot.
Born in 1930, the son of the biochemist Sir David Cuthbertson, and brought up in Glasgow, he was educated at Glasgow Academy. He moved to Aberdeen with his family and attended Aberdeen Grammar School and the University of Aberdeen, where he graduated with an MA honours degree in French and Spanish. His first break as an actor was on radio while at university.
He spent two years' national service in the Black Watch. During that time he was ordered to act as prisoner's friend at the court martial of a soldier accused of appearing late on parade, and then assaulting his superior officer when he eventually did turn up. He managed to get the soldier cleared of the more serious charge.
Cuthbertson started acting at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in 1958 and became General Manager and Director of Productions in 1962. In that year the theatre hosted an exhibition of work by the artist Stewart Bowman Johnson He played William Wallace in the Edinburgh International Festival production of Sydney Goodsir Smith's play, The Wallace, in August 1960, giving what the playwright Robert McLellan described as "one of the few great performances in the history of the Scottish Theatre".
His most memorable television role was as the eponymous Procurator Fiscal in the long running Sutherland's Law, a television series made by BBC Scotland between 1973 and 1976. The series had originated as a stand-alone edition of the portmanteau programme Drama Playhouse in 1972 in which Derek Francis played Sutherland and was then commissioned as an ongoing series: the producer was Frank Cox. Sutherland's Law dealt with the duties of the Procurator Fiscal in a small Scottish town. The major cast members included Cuthbertson (as John Sutherland), Gareth Thomas, Moultrie Kelsall, Victor Carin, Martin Cochrane, Maev Alexander and Edith MacArthur.
A rather different achievement was his portrayal of the criminal and businessman Charlie Endell in both Budgie (London Weekend Television/ITV) with Adam Faith (1971–72) and its sequel Charles Endell Esquire (Scottish Television/ITV) in 1979.
Other roles include the lead in The Borderers (BBC, 1968–70), Tom Brown's Schooldays (BBC, 1971) (as Thomas Arnold), The Stone Tape (BBC, 1972), Children of the Stones (HTV/ITV, 1977), The Voyage of Charles Darwin, Danger UXB (Thames Television/ITV, 1979), The House With Green Shutters (BBC, 1980). He appeared in the pilot episode of Rab C Nesbitt (1988) as a magistrate.
He suffered a crippling stroke in January 1982, which forced him to give up theatre for fear of forgetting his lines. He resumed television and film work, though, as his lines could be written on crib boards. His first role following his stroke was as the villainous Scunner Campbell in Super Gran (Tyne Tees Television/ITV, 1985). In 1989 he played the villain Brett Savernake in the episode of Campion entitled "Sweet Danger".
Minor parts in ongoing series include appearances in Z-Cars (BBC), The Avengers (ABC/ITV), Inspector Morse (Central Television/ITV), Bulman (Granada Television/ITV), Ripping Yarns (BBC), The Duchess of Duke Street, Colonel Mannering in Adam Adamant Lives! story D For Destruction (1966) and Garron in the Doctor Who story The Ribos Operation. He also appeared in: Diamond Crack Diamond, The Onedin Line (BBC), Survivors (BBC), Scotch on the Rocks, The Adventures of Black Beauty (London Weekend/ITV), Minder (ITV), The Ghosts of Motley Hall (Granada/ITV), Juliet Bravo (BBC), Casualty (BBC), The Mourning Brooch, Casting the Runes and McPhee the Mother and Me.
On film, he appeared as Charles Waterbury in The Railway Children (1970).
He suffered a severe stroke in 1982, which caused paralysis down one side of his body and speech loss. It took him almost two years to recover sufficiently to be able to act again. Although he avoided live theatre work thereafter, owing to a fear of forgetting and/or stumbling on lines, he was still able to take parts in films and television. He died in 2009 at Ayr Hospital and was cremated.
|1970||The Railway Children||Charles Waterbury||Lionel Jeffries|
|1972||Up the Chastity Belt||Teutonic Knight||Bob Kellett|
|1984||John Wycliffe: The Morning Star||Chancellor Rigg||Tony Tew|
|1985||The Assam Garden||Arthur||Mary McMurray|
|1986||Smart Money||Mr. Whyte||Bernard Rose|
|1988||Gorillas in the Mist||Dr. Louis Leakey||Michael Apted|
|1989||Scandal||Lord Hailsham||Michael Caton-Jones|
|1989||The Clouds||Voice||Patrick Keiller||Short film|
|1991||Let Him Have It||Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe||Peter Medak|
|1994||Chasing the Deer||Tullibardine||Graham Holloway|
|1998||The Tichborne Claimant||Dr. McKechnie||David Yates|
|2001||Strictly Sinatra||Connolly||Peter Capaldi|
|1957||The Boy David||Goliath of Gath||Television film|
|1959||Guilty Together||Jock Macdonald||Television film|
|1960||Para Handy - Master Mariner||Hurricane Jack||1.03 "A Happy New Year"|
|1960||ITV Play of the Week||Judd||6.14 "The Accomplices"|
|1962||BBC Sunday-Night Play||Provost Thomson||3.24 "Storm in a Teacup"|
|1966||The Wednesday Play||Major Mallet||1.63 "Toddler on the Run"|
|1966||Adam Adamant Lives!||Colonel Mannering||1.16 "D for Destruction"|
|1966||ITV Sunday Night Drama||Aegetes||1.12 "Four Triumphant: St Andrew"|
|1966||This Man Craig||Campbell Maddox||2.13 "Fresh Off the Boat"|
|1967||Sir Arthur Conan Doyle||Dr. Markham||1.05 "Crabbe's Practice"|
|1968-1970||The Borderers||Sir Walter Ker of Cessford||26 episodes|
|1969||The Avengers||Kruger||7.27 "Thingumajig"|
|1969||Mogul||King Watt||5.24 "This Place Is a Paradise, Mister"|
|1969||ITV Playhouse||Mr. Campbell QC||2.37 "Justice Is a Woman"|
|1970||Department S||Kendall||2.15 "Spencer Bodily Is Sixty Years Old"|
|1970||Manhunt||Helldorf||1.10 "With a Sort of Love"|
|1970||Thirty-Minute Theatre||William Stead||5.30 "Lilly: Part 1"|
5.31 "Lilly: Part 2"
|1970||Diamond Crack Diamond||Mark Terson||4 episodes|
|1971||Dr. Finlay's Casebook||The Provost||8.16 "The Burgess Ticket"|
|1971-1972||Budgie||Charlie Endell||24 episodes|
|1971||Tom Brown's Schooldays||Dr. Thomas Arnold||Television miniseries|
|1971||The Onedin Line||Captain Kirkwood||1.11 "Mutiny"|
|1972||The Stone Tape||Roy Collinson||Television film|
|1972||The Adventures of Black Beauty||Sergeant Major Fletcher||1.15 "The Recruiting Sergeant"|
|1973||The New Road||Colonel Barisdale||1.02 "Col-of-the-Tricks"|
1.03 "A Kistful of Muskets"
|1973||Scotch on the Rocks||Chief Constable Blair||4 episodes|
|1973-1976||Sutherland's Law||John Sutherland||46 episodes|
|1973||The Protectors||Wyatt||2.06 "Petard"|
|1973||Arthur of the Britons||Bavick||2.09 "Daughter of the King"|
|1974||Play for Today||Headmaster||4.17 "Pidgeon: Hawk or Dove?"|
|1974||ITV Sunday Night Theatre||The Doctor||6.07 "Geography of a Horse Dreamer"|
|1974||The Pallisers||Major Mackintosh||1.14 "Part Fourteen"|
|1976||Caesar and Cleopatra||Rufio||Television film|
|1977||Children of the Stones||Rafael Hendrick / Sir Joshua Litten||Television miniseries|
|1977||The Ghosts of Motley Hall||Godfrey of Basingstoke||2.04 "Godfrey of Basingstoke"|
|1977||The Duchess of Duke Street||Vicar||2.04 "Winter Lament"|
2.12 "The Legion of the Living"
|1977||Ripping Yarns||Dr. Farson||1.04 "Murder at Moorstones Manor"|
|1977||The Sunday Drama||Gilbert Neilson||1.14 "Caledonian Cascade"|
|1978||Play for Today||Richard Cleaver||8.15 "Destiny"|
|1978||The Standard||Sir Henry Lockwood||1.07 "The Name of the Game"|
|1978||Doctor Who||Garron||16.01 "The Ribos Operation"|
|1978||Z Cars||Det. Chief Supt. Stanworth||13.02 "Departures"|
|1978||The Voyage of Charles Darwin||Dr. Robert Darwin||1.01 "I Was Considered a Very Ordinary Boy"|
1.03 "How Wide Was the Distance Between Savage and Civilised Man"
1.06 "Suppose That All Animals and All Plants Are Represented by the Branches of a Tree - The Tree of Life"
|1979||Danger UXB||Doctor Gillespie||6 episodes|
|1979||The Mourning Brooch||Dicky Doig||Television miniseries|
|1979||ITV Playhouse||Julian Karswell||11.09 Casting the Runes|
|1979-1980||Charles Endell, Esq||Charlie Endell||6 episodes|
|1979||The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game||Lankester||1.05 "Horsenap"|
|1980||We, the Accused||Inspector Boltro||Television miniseries|
|1980||The Dick Emery Christmas Show: For Whom the Jingle Bells Toll||Jock 'The Razor' Fraser||Television film|
|1981||The Walls of Jericho||Alexander Russell||1.01 "Oh, Sophia!"|
1.02 "Order of Battle"
1.03 "Sunshine and Storm"
|1981||Vice Versa||Dr. Grimstone||7 episodes|
|1982||Rep||J.C. Benton||Television miniseries|
|1983||Storyboard||Editor||1.06 "Lytton's Diary"|
|1984||The Glory Boys||Minister||1.03 "Episode Three"|
|1984||Juliet Bravo||Defence Counsel||5.07 "Lost and Found"|
|1985||Off Peak||Dick Corbett||Television film|
|1985-1987||Super Gran||The Scunner Campbell||27 episodes|
|1986||First Among Equals||Colin Dawson||1.02 "Episode Two"|
|1986||The Return of the Antelope||Dr. McMurdo||2.02 "Philippa's Brave Deed"|
|1986||The Stamp of Greatness||Sir Arthur Conan Doyle||1.01 "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes"|
|1987||Bulman||Desmond Geraldine||2.02 "Death by Misadventure"|
|1987||The Venus de Milo Instead||Headmaster||Television film|
|1987||A Perfect Spy||Makepeace Watermaster||1.01 "Episode One"|
|1988||Hannay||Sheriff Elliston||1.05 "Act of Riot"|
|1988||Ten Great Writers of the Modern World||Mynheer Peeperkorn||1.05 "Thomas Mann's 'The Magic Mountain'"|
|1988||The Ray Bradbury Theatre||Prosecuting Counsel||2.07 "Punishment Without Crime"|
|1988||Rab C. Nesbitt||Drunk Man||1.01 "Seasonal Greet"|
|1989||Minder||Bernard McKenna||7.06 "The Wrong Goodbye"|
|1989||The Justice Game||Jack Flynn||4 episodes|
|1989||Screenplay||Seer of Lublin||4.08 "The Spirit of Man"|
Segment: "The Night of Simhat Torah"
|1989||Hard Cases||Magistrate||2.07 "Episode Seven"|
|1989||City Lights||Dr. Davis||4.02 "Play It Again, Willie"|
|1990||Campion||Brett Savanake||2.01 "Sweet Danger"|
|1990||Inspector Morse||Desmond McNutt||4.04 "Masonic Mysteries"|
|1990||Rab C. Nesbitt||Sheriff||1.03 "City of Culture"|
|1990-1991||Screenplay||Edgar / Julian Vlad||5.02 "Antonia and Jane"|
5.12 "Shoot the Revolution"
|1992||Rab C. Nesbitt||Judge||2.04 "That's Entertainment"|
|1992||The Guilty||Lord Chancellor||Television film|
|1993||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Gervase Chevenix||5.07 "Dead Man's Mirror"|
|1994||Headhunters||Malcolm Standish||1.01 "The Golden Hello"|
|1994||Moonacre||Father Francis||6 episodes|
|1994||Seaforth||Lord Scawton||Television miniseries|
|1995||Oliver's Travels||Davidson||1.05 "Do We Look Like That?"|
|1995||The Tales of Para Handy||Angus Monroe||2.02 "Para Handy's Piper"|
|1995||Casualty||Dermot Needle||10.16 "Castles in the Air"|
|1997||Painted Lady||Charles Stafford||Television miniseries|
|1997||The Baldy Man||2.03 "Barbecue: China Doll"|
|1999||Casualty||Albert||14.01 "Calm Before the Storm: Part One"|
14.02 "Calm Before the Storm: Part Two"
|2000||Brotherly Love||Robert MacDougall||1.05 "Art and Soul"|
- 1981 Hatter's Castle as James Brodie; by A J Cronin; BBC R4 Classic Serial 5 parts 11/1/1981-8/11/1981.
- 1988 Our Roman Cousins by Bruce Stewart; BBC R4 Saturday Night Theatre 30/01/1988.
- 1993 Twelfth Night as Malvolio; BBC R3 3/1/1993.
- "Obituary: Iain Cuthbertson". The Scotsman. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
- Sunday Post 1973
- Gray, Sadie. "Obituary - The Times". The Times.
- "Citizens Theatre". Citz.co.uk. 11 September 1945. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- McLellan, Robert, Review of The Wallace, in Thomson, David Cleghorn (ed.), Saltire Review, Vol. 6, No. 22, Autumn 1960, The Saltire Society, Edinburgh, pp. 75 - 77
- Custom byline text: Chris Watt (8 September 2009). "Tributes as actor Iain Cuthbertson dies aged 79". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- "Iain Cuthbertson: Actor who played the procurator-fiscal in 'Sutherland's Law' and Charlie Endell in 'Budgie'". The Independent. London. 11 September 2009.
- "The House with the Green Shutters". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- Evans, Jeff (1995). The Guinness Television Encyclopedia. Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 506. ISBN 0-85112-744-4.
- Gaughan, Gavin (11 September 2009). "Iain Cuthbertson - Scottish actor - Obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
- "Iain Cuthbertson: Actor who played the procurator-fiscal in 'Sutherland's Law' and Charlie Endell in 'Budgie'". The Independent. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
- "Radio Plays 1945-1997: Serials, DIVERSITY website - radio drama, plays". Suttonelms.org.uk. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
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