Kenneth Cranham

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Kenneth Cranham
Born (1944-12-12) 12 December 1944 (age 72)
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Diana Quick (1974–78; divorced)
Fiona Victory
Partner(s) Charlotte Cornwell

Kenneth Cranham (born 12 December 1944) is a Scottish-born film, television, radio and stage actor. He is popularly known for his work in Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Valkyrie.

Acting career[edit]

Cranham trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain[1] and RADA. He starred in the title role in the popular 1980s comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon. He also appeared in Layer Cake, Gangster No. 1, Rome, Oliver! and many other films. He is probably best known to horror genre fans as the deranged Dr. Philip Channard and his Cenobitic alter-ego from Hellbound: Hellraiser II. His many stage credits include West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, An Inspector Calls (both transferring to Broadway), The Ruffian on the Stair, The Birthday Party and Gaslight (at the Old Vic). Most recently, he has been heard on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play series as "DS Max Matthews" in the three-play series The Interrogation by Roy Williams and starred as "Thomas Gradgrind" in BBC Radio's 2007 adaptation of Dickens' Hard Times. For his role as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award.

In 2016, he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Andre in Florian Zeller's The Father. The play originated at the Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio in the Autumn of 2014, before touring the country and transferring to the West End in the Summer of 2015, and returning to the Duke of York's Theatre in Spring 2016. The play received an unprecedented five star review from every leading national press publication, and Cranham's performance was described as "the performance of his life" (

Personal life[edit]

Cranham was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, the son of Lochgelly-born Margaret McKay Cranham (née Ferguson) and Ronald Cranham, a London-born civil servant.[2][3] His first wife was actress Diana Quick. He has two daughters: Nancy Cranham with actress Charlotte Cornwell, and Kathleen Cranham with his second wife, actress Fiona Victory.[2]


Television credits[edit]



  1. ^ "20 Questions With ... Kenneth Cranham". February 2008. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Kenneth Cranham Biography (1944-)". 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "He epitomises the cockney geezer and hard man on screen, but actor Kenneth Cranham's roots – and fondest memories – belong to Fife". The Scotsman. 30 November 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Brown, Mark (26 January 2016). "Denise Gough wins top theatre award after almost quitting acting". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 

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