Lewis Fiander

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Lewis Fiander
Born (1938-01-12) 12 January 1938 (age 77)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lewis Fiander (born 12 January 1938) is an Australian film, stage, television and actor.


Fiander was born in Melbourne and educated at Trinity Grammar School, Kew, the son of Mona Jane (née King) and Walter Lewis Fiander.[1] Moving to the UK from his native Australia, initially to appear in the play "The One Day of the Year". He appeared in such films as I Start Counting (1970), Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), The Abdication (1974), Who Can Kill a Child? (1976), Not Now, Comrade (1976), Sweeney 2 (1978), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), Georgia (1988) and Paperback Romance (1994). His first major role on television was Mr Darcy in the BBC serialisation of Pride and Prejudice (1967).

In 1970, he originated the role of John Adams in the London stage production of 1776, a role he reprised in Australia. Other stage appearances in West End musicals included the roles of Lord Melbourne and Disraeli in I and Albert, Coward in Noel and Gertie and Puccini in Cafe Puccini. During the 1970s, he was cast as Professor Tryst in the Doctor Who episode "Nightmare of Eden" and after discussion with his friend Tom Baker chose to give the character a hybrid accent as would befit an alien in the future. In 1974, he appeared as Casimir Dudevant playing opposite Rosemary Harris in the BBC series Notorious Woman and performed the role of Thomas Becket on a cast-album of the musical Thomas and The King. He returned to Australia in the early 1980s and continued his acting career.

In 2004 he contributed the voice for airship engineer Kemp in Anthony Lucas's Oscar nominated animation, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello.


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