Louis Mahoney

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Louis Mahoney
Louis Felix Danner Mahoney

(1938-09-08) 8 September 1938 (age 81)
Years active1962–present

Louis Felix Danner Mahoney (born 8 September 1938) is a Gambian-born British actor, based in Hampstead in London.[1] He is an anti-racist activist and long-time campaigner for racial equality within the acting profession.[2] He represented African-Asian members on the council of the actors'union, Equity, becoming Vice President between 1994 and 1996.[3]


Mahoney was born in The Gambia in 1938. In the late 1950s he went to England originally to study to be a doctor but abandoned his ambitions for a medical career to become a drama school student in the 1970s.[4][3]

He has been seen most frequently on television in series such as: Danger Man, Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, The Troubleshooters, Menace, Special Branch, Doctor Who (in the stories Frontier in Space, Planet of Evil and Blink), Quiller, Fawlty Towers (as Dr Finn in The Germans, 1975), The Professionals (as Dr Henry in the episode Klansmen, never transmitted on terrestrial TV in the UK), Miss Marple, Yes, Prime Minister, Bergerac, The Bill, Casualty, Holby City and Sea of Souls.[5]

His films include The Plague of the Zombies (1966), Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981), White Mischief (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), Shooting Fish (1997), Wondrous Oblivion (2003) and Shooting Dogs (2005).[6]

He has featured in the Channel 4 documentary Random (2011) and in the BBC Three drama Being Human (2012) as Leo, an aged and dying werewolf.[7]

Mahoney's most recent TV appearance was in the Tracy Beaker CBBC spin-off, The Dumping Ground, as Henry Lawrence, the grandfather of Charlie Morris (Emily Burnett).

Campaign work[edit]

Mahoney is a long-standing campaigner for racial equality within the acting profession, as a member of the Equity Afro-Asian Committee (previously called the Coloured Actors Committee until he renamed it), founding Performers Against Racism to defend Equity policy on South Africa,[3] and as co-creator, with Mike Phillips, of the Black Theatre Workshop in 1976.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Guns at Batasi Soldier Uncredited
1965 Curse of Simba African expert
1966 The Plague of the Zombies Coloured Servant
1967 Prehistoric Women Head Boy
1970 Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition Julius
1973 Live and Let Die Fillet of Soul Patron (New York) Uncredited
Doctor Who Newscaster 2 episodes
1975 Doctor Who Ponti 2 episodes
Fawlty Towers Doctor Finn 1 episode; The Germans
1981 Omen III: The Final Conflict Brother Paulo
Rise and Fall of Idi Amin Freedom fighter Ofumbi
1984 Sheena Elder 1
1987 Cry Freedom Lesotho government official
White Mischief Abdullah
1997 Shooting Fish Magistrate
2003 Wondrous Oblivion Mr. Johnson
2005 Shooting Dogs Sibomana
Holby City Raymond Opoku 1 episode
2007 Doctor Who Old Billy 1 episode; Blink
2013 Captain Phillips Maersk Alabama Crew
2016 Holby City Thomas Law 1 episode
2018 National Theatre Live: Allelujah! Neville
The Dumping Ground Henry Lawrence


  1. ^ "Louis Mahoney | Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  2. ^ a b Abigail Dunn, "Reflections of a firebrand" Archived 3 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Catalyst, 2 March 2007.
  3. ^ a b c "Louis Mahoney", Forward to Freedom: A history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement 1959–1994, 2013.
  4. ^ Louis Mahoney Biography at IMDb.
  5. ^ "Louis Mahoney". www.aveleyman.com.
  6. ^ "Louis Mahoney". BFI.
  7. ^ Jodie Tyley (6 February 2012). "Being Human Series 4 Episode 1 'The Eve Of War' review". SciFiNow. Retrieved 26 August 2014.

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