Mark Eden

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Mark Eden
Born (1928-02-14) 14 February 1928 (age 89)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1958 - present
Spouse(s) Joan Malin (1953–1959) (divorced)
Diana W. Smith (1974–?) (divorced)
Sue Nicholls (1993–present)
Children 3 children

Mark Eden (born 14 February 1928) is a British actor.[1] He is best known for his portrayal of Alan Bradley in Coronation Street, a character he played from 1986-1989

Early life[edit]

He was born in London and he received little formal education as he spent almost two years in a TB sanatorium as a child. However he read the literary classics including Shakespeare, having been introduced to the library by a teacher. He left school at 14 and worked on fairgrounds.[2]

Career[edit]

Eden has appeared in repertory theatre in England and Wales and at the Royal Court Theatre. His many television and film roles include the Doctor Who serial Marco Polo (1964) in which he played Marco Polo, a reporter in Quatermass and the Pit in 1958, Number 100 in The Prisoner in 1967, and Inspector Parker in the TV adaptations of several Lord Peter Wimsey stories in the 1970s. He also had a long running role in Coronation Street (1986–1989) in which he played Alan Bradley. His exit from this role was famously being knocked down by a Blackpool tram. At the location there is now a plaque at the tram stop which recalls this scene.[3]

After leaving Coronation Street, Eden worked on the stage and in radio plays. He also worked with The Beach Boys and wrote a musical about them. His television appearances included playing Boucher in an episode of Poirot.[4]

His autobiography, Who's Going To Look At You? was published in 2010.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year TITLE Role Notes
1959 Captured Unknown
1961 Out of the Shadow Police constable
1962 Operation Snatch Mosquito pilot
The L-Shaped Room Terry
The Password Is Courage 2nd Prisoner of War
1963 The Partner Richard Webb
Heavens Above! Sir Geoffrey Despard
Blind Corner Mr. Clayton
1964 Séance on a Wet Afternoon Oliver Marchant
1965 Game for Three Losers Mike Williams
The Pleasure Girls Prinny
Doctor Zhivago Engineer at dam
1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname Kellaway
1968 Attack on the Iron Coast Lieutenant Commander Donald Kimberly
Curse of the Crimson Altar Robert Manning
1969 Arthur? Arthur! Jack Parker
1972 Nobody Ordered Love Charles
1976 Fern, the Red Deer Mr. Pollard
1980 Richard's Things Richard Morris
1985 Claudia Larry

Television[edit]

Year TITLE Role Notes
1958 Quatermass and the Pit Second Journalist Series 1, Episode 1: "The Halfmen"
1960

1961

ITV Television Playhouse Jeep driver

Corporal Hull

Giovanni Spada

Series 5, Episode 22: "The English Captain"

Series 6, Episode 34: "Marking Time"

Series 7, Episode 8: "Children of the Sun

1961 Knight Errant Limited Lord Cambroke Season 3, Episode 24: "King Charles' Head"
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Johnny Watson Series 3, Episode 26: "Signal Received"
Armchair Theatre UnknownErskine Craig Series 4: (2 episodes)
1961

1962

The Avengers Jacques Beronne

Nicholson

Series 1, Episode 9: "Ashes of Roses"

Series 2, Episode 5: "Mission to Montreal"

1962 Sir Francis Drake Agila Series 1, Episode 12: "The Slaves of Spain"
1963 Dimensions of Fear Dr Leosser Series 1: (2 episodes)
The Saint Bertrand Tamblin Series 2, Episode 22: "The Invisible Millionaire"
The Verdict Is Yours Unknown Series 3, Episode 26: "Henley v Bone"
Jezebel ex UK Mark Rawlinson Series 1, Episode 2: "Send a Telegram"
24-Hour Call Eddy Series 1, Episode 10: "Better Live Than Die"
Love Story Carl Wilson Series 1, Episode 6: "Make It a Habit"
BBC Sunday-Night Play Victor Series 4, Episode 42: "The Shadow of Mart"
1963

1965

The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre Richard Webb

Oliver Marchant

Series 5, Episode 1: "The Partner"

Series 6, Episode 1: "Game for Three Losers"

1963

1969

Z-Cars Tiger Evans

Bill Mercer

Series 2, Episode 36: "A Try by Weir"

Series 6: (2 episodes)

1964 Espionage Wicket Series 1, Episode 12: "Never Turn Your Back on a Friend"
Doctor Who Marco Polo Series 1: (7 episodes)
Detective Bombardier Peter Bradfield Series 1, Episode 10: "Subject: Murder"
Catch Hand Johnny Rich Series 1: (6 episodes)
1965 Armchair Mystery Theatre Tom Braddock Series 3, Episode 6: "The Welcome"
1966 Emergency-Ward 10 Tim Courtney Series 1: (3 episodes)
Thirty-Minute Theatre Ted Winters Series 2, Episode 6: "Play to Win"
Out of the Unknown Stephen Kershaw Series 2, Episode 6: "The World in Silence"
1967 Till Death Us Do Part Surgeon Series 2, Episode 8: "In Sickness and in Health"
St Ives Alain Series 1: (3 episodes)
Trapped Dr Frazer Series 1, Episode 1: "Journey Into Nowhere"
Man in a Suitcase Jackson Series 1, Episode 2: "The Sitting Pigeon"
The Prisoner Number One Hundred Series 1, Episode 10: "It's Your Funeral"
1968 ITV Playhouse David Hope Series 1, Episode 30: "Murder: A Professional Job"
Crime Buster Ray Saxon Series 1: (13 episodes)
1970 Beyond Belief Unknown Unknown
The Troubleshooters Tommy Eastwind Series 6, Episode 4: "Who Did You Say Inherits the Earth?"
ITV Sunday Night Theatre Lewis Series 2, Episode 42: "Hands with the Magic Touch"
If It Moves, File It Trubshawe Series 1, Episode 3: "Man Eating Plant"
1971 Suspicion Detective Sergeant Barron Series 1, Episode 7: "Plain Jane"
1972 Spyder's Web Dr Dolek Series 1, Episode 8: "Lies and Dolls"
Clouds of Witness Detective Inspector Parker Series 1: (5 episodes)
1972

1973

1983

Crown Court Lawrence Webb

Douglas Blandford

Andrew Corry

Series 1: (3 episodes)

Series 2, Episode 117: "A Stab in the Front: Part 3"

Series 12, Episode 28: "Mother's Boy: Part 1"

1973 The Pathfinders Wing Commander Purvis Series 1, Episode 11: "Operation Pickpocket"
Arthur of the Britons Morcant Series 1, Episode 9: "Enemies and Lovers"
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club Detective Inspector Parker Series 1: (3 episodes)
The Adventures of Black Beauty Major Watkins Series 1, Episode 22: "Foul Play"
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Roderick Varley Series 2, Episode 7: "The Superfluous Finger"
Special Branch Journalist Series 3, Episode 12: "Hostage"
New Scotland Yard Peter Royal Series 3, Episode 7: "Exchange Is No Robbery"
Murder Must Advertise Chief Inspector Parker Series 1: (4 episodes)
1974 The Nine Tailors Chief Inspector Parker Series 1, Episode 4
A Little Bit of Wisdom Doctor Series 1, Episode 6: "And I Mean That Most Sincerely"
The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs Spencer Series 1: (7 episodes)
1975 General Hospital Dick Butler Unknown
Sam Tony Parker Series 3: (3 episodes)
1976 Warship Wing Commander Blazey Series 3, Episode 11: "Divert with Despatch"
Murder Detective Inspector John Wrath Series 1, Episode 2: "Nobody's Conscience"
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Quartus TV Mini-series
London Belongs to Me Jack Rufus Season 1: (6 episodes)
Poldark St John Peter Series 2, Episode 11
1978 Wilde Alliance Mike Stewart Series 1, Episode 13: "Some Trust in Chariots"
The Law Centre Bradley Series 1, Episode 1: "The Galahad Bit"
ITV Sunday Night Drama Ken Series 3, Episode 7: "End of Season"
1980 Cribb Edmund Vibart Series 1, Episode 4: "The Detective Wore Silk Drawers"
The Sandbaggers Bernard Tindale TV Mini-series
The Square Leopard John Purvis Series 1, Episode 5
The Professionals Ross Series 4, Episode 11: "Hijack"
1981

1986-

1989

Coronation Street Wally Randale

Alan Bradley

Series 1: (28 episodes)
1983 Gun Fight at the Joe Kaye Corral Joe Kaye TV Movie
1984 Sorrel and Son Oscar Wilde Series 1, Episode 5
1985 The Practice Keith Goddard Series 1: (4 episodes)
The Detective Wilf Penfield Series 1: (5 episodes)
1986 The Collectors George Haycock Series 1, Episode 7: "The Dog It Was..."
1991 Cluedo George Biddle Series 2, Episode 2: "The Best Insurance"
1993 Agatha Christie: Poirot Boucher Series 5, Episode 6: "The Chocolate Box"
2002

2006

Doctors Arthur Lisser

Glen Hodgkins

Series 4, Episode 33: "The Trouble with Arthur"

Series 7, Episode 131: "Loyalty"

2008 Casualty Bill Series 23, Episode 13: "A Slip in Time"
2013 An Adventure In Space and Time Donald Baverstock TV film

Personal life[edit]

Eden has been married three times:

  • Joan Malin (1953–1959; divorced) (one son David)
  • Diana W. Smith (1974–?; divorced) (two children)
  • The actress Sue Nicholls (1993–present), one of his co-stars in Coronation Street

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