Mark Eden

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Mark Eden
Douglas John Malin

(1928-02-14)14 February 1928
London, England
Died1 January 2021(2021-01-01) (aged 92)
London, England
Years active1958–2013
  • (m. 1953; div. 1959)
  • Diana W. Smith
    (m. 1973, c.1984 div)
  • (m. 1993)
RelativesEmma Griffiths Malin (granddaughter)

Douglas John Malin[4] (14 February 1928 – 1 January 2021),[5] known professionally as Mark Eden, was an English actor.[6] He was best known for his portrayal of villainous Alan Bradley in Coronation Street from 1986 to 1989.

Early life[edit]

Mark Eden was born Douglas John Malin in St Pancras, London, England on 14 February 1928.[2]


As Mark Eden, he appeared at the Royal Court Theatre and in repertory theatre in England and Wales. His 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. Having briefly played a short lived character named Wally Randle in 1981,[7] he returned for a long-running role in Coronation Street, in which he played Alan Bradley.[7]

Eden's time in Coronation Street came to an end in December 1989 after Bradley was killed by a Blackpool tram.[8][7] In 2009, Eden unveiled a plaque at the tram stop where the scene was filmed.[8][9]

After leaving Coronation Street, Eden said he received many casting offers for "psycho" roles.[7] Before the show, Eden had often been cast in the role of an upper-class gentleman.[9] 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.[10] His autobiography Who's Going to Look at You? was published in 2010.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Eden was married three times. His first wife was Joan Long, whom he married in 1953.[12][13] Their son, David (1957–2017), also became an actor;[14] and David's daughter (Eden's granddaughter) Emma Griffiths Malin (born 1980) is also an actress.[15] Eden and Joan divorced in 1959, and Joan later married the actor John Le Mesurier.[16]

In 1971, he married Diana W. Smith, whom he had met that year; she later acted under the name Diana Eden. She was eighteen years his junior. They had a daughter named Polly.[17] In 1993, Eden married Sue Nicholls, his co-star in Coronation Street and the daughter of Lord Harmar-Nicholls.[18][19] They remained married until Eden's death.[15]

Eden suffered from Alzheimer's disease in later life, and was admitted to hospital with the disease in November 2020. He died on 1 January 2021, aged 92.[15]



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 Heavens Above! Sir Geoffrey Despard
Blind Corner Mr. Clayton
Edgar Wallace Mysteries: "The Partner" Richard Webb Second feature; US TV: The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre 5:1
1964 Séance on a Wet Afternoon Charles Clayton
1965 Game for Three Losers Mike Williams
The Pleasure Girls Prinny [20]
Doctor Zhivago Engineer at dam [20]
Edgar Wallace Mysteries: "Game for Three Losers" Oliver Marchant Second feature; US TV: The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre 6:1
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


Year Title Role Notes
1958 Quatermass and the Pit Second Journalist Series 1, Episode 1: "The Halfmen"
1960 ITV Television Playhouse Jeep driver Series 5, Episode 22: "The English Captain"
1961 ITV Television Playhouse Corporal Hull Series 6, Episode 34: "Marking Time"
ITV Television Playhouse Giovanni Spada Series 7, Episode 8: "Children of the Sun
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)
The Avengers Jacques Beronne Series 1, Episode 9: "Ashes of Roses"
1962 The Avengers Nicholson Series 2, Episode 5: "Mission to Montreal"
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 Z-Cars Tiger Evans Series 2, Episode 36: "A Try by Weir"
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)
1969 Z-Cars Bill Mercer Series 6: (2 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)
Crown Court Lawrence Webb
1973 Crown Court Douglas Blandford Series 2, Episode 117: "A Stab in the Front: Part 3"
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 Coronation Street Wally Randle Series 1: (10 episodes)
1983 Crown Court Andrew Corry Series 12, Episode 28: "Mother's Boy: Part 1"
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..."
1986–1989 Coronation Street Alan Bradley Series 1: (221 episodes)
1991 Cluedo George Biddle Series 2, Episode 2: "The Best Insurance"
1993 Agatha Christie: Poirot Boucher Series 5, Episode 6: "The Chocolate Box"
2002 Doctors Arthur Lisser (2002) Series 4, Episode 33: "The Trouble with Arthur"
2006 Doctors Glen Hodgkins (2006) 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 movie[20]


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