Mark Eden

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Mark Eden
Born (1928-02-14) 14 February 1928 (age 87)
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.


Born in London, 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.[2]

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.[3]

His autobiography, Who's Going To Look At You? was published in 2010.[4]



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


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


ITV Television Playhouse Jeep driver

Corporal Hull

Giovanni Spada

Season 5, Episode 22: "The English Captain"

Season 6, Episode 34: "Marking Time"

Season 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 Season 3, Episode 26: "Signal Received"
Armchair Theatre UnknownErskine Craig Season 4: (2 episodes)


The Avengers Jacques Beronne


Season 1, Episode 9: "Ashes of Roses"

Season 2, Episode 5: "Mission to Montreal"

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


The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre Richard Webb

Oliver Marchant

Season 5, Episode 1: "The Partner"

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



Z-Cars Tiger Evans

Bill Mercer

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

Season 6: (2 episodes)

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



Crown Court Lawrence Webb

Douglas Blandford

Andrew Corry

Season 1: (3 episodes)

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

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

1973 The Pathfinders Wing Commander Purvis Season 1, Episode 11: "Operation Pickpocket"
Arthur of the Britons Morcant Season 1, Episode 9: "Enemies and Lovers"
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club Detective Inspector Parker Season 1: (3 episodes)
The Adventures of Black Beauty Major Watkins Season 1, Episode 22: "Foul Play"
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Roderick Varley Season 2, Episode 7: "The Superfluous Finger"
Special Branch Journalist Season 3, Episode 12: "Hostage"
New Scotland Yard Peter Royal Season 3, Episode 7: "Exchange Is No Robbery"
Murder Must Advertise Chief Inspector Parker Season 1: (4 episodes)
1974 The Nine Tailors Chief Inspector Parker Season 1, Episode 4
A Little Bit of Wisdom Doctor Season 1, Episode 6: "And I Mean That Most Sincerely"
The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs Spencer Season 1: (7 episodes)
1975 General Hospital Dick Butler Unknown
Sam Tony Parker Season 3: (3 episodes)
1976 Warship Wing Commander Blazey Season 3, Episode 11: "Divert with Despatch"
Murder Detective Inspector John Wrath Season 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 Season 2, Episode 11
1978 Wilde Alliance Mike Stewart Season 1, Episode 13: "Some Trust in Chariots"
The Law Centre Bradley Season 1, Episode 1: "The Galahad Bit"
ITV Sunday Night Drama Ken Season 3, Episode 7: "End of Season"
1980 Cribb Edmund Vibart Season 1, Episode 4: "The Detective Wore Silk Drawers"
The Sandbaggers Bernard Tindale TV Mini-series
The Square Leopard John Purvis Season 1, Episode 5
The Professionals Ross Season 4, Episode 11: "Hijack"



Coronation Street Wally Randale

Alan Bradley

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


Doctors Arthur Lisser

Glen Hodgkins

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

Season 7, Episode 131: "Loyalty"

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

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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