Michael Graham Cox

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Michael Graham Cox
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Michael Graham Cox
Born(1938-01-06)6 January 1938
Died8 April 1995(1995-04-08) (aged 57)
Years active1960–1995
Height5ft 10in (1.78 m)

Michael Graham Cox (6 January 1938 – 8 April 1995) was an English actor.[1]


Born at Wolverhampton, and educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Cox moved to London after graduating in Music with German from Bristol University in the 1960s. First living at a flat in Oxford Street, he soon settled at Randolph Crescent W9, later being relocated by The Paddington Church Commissioners to a garden flat around the corner at 32 Clifton Gardens close to his favourite pubs The Warrington, The Prince Alfred, and The Warwick Castle, where he frequently socialised with friends including Jane Morgan, Tony Osoba, Michael Aspel and John Inman.

He is best remembered for voicing Boromir in the 1978 film The Lord of the Rings and the same character in the 1981 radio serialisation, as well as voicing Bigwig in the feature film Watership Down. But his 'Palmer' in Ken Russell's 1969 'Women in Love' is arguably his career highlight.

In 1982 he appeared as Wally Brabham in Minder episode 10 of series 3; "Broken Arrow".

Cox had a minor role in Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far and Cry Freedom. He appeared many times on stage and in television dramas such as Grange Hill, as kindly teacher Mr. Butterworth. He also starred with Derek Nimmo and Rosemary Leach in the TV sitcom Life Begins At Forty. Other BBC radio dramas produced and directed by Jane Morgan (a lifelong, friend and colleague) included her Dickens series.

Stratford roles with the Old Vic on tour of the late 1950s embedded Cox as Shakespearean. West End stage roles in early 1960s included Coward's 'Hay Fever' with Prunella Scales, Roland Culver. 1970s saw him at the Roundhouse with the Prospect Theatre's Histories tour. The 1980s saw him alongside James Bolam's King Lear with Delphine Seyrig, and several other productions at The Young Vic, at The Cut.

Cox died on 8 April 1995 at an hospice in Wimbledon, following several strokes, diabetic complications and finally dementia. He was buried next to his brother John at the Catholic Diocese of Beaconsfield. His wife Davina Beswick, a fellow alumnus of Bristol Old Vic died on 31 July 2018 at Sudbury, Suffolk. Their only child, Dominic, a Cambridge-educated architect, John's only child Susan (his niece), and her mother June, survive him, residing in Western Kenya, and Banbury, Oxfordshire, respectively.


Year Title Role Notes
1960 An Age of Kings Carrier / Davy / Drawer
1969 Women in Love Palmer
1973 The Optimists Park Keeper
1975 King Arthur, the Young Warlord Howard
1977 A Bridge Too Far Captain Cleminson
1978 Watership Down Bigwig Voice
1978 The Lord of the Rings Boromir[2] Voice
1983 Grange Hill Mr Butterworth TV Series, 1 episode
1984 The Little Drummer Girl Donald / Soldier
1987 Cry Freedom 3rd Passport Control officer


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry (2005). The Animated Movie Guide. Chicago Review Press. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-56976-222-6.

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