Michael Keating (actor)

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Michael Keating
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Michael Keating at the Blake's 7 series 2 DVD launch, 2005
Michael A. Keating

(1947-02-10) 10 February 1947 (age 72)
Known forVila Restal in Blake's 7
Reverend Stevens in EastEnders

Michael Keating (born 10 February 1947 in North London, England) is an English actor. He is best known as for his role as Vila Restal in the science fiction television series Blake's 7.


Keating's acting career began in 1966.[1] One of his earlier notable roles was as Goudry in a 1977 Doctor Who story, entitled The Sun Makers. Just over a month later, Keating first appeared in the role of Vila Restal in the BBC TV series Blake's 7, which aired from 1978 to 1981. Vila Restal was the only character to appear in all fifty-two episodes of the series. In 1981, Keating appeared in an episode of the BBC sitcom Yes Minister entitled The Death List, playing the role of Police Constable Ross.

Some years later Michael Keating reunited with his Blake's 7 co-star Gareth Thomas, in an episode of the BBC drama series Casualty. In 2004, Keating returned to the Doctor Who franchise, guest starring as Major Koth in the Big Finish Productions audio adventure The Twilight Kingdom. In 2006, he starred in another Doctor Who audio adventure, this time as Inspector Chardalot in Year of the Pig. In 2009, he had a brief role in the BBC one-off drama Micro Men about the rise of the British home computer market in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Recent career[edit]

Since 2005, Keating has played Reverend Stevens in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.[1] He appears as a recurring character, usually for a single episode or a few episodes at a time, in connection with another character's christening, marriage, or funeral, or relating to regular churchgoer Dot Branning (June Brown).


  1. ^ a b Feast Creative - The Narrow Road Company. "Michael Keating". narrowroad.co.uk.

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