Michael Lonsdale, 2013
24 May 1931
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Michael Edward Lonsdale (born May 24 1931), sometimes billed as Michel Lonsdale, is a French actor who has appeared in over 180 films and television shows.
Lonsdale was born in Paris and brought up by a French mother and an English father, initially on the island of Guernsey, then in London in 1935, and later, during World War II, in Casablanca, Morocco. He returned to Paris to study painting in 1947, but was drawn into the world of acting instead, first appearing on stage at the age of 24.
Lonsdale is bilingual and has appeared in both English and French language productions. He is best known in the English-speaking world for his roles as the villainous Sir Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, the detective Claude Lebel in The Day of the Jackal, and M. Dupont d'Ivry in The Remains of the Day.
|1982||Smiley's People||Anton Grigoriev||TV miniseries|
|1986||Le Tiroir secret||Miniseries|
|1991||Maigret et la Grande Perche||Monsieur Serre||TV series|
|2001||Maigret et la Croqueuse de Diamants||Sir Lampson||TV series|
|2013||Marguerite Yourcenar, alchimie du paysage||The Narrator||TV documentary|
|Le tourbillon de Jeanne||L'homme||TV Series|
|2012||007 Legends||Hugo Drax||Voice-over|
- "Michael Lonsdale et Jeanne-Marie Conquer". Maison internationale des Poètes et des Écrivains de Saint-Malo. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- Goodman, Lanie (December 3, 2010). "A gentle screen giant subtly shines". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Les Inrocks - Michael Lonsdale" (in French). Retrieved September 28, 2013.
- Canby, Vincent (June 29, 1979). "Moonraker (1979) MOONRAKER". The New York Times.
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