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Norman Clifford Bowler (born 1 August 1932) is a British actor.
Born in London, son of a watch repairer in Mill Lane, NW6, he became a member of the 1950s Soho set alongside John Minton, Francis Bacon and Daniel Farson. There he met Henrietta Moraes, who divorced her first husband, Michael Law, and married Bowler. This marriage ended in 1956. They had two children, Joshua and Caroline, although many years later it transpired that Joshua's father was actually Colin Tennant, 3rd Baron Glenconner. Berjourhi Bowler, his second wife, mother of Tamara, and Norman were divorced in 1969, after 10 years of marriage.
Bowler was a regular star of the ATV soap series Harpers West One, playing the character of Roger Pike, and played a variety of bit parts and single episode roles on television throughout the 1960s. He featured in one episode of The Avengers and starred alongside James Caan in the 1968 war film Submarine X-1, about World War II British midget submarines.
From 1966-1976, Bowler played Det. Chief Inspector Harry Hawkins for the entire run of the BBC TV police drama Softly, Softly (later Softly, Softly: Taskforce). He also appeared as Titinius in Julius Caesar (1970), as Saturninus in Jesus of Nazareth (1977), as Bill Smugs in The Island of Adventure (1982), and as Moose in the Terence Hill film They Call Me Renegade (1987). After a continuing role in Crossroads from 1986-1987, he later played the part of Frank Tate in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from November 1989 - May 1997.
Bowler and his third wife, Dianne, spent several years at Auroville International Township in Tamil Nadu, India. There he engaged in development work with people in the surrounding Tamil villages and often entertained the village children. He also worked with and directed the amateur actors of the township.
Bowler's wife Dianne died in May 2012. He continues to alternate between India and the UK.
- Submarine X-1 (1969)
- Julius Caesar (1970)
- Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
- The Island of Adventure (1982)
- They Call Me Renegade (1987)
- Destroying Angel (1990)
- Living in Hope (2002)
- Tom Thumb uncredited (1958)
- "Glenconner recognises his illegitimate son Joshua in his will". Daily Telegraph. 29 August 2010.
- Recording of Rime of the ancient mariner
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