Philip Latham

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Philip Latham
Born Charles Philip Latham
(1929-01-17) 17 January 1929 (age 88)[1]
Essex, United Kingdom
Years active 1955-1990

Charles Philip Latham (born 17 January 1929 in Essex[2]) is a British actor.[3] He was educated at Felsted School[4] and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 1951.[5]

In the late 1960s/early 1970s he was well known to British TV viewers for his portrayal of chief accountant Willy Izard, the "conscience" to hard-nosed oil company industrialist Brian Stead (played by Geoffrey Keen) in the BBC series The Troubleshooters (1965–72).[6] Other credits Danger Man (1960-1962), Jesus of Nazareth, Paul of Tarsus, The Treasure Seekers, The Cedar Tree, The Saint, Maigret, Sergeant Cork, Justice, Love Story, Killers, Hammer House of Horror, No. 10, Nanny and The Professionals.[3]

One of his most famous film roles was as Dracula's sinister servant Klove in Hammer's 1966 film Dracula, Prince of Darkness,[7] and he had previously worked for Hammer in The Devil-Ship Pirates and The Secret of Blood Island (both 1964).[8] His other film roles included appearances in Ring of Spies (1964), Spy Story (1976) and Force 10 from Navarone (1978).[3] On television he played the joint-lead role of Plantagenet Palliser (opposite Susan Hampshire) in the 26-part BBC series The Pallisers.[9] He also played Lord President Borusa in the 1983 20th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, The Five Doctors.[10][11]

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