Ralph Brown

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Ralph Brown
Ralph Brown on 26 March 2009.jpg
Brown on 26 March 2009
Born Ralph William John Brown
(1957-06-18) 18 June 1957 (age 58)
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Jenny Jules (1992–present)

Ralph William John Brown[1] (born 18 June 1957)[1] is an English actor and writer, known for playing Danny the drug dealer in Withnail and I, the security guard Aaron (aka "85") in Alien 3, DJ Bob Silver in The Boat That Rocked/Pirate Radio, super-roadie Del Preston in Wayne's World 2 and the pilot Ric Olié in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He won The Samuel Beckett Award for his first play Sanctuary written for Joint Stock Theatre Company in 1987, and the Raindance and Sapporo Film Festival awards for his first screenplay for the British film New Year's Day in 2001.


His film roles include Dil's on-off boyfriend Dave in the Academy Award-winning film The Crying Game, Danny the drug dealer in Withnail & I, Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs in Buster, roadie Del Preston in Wayne's World 2, teacher and rugby league player Phil in Up 'n' Under, prison guard captain Mr Burton in Mean Machine, Sgt Major Harris in the Paul Schrader film Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, and CIA renegade Mr Collins alongside Wesley Snipes in The Contractor. In 1995 Brown appeared in Steven Spielberg's slavery epic Amistad. In 2007 he filmed Caught in the Act, an independent British film, and appeared in the series Cape Wrath for Channel 4/Showtime as the moustachioed policeman Wintersgill.

Among TV appearances, Brown appeared in Dennis Potter's Karaoke in 1995, as Prince John in the BBC's adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe in 1997 and did a memorable turn as shaven-headed gang-boss "Miami Vice" in the 2000 series Lock, Stock...The Series. More recently Brown played Sarah Solemani's Dad in Him & Her. In 2005, he appeared in Coronation Street as Barney, roadie to Status Quo, and with Julia Davis in the cult TV sitcom Nighty Night as perverted new-age sex therapist Jacques. He also appeared in the final two episodes of Life on Mars as Frank Morgan, an interim DCI in 1973 sequences, and Sam's (John Simm's) surgeon in 2006 sequences. Brown stars as DJ Bob Silver in The Boat That Rocked, a film by Richard Curtis released in April 2009. In 2009 he made four films: The Kid directed by Nick Moran, Huge directed by Ben Miller, Mission: London a Bulgarian comedy directed by Dimitar Mitoviski which premiered in Sofia on 13 April 2010, and Sus, written by Barrie Keeffe, writer of The Long Good Friday, which premiered 24 April 2010 and ran in the West End for several weeks.

From 2010 through 2014 Brown appeared on the BBC Three comedy Him & Her. In 2010, he worked on the film Killing Bono and shot the feature film Dark Tide in Cape Town opposite Halle Berry. In 2011 he filmed I, Anna with Gabriel Byrne and Charlotte Rampling, then went on to work on Jack the Giant Slayer, directed by Bryan Singer, Tower Block in London, and Stoker in Nashville, the latter directed by Park Chan-wook. In 2012, he worked on Inspector George Gently with Martin Shaw, The Poison Tree for ITV, and The Mimic for C4. In 2013 he worked on the aborted Marvin Gaye film Sexual Healing directed by Julian Temple, and the ABC series The Assets in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2014, he shot Babylon for C4 and Elementary for CBS, followed by Turn for AMC playing General Sir Henry Clinton leader of the redcoats, and then Johann Fennhoff aka Dr Faustus in Agent Carter for Marvel. Currently working on Blacklist.

Personal life[edit]

Brown was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Heather R and John F W Brown.[1] He has been married to actress Jenny Jules since 1992.[1]

He attended University at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He is a member of a Brighton-based Beach Boys tribute band, the Brighton Beach Boys.


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Merry Wives of Windsor John TV Film
1984 The Hit Second Man
1985 to 1986 The Bill P.C. Muswell TV
1986 London's Burning: The Movie Second Policeman TV Film
1987 Withnail & I Danny
1988 Screenplay Insp. Drury TV
Buster Ronnie Biggs
Christabel Lange TV Film
1989 Scandal Paul Mann
Rules of Engagement Mick Rendall TV Mini-Series
Diamond Skulls also known as Dark Obsession Jack
1990 Mistress of Suspense TV
1991 4 Play Archie Heckle TV
Impromptu Eugène Delacroix
The Pope Must Die Doctor
1992 Van der Valk Inspector Rep TV
Alien 3 Francis Aaron ("85")
The Crying Game Dave
Ruth Rendell Mysteries Peter Mullin TV
1993 Undercover Blues Leamington
Between the Lines D.A.C. John Convey TV
Wayne's World 2 Del Preston
1994 Don't Get Me Started Larry Swift
Requiem Apache Mick TV Film
1995 Devil's Advocate Demagio TV Film
1996 A Touch of Frost Captain Carlisle TV
Dalziel and Pascoe Sam Connon TV
Karaoke Peter Beasley TV
Cold Lazarus Peter Beasley TV
1997 The Place of the Dead Sgt Bob Mann TV Film
Ivanhoe Prince John TV Mini-Series
Jonathan Creek Roy Pilgrim TV
Amistad Lieutenant Gedley
1998 Up 'n' Under Phil
A Respectable Trade Dr. Hadley TV Mini-Series
1999 Peak Practice Stephen Westwood TV
The Last Train Jonathan Geddes TV
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Ric Olié
Cleopatra Guevarius TV Mini-Series
Extremely Dangerous Joe Connor TV
2000 Lexx Duke TV
New Year's Day Mr. Diamond
Lock, Stock... Miami Vice TV
2001 NCS: Manhunt Ray du Barriatte TV Film
The Grimleys Frankie Fate TV
Waking the Dead Mike Coleman TV
Last Run Simon
Mean Machine Burton
2002 NCS: Manhunt Ray du Barriatte TV
A Tribute to the Likely Lads Gary TV Film
The Final Curtain Timothy (Channel Controller)
2003 The Agency Andrei Kachan TV
I'll Be There Digger
2004 Exorcist: The Beginning Sergeant Major
Lawless Phil Howell TV Film
2005 Big Dippers Dave TV Film
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Sergeant Major
Puritan Mickey Conway
Stoned Gysin
Nighty Night Jacques TV
Spooks Paul Seymour TV
Coronation Street Barney TV
2006 Cattle Drive Truesdale TV
Eragon Psychic Twins Additional Scene
Modern Toss TV
2007 Cold Blood Bob Massum TV Film
Flood Mel's Dad
Life on Mars Frank Morgan TV
Straightheads Jamie
The Contractor Jeremy Collins Direct-to-Video Film
Cape Wrath Wintersgill TV
Nearly Famous Dominic Soloman TV
2008 Caught in the Act Joep
2009 The Boat That Rocked DJ Bob
2010 The Guards Sutton TV Film
Mission London Detective Collway
The Kid Gordon Peters
Sus Karn
Copelia Hathaway Short
2010–2013 Him & Her Nigel TV
2011 The Trigger Gamekeeper Short
Killing Bono Leo
Dark Tide Brady
2012 I, Anna George Stone
Tower Block Neville
2013 Stoker Sheriff Howard
2015 Agent Carter Dr. Fennhoff / Ivchenko
The Blacklist Roger Hobbs "The Longevity Initiative"
Legends Terrence Graves TV


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