Warren Clarke

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Warren Clarke
Alan James Clarke

(1947-04-26)26 April 1947
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Died12 November 2014(2014-11-12) (aged 67)
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
Years active1964–2014
Gail Lever
(m. 1968; div. 1976)
Michelle Mordaunt
(m. 1987)

Warren Clarke (born Alan James Clarke; 26 April 1947 – 12 November 2014) was an English actor. He appeared in many films after a significant role as Dim in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. His television appearances included Dalziel and Pascoe (as Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel), The Manageress and Sleepers.

Early life[edit]

Clarke was born in Oldham, Lancashire. His father worked as a stained-glass maker and his mother as a secretary.[1] He left Barlow Hall Secondary Modern School, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, aged 15 and began work at the Manchester Evening News as a copy boy.[1] He later moved on to amateur dramatics and performed at Huddersfield Rep before working as an actor full-time.[2] During this period he also decided to change his first name to Warren, a name he chose as his girlfriend of the time had a crush on Warren Beatty.[1]


Clarke's first television appearance was in the long-running Granada soap opera Coronation Street, initially as Kenny Pickup in 1966 and then as Gary Bailey in 1968. His first major film appearance was in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971) where he played a "droog" named Dim opposite Malcolm McDowell. He appeared with McDowell again in the film O Lucky Man! (1973) and in the TV film Gulag (1985).

Clarke appeared in a wide range of roles in television and film productions including The Breaking of Bumbo (1970), Home (1970) opposite Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir John Gielgud, Charlton Heston's Antony and Cleopatra (1972), Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1972), "The Frighteners", (ep.4.The Minder), (1974), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), S.O.S. Titanic (1979), ‘’Hammer House of Horror,(se1ep2) (1980), Hawk the Slayer (1980), Masada (1981), Tales of the Unexpected: Never speak ill of the dead (1981), Enigma (1982), Lassiter (1984), Top Secret! (1984), Ishtar (1987) and I.D. (1995). He played a Russian dissident in Clint Eastwood's Firefox (1982).

In Granada Television's series The Jewel in the Crown (1984) Clarke played the role of the overtly homosexual 'Sophie' Dixon, and he was Colonel Krieger in the first series of LWT's Wish Me Luck (1988). In 1989 Clarke played Captain Lee in the film Crusoe. The same year he played the role of Martin Fisher, the chairman of a football club, in The Manageress and the role of Managing Director of an engineering firm, Vic Wilcox, in the TV adaptation of the David Lodge novel Nice Work. He also starred in an episode of Lovejoy entitled "Bin Diving". In 1990 he appeared in the episode "Odi, et Amo" of the situation comedy Chelmsford 123. He played Larry Patterson in Gone to the Dogs (1991), which was followed by the series Gone to Seed (1992), in which Clarke again starred. He also appeared in Our Mutual Friend (the 1976 TV mini-series) as Bradley Headstone.

In Sleepers (1991), alongside Nigel Havers, Clarke played one of the two lead roles as two KGB sleeper agents living in Britain and leading their own lives until they are reactivated. He played Bamber in the ITV comedy-drama Moving Story (1994). His comedic talents can be seen in the one-off special Blackadder: The Cavalier Years, in which he played Oliver Cromwell and in the episode "Amy and Amiability" of the series Blackadder the Third.

Beginning in 1996, he starred for 11 series as Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel in the TV series Dalziel and Pascoe, based on the crime novels of Reginald Hill.

In 1997 he starred in the drama The Locksmith.[3] Between 2000 and 2003, Clarke played Brian Addis, a father who moved his family from the bustle of London to a Devon farm, in the BBC TV series Down to Earth. He appeared as Mr Boythorn in the BBC One dramatisation of Bleak House (2005) and starred alongside Anthony Head in the BBC Drama The Invisibles (2008) and in the Channel 4 trilogy Red Riding (2009).

Around the same time, Clarke appeared as Commander Peters in the ITV production of Agatha Christie's Marple Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (2009). In 2010 he guested in ITV series Lewis ("Dark Matter"), Chuggington (2010), the BBC series Inspector George Gently ("Peace and Love", 2010) and played Mr Bott in the BBC's Just William. He guested as innkeeper Samuel Quested in Midsomer Murders ("The Night of the Stag", 2011) and as John Lacey in Call the Midwife (also 2011).

In 2014 he began filming Poldark as Charles Poldark. The character's final scene in the series, in episode four in which Poldark lies on his deathbed before dying, was also Clarke's final scene as an actor: he was very ill at the time of filming and died a few weeks later; the first episode of the television series was then dedicated to his memory.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Clarke was a keen golfer and had been a Manchester City supporter from the age of seven.[6]

Clarke's marriage to his first wife ended in divorce a few years after his parents died. They had a son together, Rowan.[7] He had a daughter, Georgia, by his second wife, Michelle.[8][7][9]

Clarke lost money by investing in the 2013 action film The Numbers Station.[10] On 12 November 2014 Clarke died in his sleep, after a short illness.[11] He lived in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1969 The Virgin Soldiers Soldier Uncredited
1970 The Breaking of Bumbo Guardsman Andrews
1971 A Clockwork Orange "Dim"
1972 Antony and Cleopatra Scarus
1973 O Lucky Man! Master of Ceremonies (Nightspot) / Warner / Male Nurse
1977 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo TV movie
1979 S.O.S. Titanic 4th Officer Joseph G. Boxhall TV movie
1979 The Great Riviera Bank Robbery Jean
1980 Hawk the Slayer "Scar"
1981 From a Far Country Wladek
1982 Firefox Pavel Upenskoy
1982 Enigma Konstantin
1984 Real Life Gerry
1984 Lassiter Max Hofer
1984 Top Secret! Colonel Von Horst
1985 De flyvende djævle Arno
1985 Gulag Hooker
1987 Ishtar English Gunrunner
1988 Crusoe Captain Lee
1995 I.D. Bob
2000 Greenfingers Governor Hodge
2001 Blow Dry Tony
2001 Arthur's Dyke Doug Manley
2010 The Man Who Married Himself Bishop Zatarga Short


  1. ^ a b c "Warren Clarke – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  2. ^ "People Index Warren Clarke". BBC. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  3. ^ Heritage, Stuart (12 November 2014). "Warren Clarke: A Life in Clips". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ Pauley, Nigel (29 March 2015). "Poldark star Warren Clarke to leave fans in tears as his on-screen death is shown". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  5. ^ Welsh, Daniel (30 March 2015). "Poldark: Warren Clarke Makes Last Ever TV Appearance During Sunday Night's Episode". Huffington Post. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Warren Clarke – interview". tvchoicemagazine.co.uk. 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. And I watch football, Man City. They've been my team for 55 years since I was a nipper.
  7. ^ a b Forrester, Katy (12 November 2014). "Actor Warren Clarke dead: Live tributes and reaction after Dalziel and Pascoe star dies aged 67". Daily Record. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Dalziel and Pascoe star Warren Clarke died penniless". The Daily Telegraph. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Warren Clarke dead: Dalziel and Pascoe actor dies aged 67". The Independent. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  10. ^ Sawer, Patrick (1 October 2015). "Dalziel and Pascoe star Warren Clarke died penniless". The Daily Telegraph.
  11. ^ "Warren Clarke, star of Dalziel and Pascoe, dies aged 67". BBC News. 12 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Entertainment world pays its respects to actor and Beaconsfield resident Warren Clarke". Bucks Free Press. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2017.

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