Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson (born 4 April 1948) is a Northern Irish actor, most notable for playing Charlie Fairhead in the long-running BBC television medical drama series Casualty since 1986. In 2017, it was revealed that this role has made Thompson the highest paid actor within the BBC with a salary of £350,000-£399,000 per annum. Prior to the lead role in Casualty he starred in several films including The Long Good Friday, TV series such as Harry's Game and The Gentle Touch and several celebrated stints at The National Theatre. As a musician, he was also part of a folk duo with his twin sister Elaine in the 1960s.

The Long Good Friday (1980)

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Bob Hoskins  •  Helen Mirren  •  Paul Freeman  •  Dave King

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Bob Hoskins  •  Helen Mirren  •  Paul Freeman  •  Dave King

Breaking Glass (1980)

Breaking Glass is the story of punk singer Kate and her meteoric rise to stardom. Starting out in the rock pubs of London, Kate, assisted by her manager Danny, becomes a huge star overnight. Once at the top the pressure is immense as Kate's band are squeezed out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Gibson
CAST:  Hazel O'Connor  •  Phil Daniels  •  Jon Finch  •  Jonathan Pryce

Breaking Glass is the story of punk singer Kate and her meteoric rise to stardom. Starting out in the rock pubs of London, Kate, assisted by her manager Danny, becomes a huge star overnight. Once at the top the pressure is immense as Kate's band are squeezed out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Gibson
CAST:  Hazel O'Connor  •  Phil Daniels  •  Jon Finch  •  Jonathan Pryce

Resurrection Man (1998)

Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them. A reporter soon tries to uncover the murder and obtained prestige for himself, while Victor sinks deeper into madness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Evans
CAST:  Stuart Townsend  •  John Hannah  •  Geraldine O'Rawe  •  James Nesbitt

Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them. A reporter soon tries to uncover the murder and obtained prestige for himself, while Victor sinks deeper into madness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Evans
CAST:  Stuart Townsend  •  John Hannah  •  Geraldine O'Rawe  •  James Nesbitt

Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1978)

A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Carol MacReady  •  Thora Hird  •  Derek Thompson

A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Carol MacReady  •  Thora Hird  •  Derek Thompson

Gonks Go Beat (1965)

A swiftly assembled musical fantasy movie made to capitalise on the mid-Sixties, British craze for gonks (a sort of soft, furry toy). Today it is of more interest for featuring music by such artists as Lulu, The Nashville Teens, and The Graham Bond Organisation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hartford-Davis
CAST:  Kenneth Connor  •  Frank Thornton  •  Iain Gregory  •  Terry Scott

A swiftly assembled musical fantasy movie made to capitalise on the mid-Sixties, British craze for gonks (a sort of soft, furry toy). Today it is of more interest for featuring music by such artists as Lulu, The Nashville Teens, and The Graham Bond Organisation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hartford-Davis
CAST:  Kenneth Connor  •  Frank Thornton  •  Iain Gregory  •  Terry Scott

Wild Geese II (1985)

A group of mercenaries is hired to spring Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison in Berlin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter R. Hunt
CAST:  Scott Glenn  •  Barbara Carrera  •  Edward Fox  •  Laurence Olivier

A group of mercenaries is hired to spring Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison in Berlin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter R. Hunt
CAST:  Scott Glenn  •  Barbara Carrera  •  Edward Fox  •  Laurence Olivier

Yanks (1979)

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During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British girls. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Lisa Eichhorn  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  William Devane

During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British girls. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Lisa Eichhorn  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  William Devane

The Price (1985)

Geoffrey Carr is a wealthy, key player in Britain's emerging computer industry, and newly married to Frances , a much younger woman, with wilful daughter Clare from a previous marriage. He'll do anything to make them happy, including stretching his finances to buy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Smith
CAST:  Peter Barkworth  •  Harriet Walter  •  Aingeal Grehan  •  Simon Jones

Geoffrey Carr is a wealthy, key player in Britain's emerging computer industry, and newly married to Frances , a much younger woman, with wilful daughter Clare from a previous marriage. He'll do anything to make them happy, including stretching his finances to buy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Smith
CAST:  Peter Barkworth  •  Harriet Walter  •  Aingeal Grehan  •  Simon Jones

Fighting Back (1986)

A single mother returns to her home town after fifteen years of unhappy marriage and fights to make a better life for herself and her children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Seed
CAST:  Hazel O'Connor  •  Derek Thompson  •  Malcolm Frederick  •  Cheryl Maiker

A single mother returns to her home town after fifteen years of unhappy marriage and fights to make a better life for herself and her children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Seed
CAST:  Hazel O'Connor  •  Derek Thompson  •  Malcolm Frederick  •  Cheryl Maiker

A Photograph (1977)

A man's life is turned upside down when he receives a mysterious photograph in the post.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Glenister
CAST:  John Stride  •  Stephanie Turner  •  Freda Bamford  •  Eric Deacon

A man's life is turned upside down when he receives a mysterious photograph in the post.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Glenister
CAST:  John Stride  •  Stephanie Turner  •  Freda Bamford  •  Eric Deacon