Kenneth Cranham

Scottish born actor Kenneth Cranham is one of the most recognisable character actors in Britain. Having trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA, Cranham first came to prominence as Noah Claypole in the 1968 Carol Reed musical Oliver! In the late '70s, Cranham memorably played Sapper Salt in Euston Films' Danger UXB, before taking the title role in the popular postwar set period comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon. His most famous film role from around this time was Dr. Philip Channard in Hellraiser II. In more recent years he has starred in the HBO series Rome, as well as the films Hot Fuzz, Layer Cake, Valkyrie, Made in Dagenham, Maleficent and Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. Among many stage credits are West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, An Inspector Calls (both transferring to Broadway), The Ruffian on the Stair, The Birthday Party and Gaslight (at the Old Vic). For his role as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. In 2016, Cranham won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Andre in Florian Zeller's The Father. The play originated at the Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio in the Autumn of 2014, before touring the country and transferring to the West End in the Summer of 2015, and returning to the Duke of York's Theatre in Spring 2016. The play received an unprecedented five star review from every leading national press publication, and Cranham's performance was described ...

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A Good Year (2006)

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Failed London banker Max Skinner inherits his uncle's vineyard in Provence, where he spent many childhood holidays. Upon his arrival, he meets a woman from California who tells Max she is his long-lost cousin and that the property is hers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Freddie Highmore  •  Albert Finney  •  Marion Cotillard

Failed London banker Max Skinner inherits his uncle's vineyard in Provence, where he spent many childhood holidays. Upon his arrival, he meets a woman from California who tells Max she is his long-lost cousin and that the property is hers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Freddie Highmore  •  Albert Finney  •  Marion Cotillard

Blackball (2003)

Blackball follows the fortunes of Cliff Starkey, a working-class fine of lawn bowls with an exceptional talent. Wanting to take on the Aussies he manages to become regional champion, only to get banned. Sports agent Rich Schwartz picks him up and makes him so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Smith
CAST:  Paul Kaye  •  Vince Vaughn  •  Johnny Vegas  •  James Cromwell

Blackball follows the fortunes of Cliff Starkey, a working-class fine of lawn bowls with an exceptional talent. Wanting to take on the Aussies he manages to become regional champion, only to get banned. Sports agent Rich Schwartz picks him up and makes him so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Smith
CAST:  Paul Kaye  •  Vince Vaughn  •  Johnny Vegas  •  James Cromwell

Gangster No. 1 (2000)

An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk and who joined Freddie's gang—a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul McGuigan
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Jamie Foreman  •  Paul Bettany  •  Malcolm McDowell

An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk and who joined Freddie's gang—a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul McGuigan
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Jamie Foreman  •  Paul Bettany  •  Malcolm McDowell

Hot Fuzz (2007)

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As a former London constable, Nicholas Angel finds it difficult to adapt to his new assignment in the sleepy British village of Sandford. Not only does he miss the excitement of the big city, but he also has a well-meaning oaf for a partner. However, when a series ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edgar Wright
CAST:  Simon Pegg  •  Nick Frost  •  Timothy Dalton  •  Jim Broadbent

As a former London constable, Nicholas Angel finds it difficult to adapt to his new assignment in the sleepy British village of Sandford. Not only does he miss the excitement of the big city, but he also has a well-meaning oaf for a partner. However, when a series ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edgar Wright
CAST:  Simon Pegg  •  Nick Frost  •  Timothy Dalton  •  Jim Broadbent

Layer Cake (2004)

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When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Vaughn
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Colm Meaney  •  George Harris  •  Kenneth Cranham

When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Vaughn
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Colm Meaney  •  George Harris  •  Kenneth Cranham

Oliver! (1968)

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Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, a classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the workhouse and joins up with a group of boys headed by the Artful Dodger and trained to be pickpockets by master thief Fagin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Ron Moody  •  Shani Wallis  •  Oliver Reed  •  Jack Wild

Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, a classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the workhouse and joins up with a group of boys headed by the Artful Dodger and trained to be pickpockets by master thief Fagin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Ron Moody  •  Shani Wallis  •  Oliver Reed  •  Jack Wild

Prospero's Books (1991)

An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the 'The Tempest'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  John Gielgud  •  Michael Clark  •  Michel Blanc  •  Erland Josephson

An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the 'The Tempest'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  John Gielgud  •  Michael Clark  •  Michel Blanc  •  Erland Josephson

Robin and Marian (1976)

Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Lester
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Robert Shaw  •  Richard Harris

Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Lester
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Robert Shaw  •  Richard Harris

Trauma (2004)

Awaking from a coma to discover his wife has been killed in a car accident, Ben's world may as well have come to an end. A few weeks later, Ben's out of hospital and, attempting to start a new life, he moves home and is befriended by a beautiful young neighbour ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Evans
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Mena Suvari  •  Naomie Harris  •  Sean Harris

Awaking from a coma to discover his wife has been killed in a car accident, Ben's world may as well have come to an end. A few weeks later, Ben's out of hospital and, attempting to start a new life, he moves home and is befriended by a beautiful young neighbour ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Evans
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Mena Suvari  •  Naomie Harris  •  Sean Harris

Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000)

When stubborn, spotty Kevin and his equally hopeless best friend Perry go on holiday to the party island Ibiza, they see it as their big chance to become superstar club DJs and, more importantly, to lose their virginities. But they aren't prepared for the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Bye
CAST:  Harry Enfield  •  Kathy Burke  •  Rhys Ifans  •  James Fleet

When stubborn, spotty Kevin and his equally hopeless best friend Perry go on holiday to the party island Ibiza, they see it as their big chance to become superstar club DJs and, more importantly, to lose their virginities. But they aren't prepared for the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Bye
CAST:  Harry Enfield  •  Kathy Burke  •  Rhys Ifans  •  James Fleet

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Graham Faulkner  •  Judi Bowker  •  Leigh Lawson  •  Kenneth Cranham

This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Graham Faulkner  •  Judi Bowker  •  Leigh Lawson  •  Kenneth Cranham

The Boxer (1997)

Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn is imprisoned for his involvement with the I.R.A. in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill. Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old working class ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Sheridan
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Brian Cox  •  Emily Watson  •  Lorraine Pilkington

Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn is imprisoned for his involvement with the I.R.A. in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill. Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old working class ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Sheridan
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Brian Cox  •  Emily Watson  •  Lorraine Pilkington

Bed of Roses (1996)

The seeds of love are planted when Lisa, a high-powered investment banker, receives flowers from a secret admirer. But when his fairy-tale fantasies clash with her workaholic ways, they soon find out that sometimes, it's harder than it seems for love to conquer all.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Goldenberg
CAST:  Christian Slater  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Pamela Adlon  •  Josh Brolin

The seeds of love are planted when Lisa, a high-powered investment banker, receives flowers from a secret admirer. But when his fairy-tale fantasies clash with her workaholic ways, they soon find out that sometimes, it's harder than it seems for love to conquer all.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Goldenberg
CAST:  Christian Slater  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Pamela Adlon  •  Josh Brolin

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Doctor Channard is sent a new patient, a girl warning of the terrible creatures that have destroyed her family, Cenobites who offer the most intense sensations of pleasure and pain. But Channard has been searching for the doorway to Hell for years, and Kirsty must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Randel
CAST:  Clare Higgins  •  Ashley Laurence  •  Kenneth Cranham  •  Imogen Boorman

Doctor Channard is sent a new patient, a girl warning of the terrible creatures that have destroyed her family, Cenobites who offer the most intense sensations of pleasure and pain. But Channard has been searching for the doorway to Hell for years, and Kirsty must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Randel
CAST:  Clare Higgins  •  Ashley Laurence  •  Kenneth Cranham  •  Imogen Boorman

Made in Dagenham (2010)

A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nigel Cole
CAST:  Sally Hawkins  •  Bob Hoskins  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Geraldine James

A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nigel Cole
CAST:  Sally Hawkins  •  Bob Hoskins  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Geraldine James

Under Suspicion (1991)

In the late 1950s, British police officer Tony Aaron resigns from the force after sleeping with Hazel, wife of the man whose house he was supposed to guard. In his new job as a fake private investigator, he helps couples get divorces by photographing Hazel having ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Moore
CAST:  Liam Neeson  •  Laura San Giacomo  •  Kenneth Cranham  •  Maggie O'Neill

In the late 1950s, British police officer Tony Aaron resigns from the force after sleeping with Hazel, wife of the man whose house he was supposed to guard. In his new job as a fake private investigator, he helps couples get divorces by photographing Hazel having ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Moore
CAST:  Liam Neeson  •  Laura San Giacomo  •  Kenneth Cranham  •  Maggie O'Neill

Night Flight (2002)

Night Flight was a powerful drama set in 1943 and the present telling the story of two World War II veterans. Harry Peters piloted a Lancaster bomber at just 20. His now middle-class world is thrown into disarray when former comrade Vic Green lands. A tale of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Renton
CAST:  Christopher Plummer  •  Edward Woodward  •  Kenneth Cranham  •  Barbara Flynn

Night Flight was a powerful drama set in 1943 and the present telling the story of two World War II veterans. Harry Peters piloted a Lancaster bomber at just 20. His now middle-class world is thrown into disarray when former comrade Vic Green lands. A tale of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Renton
CAST:  Christopher Plummer  •  Edward Woodward  •  Kenneth Cranham  •  Barbara Flynn

The Night Watch (2011)

Set against the turbulent backdrop of London in the 1940s, this adaptation of Sarah Waters' bestselling novel, The Night Watch, follows four young Londoners inextricably linked by their wartime experiences. In a time when the barriers of sexual morality and social ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Laxton
CAST:  Jenna Augen  •  Anna Maxwell Martin  •  Neal Barry  •  Claire Foy

Set against the turbulent backdrop of London in the 1940s, this adaptation of Sarah Waters' bestselling novel, The Night Watch, follows four young Londoners inextricably linked by their wartime experiences. In a time when the barriers of sexual morality and social ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Laxton
CAST:  Jenna Augen  •  Anna Maxwell Martin  •  Neal Barry  •  Claire Foy

All the Way Up (1970)

Fred Midway may be a bit short on brains but he's got plenty of ambition. However, before he can gain promotion as a salesman he must make his family more socially acceptable.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James MacTaggart
CAST:  Warren Mitchell  •  Pat Heywood  •  Elaine Taylor  •  Kenneth Cranham

Fred Midway may be a bit short on brains but he's got plenty of ambition. However, before he can gain promotion as a salesman he must make his family more socially acceptable.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James MacTaggart
CAST:  Warren Mitchell  •  Pat Heywood  •  Elaine Taylor  •  Kenneth Cranham

Sparkling Cyanide (2003)

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tristram Powell
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Oliver Ford Davies  •  Kenneth Cranham  •  Jonathan Firth

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tristram Powell
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Oliver Ford Davies  •  Kenneth Cranham  •  Jonathan Firth
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