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Edwardian Woodward

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Other non-musical stage work would include the comedy "The Best Laid Plans," an acclaimed title role in "Cyrano de Bergerac," as well as noble appearances in "The White Devil," "Babes in the Wood" (as Robin Hood), "The Wolf," "The Male of the Species," "The Beggar's Opera" (as Macheath), "Private Lives" and "The Dead Secret. His vocal ability and acting skill enabled him to make a number of appearances when time allowed on the BBC's Edwardian era music hall programme, The Good Old Days.

With this in mind, minor blemishes, surface scratches, manufacturing flaws and a general sense of their age and history are naturally to be expected.

He dressed immaculately, drove a Jaguar and carried a gun; unusually in this genre, the hero was on the wrong side of 50 years old. Served up best in crime, historical and political intrigue, he has been completely at home playing no-nonsense authoritarians and brooding loner types.

For several episodes, additional actors were brought in to reduce the workload on Woodward as he recovered from the condition. His first marriage was to actress Venetia Barrett (born Venetia Mary Collett, 1928–2016) from 1952 to 1986. Woodward left Barrett for actress Michele Dotrice, the daughter of his contemporary Roy Dotrice, and married her in New York City in January 1987. There were also roles as F Scott Fitzgerald, the Ghost of Christmas Present (in a 1984 production of A Christmas Carol) and Sherlock Holmes. Edward Woodward would continue the theme of spycraft in the shadows in his 1980s show “The Equalizer” where he helped people the authorities couldn’t.A gifted singer who produced over a dozen musical recordings, Edward displayed his excellent singing pipes on Broadway as Charles Condomine in "High Spirits" (1963), the musical adaptation of Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit," that also starred Tammy Grimes, Louise Troy and the legendary Beatrice Lillie. Woodward went to Elmwood school in Wallington, Surrey, where he developed his interest in drama, and then arrived at Kingston commercial college at the age of 14 with the ambition of becoming a journalist.

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