STAFFORD GORDON by Peter Simpkin
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Phone: 020-7437 7631
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Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Height:5'11" (180cm)
Weight:11st. 9lb. (74kg)
Playing Age:61 - 70 years
Eye Colour:Green
Hair Colour:Grey
Hair Length:Mid Length
Voice Character:Authoritative
Voice Quality:Clear

Currently appearing:

Please see my National Press criticisms in the notes section below.

Television Stage Film Television Movie Musical
2008, Television, John Murdoch (LEAD), Touched by Evil, Talkback Thames, Ken Grieve (SEE SHOWREEL)
2006, Television, Dave Shepherd (PRINCIPAL), Trusting the Enemy, Talkback Thames, Nigel Bristow
2003, Television, PC Graham Marley, Eastenders, BBC, Tim Leandro
2001, Television, Catcher (SERIAL REGULAR), The Legend of the Lost Keys, BBC, Colin Cant
1998, Television, Mr Willis (PRINCIPAL), Four Weddings and a Punch Up, Carlton, Alex Kirby
1996, Television, Commander Trayner (SERIES REGULAR), Prime Suspect, Granada. (BEST DRAMA SERIES BAFTA), Paul Marcus (SEE SHOWREEL)
1994, Television, David Wilson (LEAD), Short Sharp Shock, Pearson, Tania Diez
1988, Television, Terblanche (PRINCIPAL), One Day, BBC, Anthony Geffen (SINGLE PLAY)
1987, Television, Cyllas Rouse, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Granada, Paul Annett (SEE SHOWREEL)
1986, Television, Councillor Boyer (PRINCIPAL), Home Front, BBC, Penny Cherns (SINGLE PLAY)
1985, Television, Pollard (LEAD), Black Magic Man, TVS, James Hill
1984, Television, Vic Burton (PRINCIPAL), The Carsat Crisis, BBC, Roger Cheveley (SINGLE PLAY)
1983, Television, Robert Hewitt (LEAD), Too Bad For Tobias, Yorkshire, Bill Gilmore (SINGLE PLAY)
1983, Television, Jim Allen (SERIES PRINCIPAL), The Squad, Thames, Paddy Russell
1982, Television, DI Armstrong, Minder, Thames, Ian Toynton
1982, Television, Mr John Howard (SERIES REGULAR), Airline, Yorkshire, Roger Cheveley
1982, Television, Centurion, Androcles and The Lion, by GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, BBC, Ronald Smedley
1982, Television, Fuller (PRINCIPAL), Killer Waiting, Yorkshire, Michael Ferguson (SINGLE PLAY)
1981, Television, RSM Tom Gilby (SERIES PRINCIPAL), Spearhead in Hong Kong (SEE SHOWREEL/PRESS CRITICISM), Southern, James Ormerod
1980, Television, RSM Tom Gilby (SERIES PRINCIPAL), Spearhead in Germany (SEE NATIONAL PRESS CRITIICISM), Southern, James Ormerod
1979, Television, RSM Tom Gilby (SERIES PRINCIPAL), Spearhead (SEE SHOWREEL/NATIONAL PRESS CRITICISM), Southern, James Ormerod
1978, Television, Detective Inspector Craig (PRINCIPAL), Left for Dead, BBC, Christopher Morahan. (SINGLE PLAY)
1977, Television, Sergeant Meachin (PRINCIPAL), The Velvet Glove, BBC, James Ormerod (SINGLE PLAY)
1990, Stage, Souvarine (PRINCIPAL), Germinal, Paines Plough, Pip Broughton (SEE NATIONAL PRESS CRITICISM)
1984, Stage, Major Harold Snyman (PRINCIPAL), The Biko Inquest, United British Artists, Albert Finney (SEE SHOWREEL)
1982, Stage, Ken, Srangers in The Night, New End Theatre, Penny Cherns
1980, Stage, Stefan (PRINCIPAL), A Seventh Man, Hampstead Theatre, Roland Rees (SEE NATIONAL PRESS CRITICISM)
1979, Stage, SEBASTIAN, THE TEMPEST, Welsh Drama Company, Michael Geliot
1978, Stage, Bruno, Cock Artist (by RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER), Foco Novo, Roland Rees
1978, Stage, Fitch, The Laundrette, Soho Poly, James O'Brien (COMEDY)
1977, Stage, Foulstrand Quarantine Master, A Dream Play (by AUGUST STRINDBERG), Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Mike Ockrent
1977, Stage, Warshaviak, Hefetz, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, David Mouchtar-Samorai (BLACK COMEDY)
1977, Stage, Leader of the Second Caravan, The Exception and The Rule, (by BERTOLT BRECHT) Traverse Theate Edinburgh, Radu Penciulescu
1977, Stage, Agitator, The Measures Taken, by BERTOLD BRECHT, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Radu Penciulescu
1976, Stage, HENRY THE FIFTH, KING HENRY THE FIFTH, Connaught Theatre, Philip Hinton
1976, Stage, Magistrate, The Shoemakers, Half Moon, Maurice Colebourne (THEATRE OF THE ABSURD)
1975, Stage, Wishy Washy, Aladdin, Foco Novo, Roland Rees (COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE)
1975, Stage, Station Master, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Oxford Playhouse, Frank Hauser
1975, Stage, Abraham Lincoln (PRINCIPAL), The President, Theatre Centre, Ronald Chennery
2000, Film, Commissioner Ian Johnston (PRINCIPAL), The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (SEE SHOWREEL), Granada Film (BEST SINGLE DRAMA BAFTA), Paul Greengrass (SEE NATIONAL PRESS CRITICISM)
1981, Film, Frank (LEAD), Bread (COMEDY), Metropolis Pictures, Peter Berry (SEE SHOWREEL)
1975, Film, Barton Sorrel, Captain Kronos, Hammer, Brian Clemens
Television Movie
1987, Television Movie, John Eastwood (PRINCIPAL), Battered Baby, BBC Horizon, Penny Cherns
1984, Television Movie, Major Harold Snyman (PRINCIPAL), The Biko Inquest, Channel Four, Graham Evans (SEE SHOWREEL)
1975, Musical, Atheist, Pilgrim (ROCK MUSICAL), Prospect Theatre Company, Toby Robertson


Accents & Dialects:
(* = native)
American-Standard, Australian, Cockney*, French, German, Irish RP, London*, RP*, Russian, Welsh-Standard, West Country
(* = Native/Fluent)
Music & Dance:
(* = highly skilled)
Performance:Role Play, Voice Over
(* = highly skilled)
Cycling*, Horse-riding, Motor Racing, Parachuting, Shooting*, Snooker*, Swimming*, Weight Training
Vehicle Licences:Car Driving Licence, Farm Machinery, Motorcycle Licence
Other Skills:Improvisation


Thirty years experience, starting in weekly rep' and progressing through fortnightly rep', number one tours and two Edinburgh Festivals, playing Shakespeare, Brecht, Chekhov, Strindberg, original plays, plays with songs, a Rock Musical, Theatre of the absurd and in the round.

Television has included single plays by among others John Hopkins and Andrew Davies, and BAFTA winning drama series and films with diectors Albert Finney and Paul Greengrass.

Teaching at both London and Tring Arts Educational Schools.


"Showing the film The Murder of Stephen Lawrence at peak-time on our most watched channel could turn the murder into one of those occasional real-life parables that change the way a people thinks about itself...The faces of the alleged killers are among the most terrifying images of modern Britain, but the faces of Stafford Gordon and David Calder as the Met's absurd police chiefs will remain with me as long."

Andrew Billen, Evening Standard.

"There is, they say, a perfect production of Twelfth Night laid up for us in Heaven, but until we reach that blessed state Nancy Meckler's Young Vic version will do very nicely to be going on with."

Michael Billington, The Guardian.

"Stafford Gordon's Orsino is a braw bearded laird, for which virility much thanks."

John Barber, Daily Telegraph.

"Twice in these pages I have urged you to watch Spearhead and I make no apology for returning to the subject. This last episode alone argues for the return of the series."

Patrick Stoddart, London Evening News.

"I have seldom felt as disturbingly excited as I was at the action scenes, many shot at night, all of them horribly convincing. What an excellent series Spearhead has been."

Bill Grundy, Evening Standard.

"Rock solid at the centre of it all in Spearhead is Sergeant Major Tom Gilby, a beautifully judged portrayal of the true professional by Stafford Gordon."

Robin Stringer, Daily Telegraph.

"In Adrian Mitchell's adaptation of John Berger's A Seventh Man, Stafford Gordon heads a strong cast as Stefan, a wily clown expert at tying bureaucracy in knots."

Michael Billington, The Guardian.

"The opposing groups in Germinal, thrashing around with increasing frenzy on their industrial treadmill, are calmly observed by the motionless Souvarine (Stafford Gordon)"

Irving Wardle, The Times.

"The deep thinking Russian nihilist Souvarine is imbued with a quiet, self-contained, iron inner strength by Stafford Gordon."

Roger Malone, The Stage.