About Patrick Malahide

This is very much a work in progress. Many updates are planned and hopefully, one day, this site will be a fine representation of Patrick Malahide’s extensive body of work.

Okay, we don’t know that much about Mr. Malahide, but here’s what we do know.  Much of this has been gleaned from various sources on the internet, primarily and most notably “Patrick Malahide: An Actor’s Life” (cached version), which has done a fabulous job of compiling information about his life and career, and IMDB.com.

UPDATE Oct. 22, 2014:  Links have been added for material we’ve reviewed since this page was first written, plus as much as we know about “Indian Summers” (2015).

UPDATE May 11, 2015:  Link added for “Like Minds” as well as new information for “Indian Summers” and Mr. Malahide’s upcoming appearance in “Luther”.

UPDATE  Feb. 11, 2018:  Links (and a few new pictures) have been added for new (to us) material we’ve reviewed since the last update, plus as much as we currently know about Mr. Malahide’s new project, “Mortal Engines”.

Early Life to the SixtiesThe Seventies  |  The Eighties  |  The Nineties  |  2000 and Onward

Early Life to the Sixties


Discussing the Byre Theatre

He was born on March 24, 1945 to Irish immigrant parents in Berkshire County.  From what we can tell, this gave him a remarkable ability to utilize both Berkshire and Irish accents as well as many others later in life.  After university and a stint at teaching, he sold china door-to-door to U.S. Army families in Germany (imagine how delightful it would’ve been to have him show up at your door!).  Then, in 1969, he became stage manager of the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews, Scotland.  Fearless Admin has an excellent write-up of a short video in which Mr. Malahide discusses his time at the Byre.  He worked there for two years, directed eighteen plays, and acted in many others.  You can find a massive list of them here.

The Seventies


As bomb squad officer Conway in “Sweeney II”

From there, he applied to be a director at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh, but was hired as an actor instead.  He acted for six seasons there with major roles in productions ranging from Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to Harold Pinter, then began getting roles in  series television which we would badly like to see but haven’t been able to put our hands on – series like “The Standard“, “The Flight of the Heron”, “John Macnab“, “The Mourning Brooch“, and “Eagle of the Ninth” (playing an intriguingly scruffy-looking Celt, Cradoc).  His roles in other shows like “The New Avengers”, “Wings“, “The Professionals“, “The Sweeney“, and “Sweeney II” are easier to find online or on DVD.

(UPDATE Oct. 22, 2014:  We’ve since seen the first episode of “The Standard” and thought it was absolutely great.  Now we want to see the rest of the series!  Check out our review.)

(UPDATE Feb. 11, 2018:  We finally managed to find “Eagle of the Ninth“, featuring a young Mr. Malahide as Celtic chieftain Cradoc.  Check out the review.)

“Minder” and D.S. Chisholm


Early Chisholm. Oh dear, oh dear…

1979 saw Mr. Malahide’s first appearance as D.S. Albert “Cheerful Charlie” Chisholm in “Minder“, to our unending delight.  For his first couple of appearances, his role was very brief and he usually only appeared towards the end of the show; Chisholm’s character had not really been developed much beyond “copper” and “all-purpose antagonist” to Arthur Daley (George Cole) and Terry McCann (Dennis Waterman).  He even had to provide his own wardrobe.  However, the series writers liked what they saw and gradually began giving Chisholm more and more to do, including bestowing a Welsh D.C., “Taff” Jones (Meic Povey) upon him.  He evolved from “all-purpose antagonist” into a character with more complex motivations and somewhat obsessive tendencies, although at other times he could be completely cool, collected, and professional – depending on what the writers wanted out of him, story-wise.  Towards the end of “Minder’s” sixth season, Chisholm lost some of his complexity and became a bit more cartoony – more of a Wile E. Coyote to Arthur Daley’s Roadrunner.

The Eighties

Guy de Glastonbury, posing

Guy de Glastonbury, posing

Concurrent with his time on “Minder”, Mr. Malahide also appeared in several other series:  “Danger UXB“, playing embittered RAF bomber pilot Mike Kelly; “Shoestring”, as a nameless, creepy photographer; “Into the Labyrinth” as King James, “Armchair Thriller“, tormenting Ian McKellen as a “Barkshar” police sergeant; “The Chinese Detective“, playing Jack Turner prototype Colin Bennett; “Educating Marmalade” as “Head Screw” McCrum; “The Black Adder“, as the charming and oh-so-polite highwayman Guy de Glastonbury (another of our favourites); and in the tantalizingly and annoyingly hard-to-find “Dear Enemy” as Dr. Sandy MacRae.  We would badly love to get our hands on a copy of “Dear Enemy”, but ITV has not yet seen fit to make it available on video, so publicity pictures and reading the original novel are as good as we can get.

In 1984, Mr. Malahide appeared as the mysterious Visitor in “Dramarama” (a truly hilarious and over-the-top outing), the steady and reliable Scottish doctor Colin in Bill Forsyth’s quirky comedy-drama “Comfort and Joy” (recently rebroadcast on the BBC and badly in need of a DVD re-release), and had a brief role as Australian journalist Dennis Morgan in “The Killing Fields“, proving once again his mastery of accents.

“The Pickwick Papers” and Alfred Jingle

The irrepressible Alfred Jingle

The irrepressible Alfred Jingle

1985 brought another major role – that of Mr. Alfred Jingle in the BBC’s twelve-part dramatization of Charles Dickens’ “The Pickwick Papers“.  The extended role gave us a chance to really see what Mr. Malahide is capable of as he portrays  Jingle’s transformation from cunning yet charming charlatan, con man, and strolling actor to [SPOILERS!] humbled and penitent prisoner, to redeemed man ready to become a valued part of society.  Okay, I’m still not entirely convinced of Jingle’s transformation into the latter – I think it was all a gigantic work just so he could get himself out of prison – but we’ll go with it like Dickens wanted us to.  The performance is really a tour de force for Mr. Malahide and he appears to be having a wonderful time.  According to patrickmalahide.net, this is his favourite role – and one of ours, too.

“The Singing Detective” and the Binney/Finney Triple Threat

Mark Binney: Mad, bad, and dangerous to know.

Mark Binney: Mad, bad, and dangerous to know.

Other roles in 1985 and 1986 included small-time crim Neville in the farcical “Chance In a Million”, the enigmatic, vampiric, yet Dickensianly-named Mr. Hastymite in “December Rose“, and the triple role of Mark Binney, Raymond Binney, and Mark Finney in Dennis Potter’s six-part film noir/psychological exploration, “The Singing Detective“.  Potter’s creation is a complex trip into main character Philip Marlow’s (Michael Gambon) psyche, with the Binneys/Finney representing his deepest fears and cruelest demons, wrapped up in the framework of an intriguing pulp novel, which would be fun enough to explore all on its own.  Mr. Malahide gives us three intriguing separate, yet related characters each with his own motivations and personality.  The overall effect is a slow build to uncovering Marlow’s entrenched psychological and physical issues and in the process, discovering the true identity/ies of the Binneys/Finney.  Truly a masterwork.  Patrickmalahide.net tells us that Mr. Malahide was nominated for a BAFTA for this performance.

In 1987, Mr. Malahide appeared in August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” as Jean, the sexually harassed and harassing valet (it’s complicated, trust me), the intensely repressed Reverend J.G. Keach in “A Month in the Country” (for which he learned several minutes of Mendelssohn on the violin), and the lead role of Geoff in “Our Geoffrey” which is, again, something we’ve been unable to get hold of and would like to.

Magnus the Magician and “The One Game”

Magnus in a less than jovial mood

Magnus in a less than jovial mood

He played another intense role, the Underground Man, in Dostoyevsky’s “Notes from the Underground” in the “Ten Great Writers of the Modern World” documentary series, and headmaster Arthur Starkey in “News at Twelve”, from which we’ve seen enough pictures to completely intrigue us and make us wish it was on DVD.  He also appeared as the mysterious magician Magnus in “The One Game“, an embittered former business partner out for revenge who torments Stephen Dillane’s Nick Thorne with a variety of live role-playing (what would nowadays be called LARPing, although LARPers don’t usually use live ammo) games and logic puzzles.  He also made friends with some rats and had to run around soaking wet quite a bit of the time, when he wasn’t riding motorcycles.  It would be lovely to have a DVD commentary track for this series!

Robert Blair in lethal combination of trenchcoat and fedora

Robert Blair in lethal combination of trenchcoat and fedora

1988 also saw Mr. Malahide play the delightful Robert Blair in “The Franchise Affair“, a small-town lawyer (whom Admin has very accurately described as a provincial Alleyn) taking on his first major murder case, and the conclusion of his involvement in the “Minder” series.  There was apparently some discussion about creating a spin-off series for Chisholm and Jones, which would’ve been great if Chisholm had been allowed to be the more well-rounded, complex character he was in the earlier “Minder” seasons, but apparently this fell through.  “Minder” continued for another four seasons, but without Chisholm, who would be interested?

He went on to play the somewhat terrifying schoolmaster Mr. Quarles in 1989’s “After the War“, Uncle Adrian in Jim Henson’s “Living With Dinosaurs” (another one we can’t find! UPDATE Oct. 22, 2014:  We found it.  😉 ), caddish Jeremy Boynton in the “Driven to Distraction” episode of “Inspector Morse”, lawyer Mike Mansfield in “Who Bombed Birmingham?”, and caddish art history professor Dr. Michael Harrison in “Boon“, the latter re-teaming him with Pippa Haywood, who appeared as Magnus’ unrequited love Jenny Thorne in “The One Game”.

The Nineties

A moody Dirk-Brown in "Smack and Thistle"

A moody Dirk-Brown in “Smack and Thistle”

1991 brought another intensely repressed vicar, the Reverend Edwin Sorleyson, in “December Bride“, dipsomaniac and narcoleptic aristocrat Sir Hugo Carey-Holden in “Lovejoy” (he prefers to be addressed by his full name and title), Dirk-Brown in the intriguing-sounding “Smack and Thistle“, and Colonel Mailer in “Children of the North” (both of which we can’t find, although I recently found a publicity photo for the latter), as well as hapless health food shop owner Axel Kingman in “Means of Evil“, part of the “Ruth Rendell Mysteries” series.

(UPDATE:  Feb. 11, 2018:  We managed to find “Smack and Thistle“, in which Mr. Malahide plays an up-and-coming crim who wants to go legit, Terrence Dirk-Brown.  It was very enjoyable.  You can read Admin’s review here.)

Gorgeous but completely untrustworthy Robert Dangerfield

Gorgeous but completely untrustworthy Robert Dangerfield

We next see him as the romantic yet tragically doomed (seriously, he tore my heart out with this one) Dr. Rank in “A Doll’s House”, Chief Inspector Miller Smith in “Force of Duty” (another one we’d like to see), Assistant Commissioner Henry in “The Secret Agent” opposite David Suchet and Peter Capaldi, and yet another charming, philandering cad, Robert Dangerfield, in the three-part “The Blackheath Poisonings“.  However, things don’t work out quite as well for Dangerfield (what a great name!) as he  hopes.  He’s forced to marry his rich quarry… er, woman… in order to obtain her fortune, but she out-strategizes him.  Patrickmalahide.net also tells me that he was beginning to film the first Alleyn series at this time.

The Reverend Edward Casaubon and “Middlemarch”

casaubon as aquinas middlemarch

Casaubon doing his very best Thomas Aquinas imitation

We were fortunate enough to get two major series starring Mr. Malahide in 1994.  The first is an eight-part series based on George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” (my first introduction to his work), playing the deeply intellectual but insular, insecure, and repressed Reverend Edward Casaubon (another favourite around here).  Often viewed as simply a straightforward villain, Mr. Malahide actually brings a great deal of humanity and sympathy to Casaubon, giving him depth and complexity and inviting the viewer to understand him further than his surface appearance and motivations.  He has great potential as a husband and human being that he sadly squanders.

Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, the Gentleman Detective

The always impeccable Alleyn

The always impeccable Alleyn

The second series is the “Inspector Alleyn Mysteries” starring Mr. Malahide as Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, Ngaio Marsh’s “gentleman detective”.  It completely blew my mind when I realized that Mr. Malahide played Casaubon and Alleyn concurrently at one point, because the two characters were so completely different.  Where Casaubon was cold and stand-offish, Alleyn was warm and charming.  Where Casaubon was paralyzed with doubt or lashing out from insecurity, Alleyn was confident, logical, and thoughtful.   He was also stylish as all get-out, impeccably attired in tailored Forties suits and almost always carrying gloves and an umbrella (just in case).  Partnered with the steady, ever-reliable Inspector Fox (William Simons), Alleyn went on to solve two seasons’ worth of mysteries.  I was sorely disappointed when I discovered that was all.  I would’ve loved to have seen Mr. Malahide develop the character even further.

Breaking out the tux as Leonid Kleist

Breaking out the tux as Leonid Kleist

Following the “Inspector Alleyn Mysteries”, Mr. Malahide next appeared in a series of movies, ranging from “A Man of No Importance“, playing Irish bus inspector Carson (irresistibly attractive to uniformed schoolgirls, perhaps due to his long, black trenchcoat and cap), to George Bucsan in “Two Deaths” (UPDATE  Feb. 11, 2018:  Reviewed by Admin here), miserly recluse Uncle Ebenezer in “Kidnapped” (another favourite), bewigged Governor Ainslee in “Cutthroat Island” (easily the best thing in that entire film), shadowy CIA operative Leland Perkins in “Long Kiss Goodnight” (sporting an American accent this time), and power-behind-the-throne Leonid Kleist in “The Beautician and the Beast“, using an indeterminate eastern European accent opposite Timothy Dalton’s Stalinesque dictator Boris Pochenko.  It’s more fun than it sounds, I swear.

Mr. Lancing, trying to be nice to the Quakers

Mr. Lancing, trying to be nice to the Quakers

He also appeared as Timo in “‘Til There Was You” (UPDATE Oct. 22, 2014: Another one we’ve recently found and will be reviewing), Bailie Creech in “Deacon Brodie”, Bertram Lamb in “U.S. Marshals” (with another American accent), the real-life John Harrison in the docudrama “Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude“, and real-life, heroic German naval attaché Georg Duckwitz in “Miracle at Midnight“, who was instrumental in saving many of Denmark’s Jews from the Nazis in 1943.  Then came roles as Melrose in “Heaven” (UPDATE Nov. 21, 2014: Recently reviewed by Admin), the wonderfully bureaucratic Mr. Lancing in “Captain Jack” (who’s probably still getting over his encounter with the Quakers), and a very brief blink-and-you’ll-miss-him as Swiss banker Lachaise in “The World Is Not Enough“, where he had the dubious privilege of being threatened with death by Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond.  However, Admin and I have a theory that Lachaise actually faked his death just to escape all the ridiculous espionage nonsense.  With a suitable collection of Swiss banking codes, of course.

(UPDATE:  Feb. 11, 2018:  Admin happened across “The Writing on the Wall“, a 1996 four-part NATO/espionage thriller which doesn’t star Mr. Malahide, but was written and executive produced by him.  It boasts a surprisingly good cast, including Bill Paterson, William H. Macy, Dennis Haysbert, and Celia Imrie.  You can check out her review here.)

2000 and Onward

Capt. Claude Howlett in "All the King's Men"

Capt. Claude Howlett in “All the King’s Men”

He next appeared in the wrenching, touchingly moving miniseries “All the King’s Men” as Captain Claude Howlett, a World War I medical officer sent to Gallipoli as part of the Sandringham Company on a mission he knows is doomed, yet he manages to find reserves of bravery within himself.  Admin and I have intentions to recap that one, but we want to be sure of doing it justice (UPDATE Nov. 21, 2014: We reviewed it and really enjoyed it.).  The year 2000 brought with it roles in “Ordinary Decent Criminal” as Commissioner Daly, “Fortress 2” as Peter Teller (that one has Christopher Lambert in it, which is usually a bad sign), “Billy Elliott” as the Dance Academy Principal, and “Quills” as Delbené.

(UPDATE  Feb. 11, 2018:  I’ve since watched and reviewed “Fortress 2” and it was… quite the experience.   You can read my review here.)

Sir John Conroy, hard at work

Sir John Conroy, hard at work

In 2001 and 2002, Mr. Malahide appeared as German Colonel Barge in the World War II drama “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” (another blink-and-you’ll-miss-him), but we had much better luck when he appeared as Sir John Conroy in the two-part miniseries, “Victoria and Albert“.  He only appeared in the first part, but he made an indelible impression as the autocratic head of the Duchess of Kent’s household and Victoria’s de facto (and extremely opportunistic) guardian.  This was followed by roles as the delightfully rakish and charming Sir Myles in “The Abduction Club“, Dr. Colworth in “The Final Curtain” (UPDATE Feb. 11, 2018:  Reviewed by Admin here), and Headmaster Ralston in a remake of “Goodbye, Mr. Chips“, opposite Martin Clunes as the titular character.

Rev. Patrick Brontë in "In Search of the Brontës"

Father knows best:  Rev. Patrick Brontë
in “In Search of the Brontës”

He followed this with the role of the Reverend Patrick Brontë in the two-part docudrama, “In Search of the Brontës“, as the father of the famous Brontë sisters; a very brief appearance as barrister Sir Montague Depleach in the Agatha Christie mystery “Five Little Pigs” (again opposite David Suchet, this time as Hercule Poirot); and as Arthur Frommer – who, much to my shock and amazement, turned out to be a real travel writer – in the execrable teen comedy (blargh!) “EuroTrip“.  I’m sorry, but that movie has no redeeming features and I’ve actually seen it three times now (only once on purpose).  Mr. Malahide was perfectly competent in his very brief role, but the movie was otherwise so awful that I really hope he got a trip to Italy out of it or something! (UPDATE Feb. 11, 2018:  We gave “EuroTrip’s” Arthur Frommer a brief Honourable Mention in our “Adorkable Nerds” post.)

Sir Francis Walsingham: Ruthless and loyal

Sir Francis Walsingham: Ruthless and loyal

But 2004 and 2005 also brought us the excellent mystery/drama “Amnesia“, in which Mr. Malahide played sharply intelligent (and ever-prepared) D.I. Brennan opposite John Hannah and Brendan Coyle; another brief role as Charles Ilford in “The Rocket Post” (I wished we’d seen a lot more of him); Ambassador Polidori in “Sahara”, an unnamed Minister in “Extras” (holding his own opposite Samuel L. Jackson), the entrepreneurial Anders in “Friends and Crocodiles” (would’ve liked to have seen him have a few scenes with Damian Lewis), and perhaps best of all, Sir Francis Walsingham in the two-part “Elizabeth I“.  Walsingham was a truly interesting character:  absolutely ruthless, intelligent, and cunning; willing to employ underhanded methods just as his enemies were doing, but completely loyal to his Queen – played in this case by Helen Mirren.

(UPDATE Feb. 11, 2018:  Ambassador Polidori got an Honourable Mention in our “Officious Gits” post, and Admin reviewed “Friends and Crocodileshere.)

A Diamond Geezer and a Sharp Solicitor

Lenny Richards: Hot-shot lawyer, terrible Elvis imitator

Lenny Richards: Hot-shot lawyer, terrible Elvis imitator

He then took a little trip to the wrong side of the law as Cockney criminal Derek “Chopper” Hadley in an episode of “New Tricks” called “Diamond Geezers”. Amusingly enough, he was opposite “Minder’s” Dennis Waterman again, except  this time Waterman was playing retired cop Gerry Standing and Chopper was the bad guy (although I didn’t think he was all that bad – for a guy who habitually carried a hatchet).  Then came the Headmaster in “Like Minds” (UPDATE:  May 11, 2015:  Reviewed by Admin), President Eisenhower in “Suez: A Very British Crisis”, the wonderfully sensitive, devoted grandfather John Poole in the four-part miniseries “Five Days” (UPDATE: Oct. 22, 2014: We’ve since reviewed it, and it’s excellent), and the sharp-as-a-tack, yet romantic solicitor Leonard Richards in “Sensitive Skin” (another favourite of ours), opposite Maggie Steed and Joanna Lumley.

Master spy Professor Fisher in "The 39 Steps"

Master spy Professor Fisher in “The 39 Steps”

Roles followed in 2008’s “Ten Days to War” as Sir Jeremy Greenstock (UPDATE:  Feb. 11, 2018:  Reviewed by Admin), a remake of “Brideshead Revisited” as the dotty yet humorously acerbic Mr. Edward Ryder (who can tell you more about owls than you’ll ever want to know), cunning master spy Professor Fisher, who torments Rupert Penry-Jones’ Richard Hannay in “The 39 Steps“, Richard in “A Short Stay in Switzerland” opposite Harriet Walter, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery in “Into the Storm“, and the mysterious Landry in the post-apocalyptic  drama “Survivors” – which sadly, never got a second season so we could see what Landry was really up to.  Mr. Malahide then had several guest appearances as Robert Ridley, Q.C., who tormented Ben Daniels’ James Steele in “Law & Order: U.K.“, and also undertook the role of Claudius in National Theatre Live’s production of “Hamlet” – which both Admin and I would really like to see, but haven’t been able to yet.

Two Ruthless Businessmen:  Glendenning and Turner

Lord Glendenning: More dangerous than he looks

Lord Glendenning: More dangerous than he looks

More recent productions (as of the time of this writing) include “Endeavour“, a prequel to John Thaw’s “Morse” series starring Shaun Evans as the young Morse, in which Mr. Malahide played the decidedly nasty Sir Richard Lovell.  He followed this with the decidedly non-nasty Lord Glendenning (well, unless you crossed him in business or toyed with his daughter’s affections) in the first season of the Victorian shop drama, “The Paradise“.  We were extremely pleased when “The Paradise” was broadcast nearly concurrently with “Hunted“, in which Mr. Malahide played ruthless Cockney-crimelord-turned-business-magnate – and doting grandad – Jack Turner.  Both Lord Glendenning and Jack Turner were pretty ruthless in their own ways, but only one of them would actually shed your blood while making sure you weren’t a threat any more.  Well… that we saw on screen.

Lord Reaper of Pyke

Balon Greyjoy: Lord Reaper of Pyke, disappointed father

Balon Greyjoy: Lord Reaper of Pyke, disappointed father

We were also delighted when we first heard that Mr. Malahide had been cast as Balon Greyjoy in “Game of Thrones“, the sprawling medieval-ish fantasy/adventure HBO series based on the books by George R.R. Martin.  As of the time of writing, it’s three seasons in and Balon is still alive – an admirable record among Martin characters.  He’s the Lord Reaper of Pyke and in open rebellion against all of the other powerful characters, because that’s the sort of a ruthless pirate king he is.  But he’s also gravely disappointed in his children, which is par for the course.  Mr. Malahide has only appeared in three episodes (so far – knock wood!), but he’s made a very strong impression as Balon.  Take care on those bridges! (UPDATE: May 11, 2015:  And he’s still alive as of season five!)  (UPDATE:  Feb. 11, 2018:  And now he’s not, although he had a very splashy exit.  You can read Admin’s review of Balon’s final episode here.)

John Francis

John Francis: A nice, bookish gentleman

John Francis: A nice, bookish gentleman

In 2014, Mr. Malahide  appeared in the first two episodes of the four-part miniseries “New Worlds” as 17th Century Catholic nobleman John Francis.  The series itself suffered from uneven, choppy writing that made it seem as if one was watching an assortment of barely related events and some really dreadful dialogue, but Mr. Malahide (and his co-stars Eve Best and James McArdle) were able to do an astonishing amount with the material they had.  In particular, John Francis had some of the most moving scenes while he was imprisoned and describing his fear of betraying his wife, who had the reputation of being a former rebel.  The series would’ve been vastly improved had there been more John Francis in it.

Lord Willingdon, Viceroy of India

Lord Willingdon: Old-fashioned charm in a new political world

Lord Willingdon: Old-fashioned charm
in a new political world

UPDATE:  May 11, 2015:  “Indian Summers” has just finished its ten-episode run for its first season.  Both Admin and I enjoyed it a great deal (you can read our reviews here), and Mr. Malahide’s Viceroy, the real-life Lord Willingdon, was a big part of that.  The story takes place in India in 1932, the last days of the British Raj.  Lord Willingdon is arguably the most powerful man on the continent; he represents the King’s rule, but he’s also very human.  He’s at once caring, jovial, sentimental, and occasionally dotty, while also being no-nonsense,  experienced, very business-like, and not to be trifled with in political matters, leading to occasional clashes with his private secretary, Ralph Whelan (Henry Lloyd-Hughes, also turning in an excellent performance), who has more modern ideas.  Yet Lord Willingdon is also trying to deal with a huge amount of change, and exist in two different worlds.  Mr. Malahide appeared in only four episodes this series, but “Indian Summers” has been renewed for a second season that promises to cover “a Viceroy’s last summer”.  We have high hopes that we’ll see a lot more of Lord Willingdon in series 2.

UPDATE:  Feb. 11, 2018:  “Indian Summers” series 2 aired and gave us a lot more of Lord Willingdon – although still not as much as we might’ve liked.  We got to see a vulnerable Viceroy who was learning to live in a world that was moving past him, and who was forced to realize that his  trusted secretary, Ralph Whelan, wasn’t everything he seemed to be.  The series has since been cancelled, but we were glad we got to see Lord Willingdon finish out his tenure.  You can read our reviews here.

George Cornelius in “Luther”

Filming "Luther" with Idris Elba

Filming “Luther” with Idris Elba

May 11, 2015:  We don’t yet know much about Mr. Malahide’s character in “Luther“, but we do know that he’ll be appearing in a two-part episode this fall.  Admin has found some extremely intriguing photos of the episode being filmed, including what looks like a clandestine conference on a bridge (see left), as well as a glimpse of series star Idris Elba marching Mr. Malahide away with his jacket yanked over his head!  We’re guessing that his character is some sort of criminal who is likely providing information to D.I. Luther, but we really don’t know yet.  In any case, we can’t wait to find out.

UPDATE:  Feb. 11, 2018:    Mr. Malahide appeared as genial Cockney crimelord George Cornelius in two episodes of “Luther” and is now due to appear again in series five, much to our delight.    He made George C. a memorable, enjoyable character and a welcome breath of fresh air in an otherwise very heavy storyline.  You can read Admin’s reviews here.

Perplexed but poised: George Wilkins in "Bridget Jones's Baby"

Perplexed but poised: George Wilkins in
“Bridget Jones’s Baby”

In addition, Mr. Malahide had a brief (but fun) appearance as Foreign Secretary George Wilkins in “Bridget Jones’s Baby” in 2016, being interviewed on television by Bridget’s friend and co-worker, Miranda.  Miranda was a tad distracted during the interview so things didn’t go exactly as planned, but George Wilkins (and his socks) was/were delightful.  You can read our reviews here.

“Mortal Engines”

UPDATE:  Feb. 11, 2018:  We were also delighted to learn that Mr. Malahide had been cast to play the ruthless Lord Mayor of London, Magnus Crome, in the science fiction/steampunk movie “Mortal Engines“, based on a series of YA novels by Philip Reeve.  In this fantasy epic, the Earth’s resources have been almost used up and cities are now predatory and mobile, chasing and gobbling up smaller cities for their resources.  The movie is due for release in December 2018.  You can see everything we know about this new project (so far), including a teaser trailer,  by clicking here.

In addition to everything mentioned above, Mr. Malahide has had a lengthy career in theatre and a large number of writing credits to his name.  We’re less familiar with these aspects of his work just because of sheer geography (and lack of DVDs!), but it would be an enormous treat to see him acting in live theatre – either from his days at the Byre or in one of his more current roles, like Claudius in “Hamlet”.  Visiting the Writing, Theatre, and Biography pages of patrickmalahide.net provides a more complete sense of the vast body of his work.  He’s narrated a lot of audio books and provided his voice to various radio plays as well, which are extremely enjoyable listening; you can find a list of many of them here.

We’ve only scratched the surface here, but we hope to see Mr. Malahide in many, many roles yet to come.

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  2. Patti B says:

    I see here (http://www.filmreference.com/film/86/Patrick-Malahide.html) that Patrick did something for BBC Scotland entitled “Wax Fruit.” Do you happen to know anything about that?


    • admin says:

      I’ve also read about him being in Wax Fruit, but I’m afraid I don’t know anything about it. He did quite a bit of work in Scotland early in his career though, appearing in several Scottish productions. I’d love to see them all 🙂

  3. Iain Hampton says:

    Only recently have I come to appreciate Patrick Malahide’s rich acting talent.

    For many years I have enjoyed my copy of “The Franchise Affair”, frequently re-playing it for friends and family members. It is a perfect translation of the Josephine Tey novel and Malahide gives a wonderful performance as Robert Blair.

    More recently, I have enjoyed his occasional appearances in “Law & Order – UK” and his performances in “The Paradise”, “Five Little Pigs” and “Endeavour”.

    Unfortunately, the Roderick Alleyn series did not find an appreciative audience here in Australia. Agatha Christie is far more familiar to viewers than Ngaio Marsh and I suspect many are more likely to wax nostalgic about Poirot and Marple than they are about Alleyn.

    I’m glad to have happened upon this site. It astonishes me how much of his work has passed me by. I intend to track down many of the performances listed by you and I look forward to enjoying more of Mr Malahide’s work.

    • RFodchuk says:

      Thanks very much for your kind words! 🙂 It’s too bad “The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries” didn’t catch on in Australia, but they’re certainly worth obtaining on DVD. They can also sometimes be found on Youtube. I find them much more interesting than Poirot or Marple, which have been done and re-done so many times.

      If you haven’t yet seen Mr. Malahide in the recent “Indian Summers” series, you should definitely look out for it. He plays the extremely charming, slightly dotty (but also very canny) Lord Willingdon, Viceroy of India. And we at the Appreciation are eagerly awaiting his appearance in “Luther”, coming up on December 15, as well as his next appearance in “Game of Thrones” season 6.

      Glad to know we could give you the heads-up on some of his lesser known roles. 🙂 Mr. Malahide’s work is always worth looking out for.

  4. Rita Seed says:

    Love the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries not enough made, and would have loved the relation ship with Troy to have ended happily.Rita Seed

  5. Tracy Banks says:

    I believe that Patrick played a murderer in the ‘Thriller’ series in the late 70s. He ended up dead himself, pressed against a window which was an image that haunted my childhood (I was watching on a B&W portable without my parents’ permission.) Can anyone confirm it was him?

    • admin says:

      I’m not sure. He was in Armchair Thriller, but he played a police sergeant in that one and survives, though it does have a faux corpse near a train window. He also appeared in a thrilling episode of ITV Playhouse called Love-Lies-Bleeding where he plays a very violent bodyguard, but I haven’t seen that one and do not what his fate is.

  6. Cathy says:

    Brilliant actor.
    I relax and watch Inspector Alleyn…..ahhhh!..great to watch a professional at work + a talented cast.

  7. Sherry B. Gregory-Hansley says:

    I found this only recently as I had a note from a journalist seeking info or direct contact w/Patrick (and other requests for photos); it seemed odd after many years since I had pulled the website – Patrick Malahide: An Actor’s Life after a lengthy time compiling the data and pestering Patrick for more information. (I had informed Patrick at the time that I removed it from the internet; he considered having a new publicist work on something similar.) I appreciate your mention, kind words, and providing a link in your site. Angie, I believe we emailed a few times back then as you had an interest in continuing the site or simply in Patrick and his wonderful work!! I’m so glad that you persevered – the site is lovely and I’m sure he appreciates it. At the time I was overloaded with work and the requests and fanmail were getting out of hand. As a go-between, I referred everything to him that I received and our last emails were about 2 years ago. He’s a sweet and profound gentleman; extremely intelligent, courteous, humorous, and talented. The title of the site was his choice. I have so many notes, photos, references, discs, books, and other info that he sent when that site was being created. If there’s anything you need, don’t hesitate to ask. I’d be happy to add to your compilation. Congratulations on a super reference; he continues to amaze me!!!

    • admin says:

      Hi Sherry, Thank you so much for your very generous offer. Yes, both RFodchuk, who I run the Appreciation with, and I agree that Patrick is utterly amazing. He makes every role special. More than anything we are hoping he will have some upcoming projects. I am sure he needs time to himself to relax and enjoy life and family, but we do miss him on our screens. 🙂 Also we are very curious about any information related to “Dear Enemy.” We have received several requests concerning its availability, etc. Hopefully some day it may be released on DVD. Any information concerning it would be very much appreciated. Thank you once again. An Actors Life provided us with an amazing amount of information and insight into Mr. Malahide’s life and career.

  8. Peter Mitchell says:

    Patrick’s great acting career was burnished initially in the 1960s with some very talented ndividuals in Edinburgh University’s dramatic society, or Dram Soc. Known then as Patrick Duggan, he brought intensity to everything he tackled and it was no surprise that he chose to make a career in the theatre. I had a stab at the acting game in London in 1967 but only landed one non-speaking part as a porter at Waterloo station in an experimental film about an eastern European refugee. If you blinked, you would have missed my cameo appearance at the world premiere of the film, shown at the British Film Institute on the South Bank. Thanks to another Dram Soc star, Louise Panton, who went on to become a Bafta award-winning film maker, I was a stagehand at the Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre for Mazoltov, a Jewish musical featuring the great Bernard Bresslaw. Well done, Patrick.

    • admin says:

      It must have been wonderful seeing a young Patrick giving it his all on stage. I can just imagine the intensity he would have brought. Love the Bernard Bresslaw shoutout. He was very talented and I always enjoy watching him in those Carry Ons. They do have their charm 🙂 And congratulations on your cameo 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. Christine Troak says:

    by accident I found this “all about Patrick Malahide” – brilliant and very interesting. I have met him a couple of times post-theatre, quiet and gentlemanly but I would have like to have asked more about his Roderick Alleyn character and whose decision was it to stop making the series. Did he enjoy the part and was maybe worried about getting “stuck in a groove”? because he long ago proved that he is able to play so many different characters. Or was it the “makers” of the series who decided enough was enough. IT WASN’T

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