Timothy West

Timothy Lancaster West, CBE (born 20 October 1934 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English film, stage and television actor. West's craggy looks ensured a career as a character actor rather than a leading man. He began his career as an Assistant Stage Manager at the Wimbledon Theatre in 1956, and followed this with several seasons of repertory theatre. He acted at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1959 and was with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1965 at Stratford where he appeared in The Comedy of Errors, Timon of Athens, The Jew of Malta, Love's Labour's Lost, and Peter Hall's outstanding production of The Government Inspector at the Aldwych Theatre with Paul Scofield, Eric Porter, Donald Burton, Stanley Lebor, Bruce Condell, John Corvin and Tim Wylton among others. He was Artistic Director of the Forum Theatre, Billingham from 1980–81 and was appointed Director-in-Residence at the University of Western Australia in 1982.


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