Kenneth Cranham



Place of birth:

Dunfermline - Scotland - UK:


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 as "the performance of his life" His first wife was actress Diana Quick. He has two daughters: Nancy Cranham with actress Charlotte Cornwell, and Kathleen Cranham with his second wife, actress Fiona Victory, whom he met on the set of Shine on Harvey Moon.


Mr. Jones (2019)
Lloyd George
Official Secrets (2019)
Judge Hyam
Egon Schiele: Dangerous Desires (2018)
Leopold Czihaczek
Joe Orton Laid Bare (2017)
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)
Joe Turner
Dark Ditties Presents: The Offer (2017)
The Host
Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (2015)
Maleficent (2014)
King Henry
The Legend of Hercules (2014)
Closed Circuit (2013)
Cameron Fischer
Flying Blind (2013)
Panto! (2012)
Graffiti Wars (2011)
Narrator (Voice)
The Night Watch (2011)
Horace Mundy
National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard (2011)
Made in Dagenham (2010)
Monty Taylor
Harold Pinter: A Celebration (2010)
Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen (2009)
MJ O'Loughlin
Valkyrie (2008)
Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades (2007)
Colonel Schmidt
Sinking of the Lusitania (2007)
Captain Turner
Hot Fuzz (2007)
James Reaper
A Good Year (2006)
Sir Nigel
The Lavender List (2006)
Harold Wilson
Layer Cake (2004)
Jimmy Price
Trauma (2004)
DC Jackson
Man Dancin' (2004)
D.I. Pancho Villers
Sparkling Cyanide (2003)
George Barton
Blackball (2003)
Chairman Collins
Killing Hitler (2003)
Brigadier Sir Stewart Menzies
Pollyanna (2003)
Mr. Pendleton
Night Flight (2002)
Two Men Went To War (2002)
Sgt. Peter King
Women Talking Dirty (2001)
Shiner (2000)
Born Romantic (2000)
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
Lady Audley's Secret (2000)
Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000)
The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (1999)
Michael Mansfield QC
Vigo (1998)
The Producer
RPM (1998)
The Boxer (1997)
Matt MaGuire
Midnight Man (1997)
Brig. Charles Ferguson
Deep in the Heart (1996)
Robert Flaherty
On Dangerous Ground (1996)
Brig. Charles Ferguson
Bed of Roses (1996)
Requiem Apache (1994)
Tale of a Vampire (1992)
Under Suspicion (1991)
Prospero's Books (1991)
Monkey Boy (1990)
Just Another Secret (1989)
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Dr. Philip Channard / Channard Cenobite
The Black and Blue Lamp (1988)
Stealing Heaven (1988)
Vice Chancellor Suger
The Birthday Party (1987)
Stanley Webber
Making Waves (1987)
Dead Man's Folly (1986)
Insp. Bland
Lady Windermere's Fan (1985)
Lord Darlington
The Caretaker (1981)
The Sin Bin (1981)
Alan Grieves
The Merchant of Venice (1980)
'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1980)
Donkeys' Years (1980)
Bill Taylor
Joseph Andrews (1977)
The Wicked Squire
Robin and Marian (1976)
Jack's Apprentice
Vampira (1974)
The Changeling (1974)
Achilles Heel (1973)
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
Fragment of Fear (1970)
All the Way Up (1970)
Otley (1968)
Oliver! (1968)
Noah Claypole
Born a King ()
Lord Curzon