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John Castle

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John Castle
John Castle as Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter
Born (1940-01-14) 14 January 1940
Croydon, Surrey, England, UK

John Castle (born 14 January 1940) is an English actor. Castle has acted in theatre, film and television. He is known for his role as Postumus in the BBC television adaptation of I, Claudius (1976) and for playing Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany, in the film, The Lion in Winter (1968). He also played Dr. Carrasco as well as the prisoner called "The Duke" in the film Man of La Mancha (1972), and the villain in RoboCop 3 (1993).


  • Early life 1
  • Work 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Selected filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Castle was born in Croydon, Surrey. He was educated at Brighton College and Trinity College, Dublin, and trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


Castle's first appearance was as Westmoreland onstage in Georgy.

In 1967 he made his screen debut as the plotting Prince Geoffrey in the big-screen adaptation of The Lion in Winter. The role garnered him much praise and set him on his way as an in-demand supporting actor in London and Hollywood. The film also launched the film careers of Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton and Nigel Terry.

Castle played the role of Octavius Caesar in the poorly reviewed Charlton Heston version of Antony and Cleopatra (1972), a film which received no U.S. release at all.

He appeared as Carruthers, the more honourable of a trio of schemers in an episode of Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes television series ("The Solitary Cyclist", 1984) starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes. His association with Sherlock Holmes continued with his role as Nigel St. Clair in the film version of The Crucifer of Blood (1991). He played Inspector Craddock in an adaptation of the Agatha Christie story "A Murder is Announced" (1985),[1] a role he re-created in the Marple mystery "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side" (1992). He also played the title role in the 2000 made-for-TV version of Christie's Lord Edgware Dies.

In 1990 Castle starred as Superintendent George Thorne in the BBC's full cast radio adaptations of John Penn's novels.

Personal life

Castle is married to the writer Maggie Wadey. In a biographical essay for Who's Who in the Theatre in 1981, he listed his favourite parts as Luther, Hamlet and O'Riordan.

Selected filmography




  1. ^ "A Murder is Announced". IMDB. 
  • Who's Who in the Theatre, 17th ed, 1981

External links

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