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23 October 1945
|Other names||Hugh Frazer|
Hugh Fraser (born 23 October 1945) is an English actor, theatre director and author. He is best known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot opposite David Suchet as Hercule Poriot, and his role as the Duke of Wellington (replacing David Troughton) in the Sharpe television series.
Fraser was born in Westminster, yet grew up in the Midlands. He studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Fraser's first big break came after portraying Anthony Eden in the 1978 television series Edward & Mrs. Simpson, with Edward Fox, after which he was frequently cast as upper class or aristocratic characters, such as Mr Talmann in Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract.
Born in Westminster in 1945, but brought up in the Midlands, Hugh Fraser studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. As a member of folk band Telltale, Hugh co-wrote and performed the theme music for Rainbow, the ITV children's television series.
Fraser's first big break came after portraying Anthony Eden in the 1978 television series Edward & Mrs. Simpson, with Edward Fox, after which he was frequently cast as upper class or aristocratic characters, such as Mr Talmann in Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract.
He has regularly appeared on film and in television and is best known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot opposite David Suchet, and his role as the Duke of Wellington (replacing David Troughton) in the Sharpe television series. He has also narrated Poirot audiobooks, including Elephants Can Remember.
In the 1980s, he appeared in the BBC thriller Edge of Darkness. Fraser can be frequently heard narrating the audiobooks of Christie's works, which are currently published by HarperCollins publishers. In recent years, he has been an associate tutor, director and member of the audition panel at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, specialising in Shakespeare. Fraser has also directed several plays, most notably a production of David Mamet's adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, which was staged at Wilton's Music Hall in London in January 2007, with Rachael Stirling as Yelena.
His film credits include Curse of the Pink Panther, 101 Dalmatians and Patriot Games along with his Sharpe co-star Sean Bean. He has also worked in theatre, playing Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1979. He has guest starred in the Doctor Who audio dramas Circular Time (2007) and Cradle of the Snake (2010), and in 2003, alongside Martin Shaw in Death in Holy Orders.
During his appearance on Pointless Celebrities (30 Jan 2021), flute-player Hugh explained that he composed the theme melody for kids’ programme Rainbow along with other songs for the show and theme tunes for other (unmentioned) TV series.
Selected film and television roles
|1976||The Ritz||Disc Jockey|
|1977||The Man in the Iron Mask||Montfleury||TV movie|
|1978||Edward & Mrs. Simpson||Anthony Eden||TV Mini-Series, 2 episodes|
|1979||Hanover Street||Capt. Harold Lester|
|1982||Firefox||Police Inspector Tortyev|
|1982||Cloud Howe||Robert Colquhoun||TV Series, 4 episodes|
|1982||The Draughtsman's Contract||Mr Talmann|
|1982||The Missionary||Usher at Wedding|
|1983||Tales of the Unexpected||Paul Standing||TV Series, episode "Clerical Error"|
|1983||Curse of the Pink Panther||Dr. Arno Stang|
|1983||Reilly, Ace of Spies||George Hill||TV Mini-Series, 6 episodes|
|1985||Edge of Darkness||Robert Bennett||TV Mini-Series, 4 episodes|
|1987||Murder on the Bluebell Line||Sherlock Holmes||TV Series, Documentary|
|1988||Codename: Kyril||Peter Jackson||TV Mini-Series, 4 episodes|
|1988||Jack the Ripper||Sir Charles Warren||TV Series, 2 episodes|
|1990||Lorna Doone||King James II||TV movie|
|1992||Patriot Games||Geoffrey Watkins|
|1993||Taggart||Bobby Gault||Episode: Gingerbread Part One|
|2001||The Lost Battalion||Gen. DeCoppet||TV movie|
|2003||Death in Holy Orders||George Gregory||TV Mini-Series, 2 episodes|
|2004||The Baby Juice Express||Arthur Burnett CBE|
|2004||The Alan Clark Diaries||Tristan Garel-Jones||TV Series, 6 episodes|
|2004||New Tricks||Paul Adamson||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1994-2006||Sharpe||Duke of Wellington||9 TV Movies|
|2010||Jackboots on Whitehall||BBC Newsreader / Gaston||Voice|
|1989-2013||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Captain Arthur Hastings||TV Series, 43 episodes|
|2016||With Love From... Suffolk||Sat Nav||Voice|
- Fraser, Hugh (8 October 2017). "23 October 1945. Your sincere wishes most appreciated Dinah". @realhughfraser. Missing or empty
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Special Programs". Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- Uncle Vanya The Stage, 29 January 2007
- "London Theatre News, Reviews, Interviews and more". whatsonstage. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- Fraser, Hugh (1 June 2017). Malice – Book 3 in the Rina Walker series. S.l.: Urbane Publications. ISBN 9781911583066.
- Harm: Hugh Fraser: 9780993264917: Amazon.com: Books. ISBN 978-0993264917.
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