Profile: Kenneth Cranham
As the Wyndham’s Theatre gears up to welcome Kenneth Cranham in The Father early next month it only seems right that we take a look at the career of the acclaimed actor. After all, whilst audiences will undoubtedly enjoy an impressive performance from Cranham when the show opens in October, there have been plenty of opportunities to see the performer during his career.
Kenneth Cranham was born in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1944 and his performing career was set by his training at both RADA and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. This paved the way for numerous appearances on the stage and screen.
In the 1960s and the 1970s these appearances included the 1968 film version of Oliver!, as well as Up Pompei in 1971 and Robin And Marin in 1976. Then as the decades moved on he appeared in well known films such as Chocolat in 1988, Hellbound: Hellraiser II in 1988, and Tale Of A Vampire in 1992.
In the last couple of decades he has continued to appear in films, some of which have been well known hits that are remembered now. They include Kevin & Petty Go Large and Gangster No. 1, both in 2000, plus Layer Cake in 2005 and Hot Fuzz in 2007. More recently his work has included the 2014 hit Maleficent, which saw Angelina Jolie take on the title role in the Sleeping Beauty adaptation.
At the same time, Cranham was also making his mark on the small screen and over the decades audiences might have caught him in the likes of Casualty, Brideshead Revisited, Heartbeat, Kavanagh QC, Dalziel And Pascoe, Inspector Morse and Hustle, to name but a few.
But audiences heading to see his performance in The Father will be interested to know about his stage career. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for An Inspector Calls, which ran at the Lyttelton National Theatre in 1992, and has also appeared in Gaslight at the Old Vic Theatre and Entertaining Mr Sloane in the West End.
But now he returns to the capital in The Father, which runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre from Monday 5th October 2015 (previews from Wednesday 30th September 2015).