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Spotlight On: Neil Dudgeon

 Neil Dudgeon

 

Date of Birth:  2nd January 1961

Born:  Doncaster, Yorkshire, England

Height:5' 10" (1.78 m)

 

 

Biography

Neil Dudgeon was born 2 January 1961 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, and attended Intake Secondary Modern among others. He established himself as an actor in school plays and went on to study drama at the University of Bristol (1979-82). He made his first screen appearance in 1987 in 'Prick Up Your Ears'. The following year, he appeared as a World War II pilot in 'Piece of Cake', alongside Tim Woodward, Jeremy Northam and Nathaniel Parker.

As well as occasional appearances in long-running series such as 'Casualty', 'London's Burning' and 'Lovejoy', he appeared in 1994 as Detective Constable Costello, a one-episode sidekick to Detective Inspector William Edward "Jack" Frost (played by David Jason), in the TV series 'A Touch of Frost', in 1998-99 as George the Chauffeur in 'The Mrs Bradley Mysteries' (alongside Dame Diana Rigg), in 'Inspector Morse' (episode "The Way Through The Woods"), 'Between The Lines', 'Common As Muck' (in 1994 & 1997) , 'Out of the Blue', 'Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking', 'The Street' and all four series of 'Messiah' with Ken Stott. 

In 2007, Dudgeon appeared in the eponymous role of self-made millionaire Roman Pretty in the BBC2 sitcom 'Roman's Empire'. In 2009 he played a main character in BBC's 'Life of Riley'. This series was recommissioned and aired in April 2011, the same month that Dudgeon played the role of one time Football League secretary Alan Hardaker in the TV drama 'United', which was centred on the events of the 1958 Munich air disaster involving Manchester United.

 In 2010, Dudgeon appeared in an episode of the long-running ITV crime drama 'Midsomer Murders', called "The Sword of Guillaume". He was introduced in the episode as the cousin of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, played by John Nettles, who has now retired from the role. Dudgeon, also cast as a senior detective, took over as the lead character in 'Midsomer Murders' after the last episodes featuring John Nettles were screened in 2011. Dudgeon's character name is DCI John Barnaby, which has been suggested may be a vehicle for continued sales to territories where the show is known as "Inspector Barnaby". Dudgeon had first appeared in 'Midsomer Murders' in the opening episode of the fourth series ("Garden of Death"), playing a secondary character.

 In 2012, Dudgeon starred as Norman Birkett, KC on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play series in four plays written by Caroline and David Stafford based on Birkett's cases.

 

Filmography

 

1987: Prick Up Your Ears (Film) played the part of Policeman

1987: Screenplay (TV Series) played the part of Brink in the episode 'The Road'

1988: London's Burning (TV Series) played the part of Gary in series 1, episode 5

1988: Piece Of Cake (TV mini-series) played the part of 'Moggy' Cattermole in 6 episodes

1989: Saracen (TV Series) played the part of Jimmy in the episode 'Next Year in Jerusalem'

1989: Red King, White King (TV Movie) played the part of Vlasek

1990: Fools Of Fortune (Film) played the part of Sergeant Rudkin

1990: Screenplay (TV Series) played the part of Crowson in the episode 'Night Voice'

1991: Lovejoy (TV Series) played the part of DS Graham Bentley in the episode 'Bin Diving'

1991: Casualty (TV Series) played the part of Mick in the episode 'Sins Of Omission'

1991: The Bill (TV Series) played the part of Stanley Houseman in the episode 'Turning Back The Clock'

1992: Resnick: Lonely Hearts (TV Movie) played the part of William Doria

1992: Revolver (TV Movie) played the part of Eric Volkner

1992: Between The Lines (TV Series) played the part of D.S. Alan Hanson in the episode 'Lies And Damned Lies'

1992: Nice Town (TV mini-series) played the part of Tom Edmonds in 3 episodes

1993: Sharpe's Eagle (TV Movie) played the part of Gibbons

1993: Resnick: Rough Treatment (TV Movie) played the part of William Doria

1994: A Touch Of Frost (TV Series) played the part of DC Costello in the episode 'Nothing To Hide' (click here to purchase on dvd)

1994: Screen Two (TV Series) played the part of Priest in the episode Skallagrigg

1994: Fatherland (TV Movie) played the part of Sex Crimes Cop

1995: Inspector Morse (TV Series) played the part of David Michaels in the episode 'The Way Through The Woods' (click here to purchase on dvd)

1995/96: Out Of The Blue (TV Series) played the part of D.C. Marty Brazil in 12 episodes

1996: Different For Girls (Film) played the part of Neil Payne

1994-1997: Common As Muck (TV Series) played the part of Ken Andrews in 12 episodes

1997: Breakout (TV Movie) played the part of Dr. Neil McFarlane

1997: Our Boy (TV Movie) played the part of Detective Constable Spence

1997: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (TV mini-series) played the part of Puppeteer's Assistant in episode 3

1998: The Gift (TV Movie) played the part of David

1998: The Canterbury Tales (TV Series) provided the voice of The Miller in the episode 'Leaving London'

1999: Four Fathers (TV Series) played the part of Vince Yallop

1998-2000: The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (TV Series) played the part of George Moody in 5 episodes

2000: Dirty Tricks (TV Movie) played the part of Dennis

2000: Breathtaking (Film) played the part of Richard Jackson

2000: The Canterbury Tales (TV Series) provided the voice of The Miller in the episode 'The Journey Back'

2000: It Was an Accident (Film) played the part of Holdsworth

2000: Midsomer Murders (TV Series) played the part of Daniel Bolt in the episode 'Garden Of Death'

2001: Messiah (TV Series) played the part of Duncan Warren in 2 episodes (click here to purchase on dvd)

2002: Murder In Mind (TV Series) played the part of Edward Buttimore in the episode 'Rage'

2002: Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine (TV mini-series) played the part of DI Duncan Warren (click here to purchase on dvd)

2003: The Planman (TV Movie) played the part of ACC Brian Richards

2003: The Return (TV Movie) played the part of Matt Dempsey

2004: Messiah: The Promise (TV mini-series) played the part of DI Duncan Warren (click here to purchase on dvd)

2004: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Film) played the part of Taxi Driver

2004: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (TV Movie) played the part of Lestrade

2005: Messiah: The Harrowing (TV mini-series) played the part of DI Duncan Warren (click here to purchase on dvd)

2005: Rose and Maloney (TV Series) played the part of Alan Richmond in series 2 episode 3

2006: The Lavender List (TV Movie) played the part of Joe Haines

2006: The Street (TV Series) played the part of Brian Peterson in 4 episodes

2006: Sorted (TV Series) played the part of Harry Goodwin in 6 episodes

2006: After 8 (short)

2007: Coming Up (TV Series) played the part of Doctor in the episode 'Imprints'

2007: Son Of Rambow (Film) played the part of Joshua

2007: Roman's Empire (TV Series) played the part of Roman Pretty in 4 episodes

2007: Cherries (short) played the part of Phil O'Brien

2007: Coming Down the Mountain (TV Movie) played the part of John Phillips

2008: Silent Witness (TV Series) played the part of Det-Supt. Paul Barker in 2 episodes

2008: Survivors (TV Series) played the part of Sean in series 1, episode 3

2009: Kingdom (TV Series) played the part of Terry in series 3, episode 2

2010: The Arbor (Documentary) played the part of Steve Saul

2010: The Nativity (TV mini-series) played the part of Joachim in 3 episodes

2011: United (Film) played the part of Alan Hardaker

2009-2011: Life Of Riley (TV Series) played the part of Jim Riley in 20 episodes (click here to purchase on dvd)

2010-2015: Midsomer Murders (TV Series) played the part of DCI John Barnaby in 26 episodes (ongoing) (click here to purchase on dvd) 


Trivia 

* Neil is married to BBC Radio producer Mary Peate. They have two children.
* Neil is an avid supporter of Fulham Football Club.
* In 1991 Neil appeared in an advertising campaign for insurance company Sun Alliance.

 

Personal Quotes  

Talking about his role in 'Piece Of Cake':
"(it) was a marvellous piece of work. It was about an RAF squadron in the lead up to World War Two and I did a lot of research. The real pilots had astonishing stories that were moving and heartbreaking."

 On Midsomer Murders:
"It will be exciting to get stuck into some juicy murders. I have always enjoyed whodunits and I like the mental exercise of discovering who the culprit is, while along the way you have the great red herrings, the smaller dramas within the bigger ones."

 Neil's thoughts on the character of John Barnaby:
"John Barnaby is very canny and guarded. He plays his cards close to his chest and adapts his persona to get results, even if it means he needs to look weak or silly. His eyes are on the prize. He is quite direct and has a likeable black sense of humour, which I imagine you would need to get through the darker moments."