Duggan, P(atrick) G. 1945- (Patrick Malahide)

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DUGGAN, P(atrick) G. 1945- (Patrick Malahide)

PERSONAL: Born March 24, 1945, in Pangbourne, Berkshire, England; son of a school secretary and a cook; married Rosi Wright, June 10, 1970 (marriage ended); married Jo Ryan (a photographer); children: (first marriage) Liam, Mairi. Education: Attended Douai School and Edinburgh University. Hobbies and other interests: Sailing, walking.

ADDRESSES: Agent—ICM Ltd., Oxford House, 76 Oxford St., London W1N 0AX, England.

CAREER: Actor (under the stage name Patrick Malahide), director, and screenwriter. Forest County Grammar School for Boys, Wokingham, England, master of English; door-to-door salesman of English bone china of American forces in Germany; Byre Theatre, St. Andrews, Scotland, stage manager, 1969, member of company, 1969-72, artistic director, 1970-72; Prince of Wales Theatre, London's West End, assistant flyman, 1970; Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, member of company, 1973-78; Bristol Old Vic, member of repertory company, 1979-90; owner of Ryan Films (production company). Member, Campaign for the Arts in Bristol and Avon (founder and chairman); patron of Queen Margaret University College Foundation (patron) and Byre Theater St. Andrews Appeal Fund.

As member of Byre Theatre company, appeared in (as waiter) Hotel in Amsterdam, (as George Fenton) A Boston Story, (as Blind Pew) Valiant in Velvet: A Lifeof Robert Louis Stevenson, (as Frank Innes) The Weir of Hermiston, (as Hubert) Night Must Fall, (as the louse) The Open, (as Fainall) The Way of the World, (as Captail Yule) The High Bid, (as Trigorin) The Sea Gull, (as Sir Francis Chesney) Charley's Aunt, and (as Dr. Chumley) Harvey.

As member of Royal Lyceum Theatre company, appeared in (as Jimmy Porter) Look Back in Anger, (as man in the moon) Jack and the Beanstalk, (as Proteus) Two Gentlemen of Verona, (as Sergius) Arms and the Man, (as Guildenstern) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, (as Adolphus Cusins) Major Barbara, (as Clov) Endgame, (as Teddy) The Homecoming, (as doctor) Woyzeck, (as Guildenstern) Hamlet, (as Nicobar) The Apple Cart, (as Father So-and-So) God Is Good, (as photographer) Benny Lynch: Scenes from a Short Life, (as Edward) The Voysey Inheritance, (as Wormwood) Cinderella, (as Porfiri) Crime and Punishment, and (as Antonio) Twelfth Night.

As member of Bristol Old Vic Repertory Company, appeared in (as father) Beauty and the Beast, (as Mr. Fox) 'Tis a Mad World My Masters, (as the anarchist) The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, (as Lopakhin) The Cherry Orchard, (as George III) In the Ruins (solo show; also performed at New Vic Studio, Bristol, and Royal Court Theatre), (as Astrov) Uncle Vanya, (as Mr. Sterling) The Clandestine Marriage, and (as fool) King Lear.

Also actor in (as Billy Connolly) The Great Northern Welly Boot Show, Young Vic Theatre, London, 1972; (as priest) Gilles de Rais, Mickery Theatre, Amsterdam, 1972; (as Iniquity) Ane Satyr of the Thrie Estaites, Edinburgh Festival; (as narrator) Fin Maccool, Edinburgh Festival; (as Reverend Hale) The Crucible, Birmingham Repertory Company, Birmingham, England, 1979; (as Ariel) The Tempest, Birmingham Repertory Company (some sources cite Bristol Old Vic Theatre), 1979; (as Peter Kelly) The Android Circuit, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, then Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; (as Captain Andrei Vuknov) Judgement (solo show), touring production, 1981; (as narrator) The Wedding Feast, Birmingham Repertory Company; (as Deputy Chief Inspector Terry Sneed) Operation Bad Apple, Royal Court Theatre, then Crucible Theatre, both London, 1982; (as Kenneth Halliwell) Cockups, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, 1983; (as Albie) Map of the Heart, Globe Theatre, London, 1991; (as Edmund Spenser) Mutabilitie, Royal National Theatre, 1997; (as Alexander Ivanov) Every Good Boy Deserves Favour; and (as Johnny Sylvester) Hinterland, touring production, 2002.

As director of Byre Theatre Company, directed The Open, The High Bid, Charley's Auth, Harvey, Plaza Suite, Tango, Enemy, The Price, The Wind in the Branches of the Sassafras Trees, The Puncture, Mother Peg, Enter a Free Man, Lovers, Candida, Come Blow Your Horn, Hay Fever, A Button Missing, and And When Love Speaks; also directed Knox and Mary, Edinburgh Festival, 1972, and SUS, Liverpool, England.

Played Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn in the television series Alleyn Mysteries (also known as Inspector Alleyn and Ngaio Marsh's Alleyn Mysteries), Public Broadcasting System (PBS), Series I, 1993, Series II, 1994, and Series III, 1995; and in the made-for-television movies Inspector Alleyn: Dead Water, PBS, 1994; Hand in Glove, Arts & Entertainment (A&E), 1994; and Inspector Alleyn: Scales of Justice, A&E, 1995.

Actor in television series, including (as Skipper Forbes) Snacker, Tyne/Tees, 1976; (as Colin Anderson) The Standard, British Broadcasting Company (BBC), 1978; (as Detective Sergeant Albert "Charlie" Chisolm) Minder, Thames, 1979-88; and (as Dr. Macrae) Dear Enemy, Granada, 1981. Actor in television miniseries, including (as Saul) Charlie, Thames, 1981; (as Mark Binney, Finney, and Raymond) The Singing Detective, BBC-1, 1986; (as Magnus) The One Game, Central, 1988; (as narrator) The Modern World: Ten Great Writers, 1988; (as Mr. Quarles) After the War, Granada, 1989; (as narrator) Designs on Europe (documentary), 1990; (as Colonel Mailer) Children of the North, BBC-2, 1991; (as Reverend Edward Casaubon) Middlemarch, BBC, 1993; and (as Ebenezer Balfour) Kidnapped, Home Box Office (HBO), 1995.

Actor in made-for-television movies, including (as Geoffrey Palmer) Smack and Thistle, BBC, 1991; (as George Baker and Christopher Ravenscroft) The Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Means of Evil, Television South, 1991; (as Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz) Miracle at Midnight, Family Channel, 1998; (as Sir John Conroy) Victoria and Albert, 2001; and (as Ralston) Goodbye, Mr. Chips, 2002. Actor in television specials, including (as police sergeant) Dying Day, 1982; (as Mr. Hastymite) The December Rose, BBC, 1986; (as Dr. Rank) A Doll's House, BBC, 1992; (as Robert Dangerfield) The Blackheath Poisonings, PBS, 1992; (as assistant commissioner) The Secret Agent, BBC-2, 1992; (as John Harrison) Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude, PBS, 1998; and (as Captain Claude Howlett) All the King's Men, PBS, 1999.

Actor in other television programs, including Wings, BBC1, 1977; (as Dr. Stukely) The Amazing Dr. Newton, BBC, 1978; Shoestring, BBC1, 1978; The Chinese Detective, BBC1, 1981; (as Tim Curry) Videostars, BBC, 1983; (as himself) Please Keep Your Feet off the Stage (documentary), Grampian, 1984; (as Mr. Jingle) The Pickwick Papers, BBC, 1985; Pity in History, BBC, 1985; (as Detective Sergeant Albert "Charlie" Chisholm) Minder on the Orient Express, 1985; (as John Carter) The Russian Soldier, BBC2, 1986; (as Geoff) Our Geoff, BBC, 1987; (as Arthur Starkey) News at Twelve, Central, 1987; (as Jean) Miss Julie, BBC, 1987; (as Robert Blair) The Franchise Affair, BBC, 1988; (as Detective Sergeant Albert "Charlie" Chisholm) Minder: An Offıcer and a Car Salesman, 1988; (as Uncle Adrian) Living with Dinosaurs, 1989; (as Mike Mansfield) The Investigation: Inside! a Terrorist Bombing (also known as Who Bombed Birmingham?), HBO, 1990; (as Chief Inspector Miller Smith) Force of Duty, BBC-Northern Ireland, 1992; (as Bailie Creech) Deacon Brodie, BBC1, 1997; The Great Tay Bridge Disaster, BBC Scotland; Sutherland's Law, BBC Scotland; Squadron, BBC; The Underground Man, BBC; Love Lies Bleeding, Yorkshire; and Murphy's Stroke, Thames.

Actor in films, including (as Major Conway) Sweeney II, 1978; (as Colin) Comfort and Joy, Universal, 1984; (as Morgan) The Killing Fields, Warner Bros., 1984; (as Reverend Keach) A Month in the Country, 1987; (as Reverend Edwin Sorleyson) December Bride, 1990; (as Inspector Carson) A Man of No Importance, 1994; (as George Bucsan) Two Deaths, 1995; (as Governor Ainslee) Cutthroat Island, 1995; (as Perkins) The Long Kiss Goodnight, New Line Cinema, 1996; (as Kleist) The Beautician and the Beast, Paramount, 1997; (as Timo) 'Til There Was You, Paramount, 1997; (as Lamb) U.S. Marshals, Warner Bros., 1998; (as Dr. Melrose) Heaven, Miramax, 1998; (as Mr. Lancing) Captain Jack, 1998; (as Mr. Lachaise) The World Is Not Enough, United Artists, 1999; (as Peter Teller) Fortress 2: Re-entry, TriStar, 1999; (as Commissioner Daly) Ordinary Decent Criminal, 2000; (as Delbene) Quills, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2000; (as principal) Billy Elliot, USA Films, 2000; The Final Curtain, Universal Focus, 2002; and (as Sir Myles) The Abduction Club, 2002.

Reader for numerous books on tape, including Sherlock Holmes—Memoirs, Classic Tales of Horror, Inspector Morse—Driven to Distraction, Classic Short Stories, Volumes 5 and 6, Goodnight Mister Tom, Vintage Crime Stories, Classic Railway Murders, The Five Red Herrings, The Naked Country, and Tiger in the Smoke. Has appeared in radio plays, including (as Pastor Manders) Ghosts, (as the prince) The Leopard, (as Percy Phelps) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, (as narrator) The Chinese Garden, (as narrator) Mandala, (as narrator) Post Captain, The Colour of Blood, The Island of Sheep, and So Long Life.

MEMBER: Royal Fowey Yacht Club.

AWARDS, HONORS: Festival Times Award for Best Solo Performance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 1981, for Judgement.


(With John Steer) And When Love Speaks (play), produced at the Byre Theatre, St. Andrews, 1971.

The Hireling: The Life of Patrick Ivanovich Gordon (radio play), BBC Scotland, 1984.

Legs! Legs! Legs! (thirty-minute screenplay), 1985.

Reasonable Force (television movie), British Broadcasting Company (BBC) Channel 2, 1988.

The Writing on the Wall (television miniseries), British Broadcasting Company (BBC), 1996.

Purdah (feature-length screenplay), Ryan Films, in production.

Pleas and Directions (made-for-television movie), Ryan Films, in production.

The Collar (television series), Ryan Films, in production.

Also author of other radio plays.

SIDELIGHTS: P. G. Duggan is better known as an actor under his screen name, Patrick Malahide, which he took after discovering that there was already another Patrick Duggan in the British actors' union Equity. Duggan first studied acting at the Douai School, a well-regarded Catholic boarding school which he attended in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After two years at Edinburgh University, two years teaching English at a grammar school, and a stint selling kitchenware door-to-door to U.S. soldiers stationed in Germany, Duggan became the stage manager of the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews, Scotland. By the next year, Duggan was the company's artistic director. It was in St. Andrews that Duggan got his first writing experience; since there were not enough actors in the company to perform any of Shakespeare's plays, Duggan helped to write a play titled And When Love Speaks, which draws together the themes of love from several of Shakespeare's works.

After three years in St. Andrews, Duggan became an actor with the Royal Theatre Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. "I didn't have to design the sets, record the music, light the stage, or hire and fire the company" as he had at the Byre, Duggan said on his Web site. "All I had to do was act." By 1979, Duggan had moved up in the theater world again, this time to the Bristol Old Vic Repertory company, and had started to break into film and television.

Duggan's best-known roles are as Detective Sergeant Chisholm, the cop who could never seem to catch crook Arthur Daley in the long-running television series Minder, and as three different characters in the miniseries The Singing Detective. Duggan's role in the latter series unwittingly put him at the center of a political firestorm about decency on state-funded British television. On one episode of the show, one of Duggan's characters had sex in the woods with one of the show's female characters; as broadcast, this scene involved a shot of Duggan's bare buttocks during the act. Although the scene was ranked the top nude moment ever in British television by the London Observer, certain conservative politicians were not amused.

In the 1980s, Duggan wrote two television screenplays, The Writing on the Wall—produced in the mid-1990s—and the police drama Reasonable Force. The former, a political thriller involving a terrorist bombing on a Royal Air Force base in Germany, drew on Duggan's experiences as a door-to-door salesman there. While working on this screenplay, Duggan got journalist credentials with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and spent a great deal of time in Brussels, Belgium, the NATO headquarters, doing research. "I love the research, and with my feel for detail I think I should have been a historian," Duggan said to Daniel Rosenthal of the London Times. He continued, "I also enjoy being in control of my creativity as a writer, whereas actors are constantly dependent on a director's say-so."



Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television, Volume 34, Gale (Detroit, MI), 2001.


Cosmopolitan, April, 1988, Guy Flatley, review of AMonth in the Country, p. 48.

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), May 31, 2002, Philip Key, review of "Judgement," p. 23; June 12, 2002, Philip Key, review of Hinterland, p. 12.

Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), July 20, 1996, review of The Writing on the Wall, p. 26.

Entertainment Weekly, April 8, 1994, review of Middlemarch, p. 45.

Independent (London, England), February 27, 2002, Daniel Rosenthal, interview with Malahide, p. 10; February 25, 2003, Gerard Gilbert, "TV Heroes: #157: Patrick Malahide," p. 23.

Mirror (London, England), July 22, 1996, Ivan Waterman, "I've Got My Double Act Just Write: Interview: Patrick Malahide," p. 1.

New Statesman, February 12, 1982, Benedict Nightingale, review of Operation Bad Apple, p. 27; June 5, 1987, Hugo Williams, review of Miss Julie, pp. 30-31.

New Statesman & Society, November 8, 1991, John Dugdale, review of Children of the North, pp. 33-34.

Newsweek, April 11, 1994, Harry F. Waters, review of Middlemarch, p. 70.

New York, November 16, 1992, John Leonard, review of The Secret Agent, p. 94; February 21, 2000, John Leonard, review of All the King's Men, pp. 106-107.

New York Review of Books, May 12, 1994, Louis Menand, review of Middlemarch, pp. 5-7.

New York Times, September 27, 1987, Janet Maslin, review of A Month in the Country, pp. 32, 67; February 19, 1988, review of A Month in the Country, pp. 16, C10.

Observer (London, England), May 17, 1998, Geoffrey MacNab, "Interview: Jon Amiel: He Still Can't See the Funny Side of Patrick Malahide's Bum," p. 8; July 5, 1998, "Top Five Nude Moments on Television," p. 12.

Sight and Sound, May, 1991, Karen Alexander, review of Smack and Thistle, p. 62; June, 1996, Leslie Felperin, review of Two Deaths, p. 53.

Spectator, March 9, 2002, Toby Young, review of Hinterland, pp. 59-60.

Sun (London, England), July 20, 1996, review of TheWriting on the Wall, p. 5.

Time International, March 18, 2002, James Inverne, review of Hinterland, p. 68.

Times (London, England), November 11, 1997, "Next Stage for a Class Act" (interview with Malahide), p. 40.

Times Literary Supplement, July 14, 1989, Peter Porter, review of After the War, p. 775.

Variety, February 24, 1982, review of Operation BadApple, p. 110; February 17, 1988, review of The Singing Detective, pp. 101-102; March 20, 1992, Tony Scott, review of A Doll's House, p. 81; February 15, 1993, Todd Everett, review of The Blackheath Poisonings, p. 88; October 11, 1993, Tony Scott, review of Ngaio Marsh's Alleyn Mysteries: Final Curtain, Parts 1-2, p. 35; July 24, 2000, Derek Elley, review of Fortress 2: Reentry, p. 48.

Vogue, May, 1994, Robert E. Sullivan, Jr., review of Middlemarch, pp. 180-183.


Patrick Malahide Web site,http://www.patrickmalahide.com (March 16, 2003).*

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