Culver, Michael 1938–

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Culver, Michael 1938–


Born June 16, 1938, in Hampstead, London, England; son of Roland Culver (an actor) and Daphne Rye; brother of Robin Culver (an actor); married Lucinda Curtis (an actress), 1962; children: Roderic (an actor). Education: Trained with Dundee Repertory Company, Dundee, Scotland. Avocational Interests: Playing the game go.

Career: Actor. Military service: Joined the Air Cadets.


Television Appearances; Series:

The First Churchills, BBC, 1969, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 1971.

Captain Harville, Persuasion, BBC, 1971.

John Tregannon, Elizabeth R, BBC-2, 1971, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 1972.

Jerry, The Befrienders, BBC, 1972.

Axel, Haerte 10, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (West Germany [now Germany]), 1974.

Major Erwin Brandt, Secret Army, BBC, 1977–78, then The Entertainment Channel, beginning c. 1982.

Ernest Clifford, Breakaway, BBC, c. 1980.

David Kremer, Diamonds, Independent Television, 1981.

Lord Manderstoke, Fanny by Gaslight, BBC, 1981, then The Entertainment Channel, 1982, also broadcast on Seven Network (Australia).

Group captain James Christie, Squadron, BBC, 1982.

Nick Hannah, Chessgame, Independent Television, 1983.

Dicky Cruyer, Game, Set, and Match, Granada Television, 1988, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, c. 1989.

Ralph Saroyan, The House of Eliott, BBC, 1991–94, Arts and Entertainment, beginning 1991.

Prior Robert, Cadfael, Central Independent Television, 1994–98, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1995–99.

Pathologist, Touching Evil (also known as Touching Evil, Series One), Independent Television, beginning 1997, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, c. 1999, then followed by Touching Evil II (also known as Touching Evil, Series Two), Independent Television, beginning 1998, broadcast on Mystery! (also known as Mystery! Touching Evil II), PBS, 2000, then followed by Touching Evil III (also known as Touching Evil, Series Three), Independent Television, beginning 1999, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 2000.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Brian Ash, The Justice Game, BBC, 1989.

Sir Christopher St. Place, For the Greater Good, BBC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Donald Maclean, Philby, Burgess, and Maclean, Granada Television, 1977.

Malcolm, Rain on the Roof, London Weekend Television, 1980.

General Mohnke, The Bunker (also known as Le bunker), CBS, 1981.

Ex-husband and father, Mrs. Silly, Granada Television, 1983.

Lord Halifax, Countdown to War, [Great Britain], 1989.

Dr. Thomas Underhill, The Green Man, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1990.

Mr. Gervaise, Losing Track, BBC, 1992.

Lord chief justice Bingham, Anybody's Nightmare, Carlton Television, 2001.

Ian Lovett, New Tricks, BBC, 2003.

Lord Cullen, Derailed, BBC, 2005.

Koslowski, Good Girl, Bad Girl, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Holborn, "The Devil's Eggshell," Play of the Month (also known as Play of the Month: The Devil's Eggshell), BBC, 1966.

Jerry, "The Befrienders," Drama Playhouse (also known as Drama Playhouse: The Befrienders—Drink a Toast to Dear Old Dad), BBC, 1970.

Half the Picture, BBC, 1996.

Sir William Macpherson, The Colour of Justice (also known as The Colour of Justice: The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry), 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Detective constable Haywick, "To Await Collection," You Can't Win, BBC, 1961.

Reporter, "Driven to the Brink," Silent Evidence, BBC, 1962.

"The Victorian Chaise Lounge," Studio Four, BBC, 1962.

Robin Gregson, "The Patch Card," Suspense, BBC, 1963.

"Home by Four," Moonstrike, BBC, 1963.

Lieutenant Lewis, "The Critical Moment," R3, BBC, 1965.

Muir, "Go Ahead, I Only Live Here," The Spies, BBC, 1966.

Danny, "The Bridge," Man in a Suitcase, Independent Television, 1967.

Price, "Get-a-Way!," The Avengers, Associated British Picture Corporation, 1969.

Minister's parliamentary private secretary, "No Room for Error," Doomwatch, BBC, 1971.

Paul, "I Want You to Understand Me," The Guardians, Independent Television, 1971.

Dr. Pembroke, "Many a Slip," Public Eye, Independent Television, 1972.

Kurt, "Nuisance Value," The Persuaders!, Associated British Picture Corporation, 1972.

Symons, "Queen's Messenger," No Exit, BBC, 1972.

George Reed, "Diamonds Are Never Forever," New Scotland Yard, Independent Television, 1973.

Health inspector, "Polonaise," Special Branch, Thames Television, 1973.

Squire Armstrong, "A Member of the Family: Part 2," The Adventures of Black Beauty, London Weekend Television, 1973.

John Melrose, "A Lady of Considerable Talent," Sutherland's Law, BBC, 1975.

Paul Ashworth, "Blind Alley," Softly, Softly (also known as Softly, Softly: Task Force), BBC, 1975.

Peter "Pete" Irving, "The Guardian of Piri," Space: 1999 (also known as Spazio: 1999), syndicated, 1975.

Robin Vestey, "Let the People See," Within These Walls, Independent Television, 1975.

Simon Burns, "Nurse Will Make It Better" (also known as "The Devil's Web" and "Thriller: Nurse Will Make It Better"), Thriller, Associated Television, 1975.

Victor Simmons, "Evidence of Death," Whodunnit?, Thames Television, 1975.

Major Farjeon, "Honour and Obey," The Duchess of Duke Street, BBC and PBS, 1976.

Major Farjeon, "A Matter of Honour," The Duchess of Duke Street, BBC and PBS, 1976.

Major Farjeon, "A Nice Class of Premises," The Duchess of Duke Street, BBC and PBS, 1976.

"The Buccaneer," Warship, BBC, 1976.

James, "Dead on Arrival," Van der Valk, Independent Television, 1977.

Lieutenant Mannering, "Man in Reserve," Warship, BBC, 1977.

Walters, "Hostage," The New Avengers (also known as The New Avengers in Canada and Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir), Independent Television, 1977.

Dave Leeford, "Money, Money, Money," The Sweeney, Independent Television, 1978.

Dr. Walcott Brown, "The Limbo Connection," Armchair Thriller (also known as Armchair Thriller: The Limbo Connection), Thames Television and PBS, 1978.

De Courcey, "Blood Money," Dick Turpin, Independent Television, 1980.

Joseph "Joey" Chalk, "Box Eight," Turtle's Progress, Associated Television, 1980.

Mark, "Charlie Boy," Hammer House of Horror, Associated Television, 1980.

Stephen Brook, "Room with a View," Shoestring, BBC, 1980.

Ben, "Unlucky in Love," A Fine Romance, London Weekend Television and PBS, 1981.

Lieutenant colonel Peter Lawson, "Lawson's Last Stand," The Professionals, Independent Television, 1982.

Nigel Cavendish, Foxy Lady, Independent Television, 1982.

Soames, "Poetic Justice, Innit?," Minder, Independent Television, 1982.

Reggie Thorne, "Third Party," The Bounder, Independent Television, 1983.

Edward Symmington, "The Moving Finger," Miss Marple, Series I (also known as Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple, Series I" and Miss Marple), BBC, Arts and Entertainment, and 7 Network (Australia), 1985.

James Jarvis, "Blood Brothers," Casualty, BBC, 1986.

Sir Reginald Musgrave, "The Musgrave Ritual," The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Granada Television and Arts and Entertainment, 1986.

Major Edmund Philipson, "Death with Due Notice," Hannay, Thames Television, 1988.

Greg Simpson, "Love Letters from a Dead Man," Boon, Independent Television, 1989.

"Ratline," Saracen, Central Television, 1989.

Mark Frobisher, "A Soldier's Death," TECX, Central Independent Television, 1990.

Aragan, "The Whistling Bandit," Zorro, The Family Channel, 1991.

Roger Bacon, "The Transmission of Roger Bacon," Timewatch (also known as BBC History: Timewatch), BBC, 1991.

Sir George Bluff-Gore, "The Darling Buds of May: Parts 1 & 2," The Darling Buds of May, Independent Television, 1991.

Sir George Bluff-Gore, "When the Green Woods Laugh: Part 2," The Darling Buds of May, Independent Television, 1991.

Arnold Featherstone, "Members Only," Lovejoy, BBC, 1992.

Maugham Willowbank, "The Day of the Devil," Inspector Morse (also known as Inspector Morse, Series Nine), Central Television, 1993, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, c. 1996.

Portico, "Knight's Bridge," Neverwhere, BBC-2, 1996.

Philip Wallace, Emmerdale Farm (also known as Emmerdale), Yorkshire Television, 2003.

Hugo Weatherby, "Project Friendly Fire," Spooks, BBC, 2004, broadcast as MI-5, Arts and Entertainment.

Some sources cite appearances in The Revenue Man and This Man Craig, both BBC.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Man in a punt, From Russia with Love (also known as Ian Fleming's "From Russia with Love"), United Artists, 1964.

(Uncredited) Member of Vulcan bomber crew, Thunderball (also known as Ian Fleming's "Thunderball"), United Artists, 1965.

Jim, Crossplot, United Artists, 1969.

Johnny Longbridge, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969.

Lieutenant Bailes, The Body Stealers (also known as Invasion of the Body Stealers, Out of Thin Air, and Thin Air), Allied Artists, 1969.

Jeremy Dryden, The Fast Kill, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972.

Lieutenant Richard Fothergill, Conduct Unbecoming, Allied Artists, 1975.

Second police officer, Short Ends (short film), Mount Zion Productions, 1976.

Captain Needa, Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back (also known as The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980.

McBryde, A Passage to India, Columbia, 1984.

Stage Appearances:

The Sleeping Prince, Streatham Hill Theatre, London, 1956.

Duke of Bedford, King Henry V, Old Vic Theatre, London, then Broadway Theatre, New York City, both 1958–59.

Member of ensemble, Twelfth Night; or, What You Will (also known as Twelfth Night), Old Vic Theatre, then Broadway Theatre, both 1958–59.

Servant, Hamlet, Old Vic Theatre, then Broadway Theatre, both 1958–59.

Murdoch and Priestley, A Severed Head, Criterion Theatre, London, 1963.

A Share in the Sun, Cambridge Theatre, 1966.

An Ideal Husband, Theatre Royal, Windsor, England, 1979.

Albert Speer, Nuremberg, Tricycle Theatre, London, 1996.

Sir William Macpherson, The Colour of Justice (also known as The Colour of Justice: The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry), Tricycle Theatre, Theatre Royal, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, London, all 1999.



Ted Allbeury, A Wilderness of Mirrors, Chivers Audio Books, 1989.



Radio Times, October 16, 1982, pp. 13, 15, 51.