Hardy, Robert 1925–

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Hardy, Robert 1925–


Full name, Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy; born October 29, 1925, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England; son of Henry Harrison and Edith Jocelyn (maiden name, Dugdale) Hardy; married Elizabeth Fox, 1952 (marriage ended); married Sally Pearson (a costume designer), 1961 (divorced, 1986); children: (first marriage) one son; (second marriage) two daughters. Education: Magdalen College, Oxford, B.A. Avocational Interests: Archery, military history, bowyery.


Agent—Chatto and Linnit, Ltd., 123a Kings Road, London SW3 4PL United Kingdom.


Actor. Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, England, member, 1949. Mary Rose Trust, consultant, 1979—, longbow and weapons consultant, and trustee, 1991—; Royal Armouries, member of board of trustees, 1984-95; Berks Bucks and Oxon Naturalists Trust Appeal, chairman, 1985-90; Battlefields Panel English Heritage, member of board of trustees, 1993—.


Royal Toxophilite Society.

Awards, Honors:

Television Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1980, for All Creatures Great and Small and Speed King; awarded Commander, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 1981; Television Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Broadcasting Press Guild Award, best actor, 1982, both for Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years; University of Reading, LL.D., 1990; University of Durham, LL.D., 1997.


Stage Appearances:

Claudio, Much Ado About Nothing, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1952.

Dick Frewer, The River Line, Lyric-Hammersmith Theatre, then Strand Theatre, both London, 1952.

Lord Chamberlin, Henry VIII, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1953.

Laertes, Hamlet, Old Vic Theatre, 1954.

Sebastian, Twelfth Night, Old Vic Theatre, 1954.

Titus Lartius, Coriolanus, Old Vic Theatre, 1954.

Ariel, The Tempest, Old Vic Theatre, 1954.

Duncan, Macbeth, Old Vic Theatre, 1954.

Dumaine, Love's Labour's Lost, Old Vic Theatre, 1954.

Hortensio, The Taming of the Shrew, Old Vic Theatre, 1954.

Thomas Mowbray and the Bishop of Carlisle, Richard II, Old Vic Theatre, 1955.

Prince Henry, Henry IV, Parts I and II, Old Vic Theatre, 1955.

Admetus, A Life in the Sun, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1955.

Martin, Someone Waiting, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1956.

Lieutenant Willis Seward Keith, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Hippodrome, London, 1956.

Byron, Camino Real, Phoenix Theatre, 1957.

Jeremy Paget, Four Winds, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1957.

King of France, All's Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1959.

Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, 1959.

Sicinius Velutus, Coriolanus, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, 1959.

Edmund, King Lear, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, 1959.

Rosmer, Rosmerholm, Comedy Theatre, London, 1960.

Count, The Rehearsal, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, then Globe Theatre, both London, 1961.

Martin Lynch-Gibbon, A Severed Head, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, then Criterion Theatre, London, 1963.

Title role, Henry V, Ravinia Theatre, Highland Park, IL, 1964.

Title role, Hamlet, Ravinia Theatre, 1964.

Sir Harry Wildari, The Constant Couple, Prospect Productions, New Theatre, London, 1967.

Robert, I've Seen You Cut Lemons, Fortune Theatre, London, 1969.

Dr. Wicksteed, Habeas Corpus, Lyric Theatre, 1974.

Dear Liar, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1982.

Winnie, Victoria Palace Theatre, London, 1988.

Body and Soul, Albery Theatre, London, 1992.

Winston Churchill, Celui qui a dit Non, Palais des Congres, Paris, France, 1999-2000.

Major Tours:

Pierre, The Captain's Lamp, 1955.

Film Appearances:

Lieutenant Redley, Torpedo Run, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1958.

Dick Carlton, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Paramount, 1965.

Detective Superintendent Brooks, Berserk! (also known as Circus of Blood and Circus of Terror), Columbia, 1967.

British general, How I Won the War, United Artists, 1967.

Chief Inspector Hesseltine, Pyschomania (also known as The Death Wheelers, The Frog, and The Living Dead), Scotia, 1971.

Zorn, Demons of the Mind (also known as Blood Evil, Blood Will Have Blood, and Nightmare of Terror), Cinemation, 1971.

Malcolm Morris, 10 Rillington Place, Columbia, 1971.

Headmaster, Young Winston, Columbia, 1972.

The assistant, Le Silencieux (also known as Escape to Nowhere, The Great Manhunt, and The Silent One), [France and Italy], 1972.

Professor Dirkson, Night of the Lepus, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972.

Sir Bertilac, Gawain and the Green Knight (also known as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight), United Artists, 1973.

Alexander, Yellow Dog, Akari, 1973.

Edward/Andrew, Dark Places, Cinerama, 1974.

Robert, La Gifle (also known as The Slap and Lo Schiaffo), Gaumont, 1974.

Judge, Meetings, Bloody Meetings, 1976.

Lord Bob Liburn, The Shooting Party, European Classics, 1984.

Adam Gillvray, Paris by Night, Cineplex Odeon Films, 1988.

Year of the Comet, Columbia, 1992.

Headmaster, A Feast at Midnight, LIVE Entertainment, 1994.

Professor Krempe, Frankenstein (also known as Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"), TriStar, 1994.

Sir John Middleton, Sense and Sensibility, Columbia, 1995.

Lord Rivers, The Tichborne Claimant, Redbus Film Distribution, 1997.

Sir William Bradshaw, Mrs. Dalloway (also known as Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway"), First Look Pictures Releasing, 1997.

Forsten, The Barber of Siberia (also known as Le Barbier de Siberie, Il Barbiere di Siberia, and Sibirsky Tsiryul'nik), Intermedia Film Distribution/Worldwide Distribution, 1998.

Lord Caversham, An Ideal Husband, 1998.

The bishop, The Gathering, Dimension, 2002.

Doctor, Thunderpants (also known as Donderbroek and L'incroyable histoire de Patrick Smash), A-Film Distribution, 2002.

Cornelius Fudge, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (also known as Harry Potter und die kammer des schreckens), Warner Bros., 2002.

Cornelius Fudge, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Warner Bros., 2004.

Father Parry, Making Waves, 2004.

Cornelius Fudge, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Warner Bros., 2005.

Mr. Justice Murray, Lassie, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 2005.

Mr. Stiles, Goodbye Mr. Snuggles (short), 2006.

Cornelius Fudge, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Warner Bros., 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Alex Stewart, The Troubleshooters (also known as Mogul), 1966-69.

Abwehr Sergeant Gratz, Manhunt, ITV, 1969.

S. to S., 1974.

Mr. Marples, Bill Brand, Thames, 1976.

Siegfried Farnon, All Creatures Great and Small, BBC1 and Arts and Entertainment, 1977-90.

Russell Span/Terrence "Twiggy" Rathbone, Hot Metal, ITV, 1986-88.

Sir Herbert Hamilton, Bramwell, PBS, 1995.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Prince Hal/Henry V, An Age of Kings, BBC and PBS, 1960.

Nicolson, The Dark Island, BBC, 1962.

Coriolanus, The Spread of the Eagle (also known as Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, and Julius Caesar), BBC, 1963.

Henleigh Grandcourt, Daniel Deronda, BBC, 1970.

Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, Elizabeth R, BBC and PBS, 1971.

Asquith, Shoulder to Shoulder, BBC, 1974.

Prince Albert, Edward the King (also known as Edward the Seventh, Edward VII, and The Royal Victorians), ITV, 1975.

Title role, Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, PBS, 1981.

Julius Caesar, The Cleopatras, BBC, 1983.

Herr Klein, The Far Pavilions (also known as Blade of Steel and Palast der Winde), HBO, 1984.

Winston Churchill, War and Remembrance, ABC, 1989.

Arthur Brooke, Middlemarch, BBC and PBS, 1994.

Judge Sutcliffe, Look at the State We're In, BBC, 1995.

Sir Herbert Hamilton, Bramwell II, PBS, 1996.

Dr. Parnell, Gulliver's Travels, NBC, 1996.

Viscount Berryann, Nancherrow (also known as Rosamunde Pilcher—Das groBe erbe), ITV, 1999.

Chancellor Griswold, The 10th Kingdom (also known as Das 10te konigreich and Das zehnte konigreich), NBC, 2000.

Professor Illingworth, The Lost World (also known as Die vergessene welt), BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Sir James Caird, Shackleton, Channel 4 and Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Orsino, Twelfth Night, BBC, 1957.

The husband, Rashomon, BBC, 1961.

Von Ribbentrop, The Gathering Storm (also known as Churchill: The Gathering Storm and Walk with Destiny), NBC, 1974.

The Secret Agent, BBC, 1975.

Caesar and Claretta (also known as Private Affairs: Caesar and Claretta), BBC, 1975.

Title role, Fothergill, BBC, 1981.

King Richard, The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood, CBS, 1984.

Klein, Jenny's War, syndicated, 1985.

General Tilney, Northanger Abbey, PBS, 1986.

Churchill, The Woman He Loved, CBS and HTV, 1988.

Dr. Price, Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair, NBC, 1988.

Winston Churchill, Bomber Harris, BBC, 1989.

Siegfried Farnon, All Creatures Great and Small: Brotherly Love, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1990.

Charles Augustus Milverton, The Master Blackmailer, 1991.

Viscount Berryann, Nancherrow (also known as Rosamunde Pilcher—Das grosse erbe), 1999.

Pontius Pilate, The People's Passion, BBC, 1999.

Mr. Justice Woreland, Justice in Wonderland, BBC, 2000.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bertie and Roosevelt, ITV1 and PBS, 2002.

Sir Anthony Parsons, The Falklands Play, BBC4, 2002.

Professor Neddy Welch, Lucky Jim, PBS, 2003.

Father Martin Petrie, Death in Holy Orders, PBS and BBC, 2003.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Le Grand Charles, 2006.

Winston Churchill, Marple: The Sittaford Mystery, PBS and ITV, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Archdeacon Haynes, The Stalls of Barchester (also known as Ghost Story for Christmas: "The Stalls of Barchester), BBC, 1971.

Robert Baldick, The Incredible Robert Baldick: Never Come Night, BBC, 1972.

Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: "Twelfth Night"), BBC, 1980.

Narrator, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 1981.

Siegfried Farnon, All Creatures Great and Small: 1983 Christmas Special, 1983.

Siegfried Farnon, All Creatures Great and Small: 1985 Christmas Special, 1985.

Title role, Winston Churchill, PBS, 1986.

William Drover, The Dream Lover, Granada, 1986.

Voice, The Churchills, PBS, 1996.

Host, Castle Ghosts of England, The Learning Channel, 1996.

Host, Castle Ghosts of Wales, The Learning Channel, 1997.

Host, Castle Ghosts of Scotland, The Learning Channel, 1997.

Host, Castle Ghosts of Ireland, The Learning Channel, 1997.

Narrator, The Crimean War: A Most Desperate Undertaking, History Channel, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Sir Rupert, "Knights Choice," The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, syndicated, 1957.

George Bosworth, "Vision of Crime," The Veil, 1958.

Sir Nagel, "The Knight Who Owned Buckskin," Buckskin, NBC, 1959.

Hoffman, "A Memory of Evil," The Baron, 1966.

William Oke, "The Phantom Lover," Mystery and Imagination, 1966.

Walter Faber, "The Desperate Diplomat," The Saint, ITV, 1968.

"The Lady Is a Liar," Theatre 625, BBC, 1968.

Nick Prockter, "Hello, Good Evening, and Welcome," Wednesday Play, BBC, 1968.

Pontius Pilate, "Son of Man," Wednesday Play, BBC, 1969.

Himself, The Morecambe and Wise Show, 1969.

Dr. Sanders, "Heart: No Choice for the Donor," Strange Report, ITV, 1970.

Score with the Scaffold, BBC1, 1970.

"Getting In," Thirty-Minute Theatre, BBC, 1971.

Sir Guy Paynter, "Such a Lovely Man," Upstairs, Downstairs, ITV and PBS, 1975.

George Duggan, "A Lady of Virtue," The Duchess of Duke Street, BBC and PBS, 1976.

Hunby, "Hannah," Victorian Scandals, Granada, 1976.

Lord Belville, "To Catch a Thief," Raffles, YTV, 1977.

Adrian Gall, "Ghosts of Venice," Supernatural, BBC, 1977.

Clayton, "Return of the Fighting 69th," Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, NBC, 1979.

Stuart, "Ladies of the Afternoon," Mrs. Columbo (also known as Kate Columbo, Kate Loves a Mystery, and Kate the Detective), NBC, 1979.

Stuart, "It Goes with the Territory," Mrs. Columbo (also known as Kate Columbo, Kate Loves a Mystery, and Kate the Detective), NBC, 1979.

Stuart, "The Valley Strangler," Mrs. Columbo (also known as Kate Columbo, Kate Loves a Mystery, and Kate the Detective), NBC, 1979.

Stuart, "A Chilling Surprise," Mrs. Columbo (also known as Kate Columbo, Kate Loves a Mystery, and Kate the Detective), NBC, 1979.

Boxer Clarence Hester, "T.K.O.," Quincy, M.E. (also known as Quincy), NBC, 1980.

Major Brutt, "The Death of a Heart," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1985.

General Tilney, "Northanger Abbey," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1987.

Lord Jonathan Fairfax, "Death by Misadventure," Bulman, ITV, 1987.

Narrator, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," Long Ago and Far Away (animated), PBS, 1989.

"Richard Burton: In from the Cold" (also known as "In from the Cold"), Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1989.

Charles Augustus Milverton, "Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer," Mystery!, ITV and PBS, 1993.

Andrew Baydon, "Twilight of the Gods," Inspector Morse, ITV and PBS, 1993.

Arthur Brooke, "Middlemarch," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1994.

Judge Sutcliffe, "Legal Systems," Look at the State We're In!, 1995.

Andrew Baydon, "Twilight of the Gods" (also known as "Inspector Morse, Series IX: Twilight of the Gods"), Mystery!, PBS, 1996.

Voice of Abraham, "Abraham," Testament: The Bible in Animation (animated), HBO, 1997.

Robert Cavendish, "Dead Man's 11," Midsomer Murders, ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Countdown, Channel 4, 2002.

Henry Beaumont, "The German Woman," Foyle's War, ITV and PBS, 2002.

"Castles," Britain's Finest, Channel 5, 2003.

"All Creatures Great and Small," Stars Reunited, BBC, 2003.

Sir John Barry, "Blood and Money," Spooks (also known as MI-5), BBC1 and Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Also appeared as George Bosworth, "Vision of Crime," The Veil.

Television Work; Series:

Consultant, Decisive Weapons, BBC, 1996.


Taped Readings:

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, Trafalger Square, 2001.

Rumpole's Return by John Mortimer, Chivers Audiobooks, 2002.


Narrator, England's Historic Treasures, 1998.



Author of the documentaries Horses in Our Blood, The Longbow, and The Picardy Affair.


Longbow: A Social and Military History, Bois d'Arc, 1993.

(With Matthew Strickland) The Great Warbow: From Hastings to the Mary Rose, Sutton Publishing, 2005.



Debrett's People of Today, Debrett's Peerage, Ltd., 2006.