Hope as Major Aboukir in The
Saint episode: The Queen's
Ransom. Available in the box set by clicking on the link below.
profile of the actor Gary Hope
Hope has worked on countless television shows over the years, appearing
in many of the top 1960s and 1970s series and serials. Gary's
includes classics such as Armchair Theatre (The Rose Affair),
Play of the Month (Dance of Death), The Count of Monte
Cristo, Top Secret, Danger Man, No Hiding
Place, The Saint, The Avengers, Public Eye, Clegg,
The Onedin Line, Barlow at Large, Lillie, and
the 1980s Gary had guest starring roles as Ashwell
Headroom, and Crossroads, where
saves the life of the motel's head-waiter, Paul Ross (Sandor
Eles) after he is viciously attacked. Gary has appeared in
films in the course of his career, including: Romeo Is Bleeding (1993),
Just For Fun
(1963), Licenced To Kill (1965), Night, After Night,
After Night (1969), Big Zapper (1973) Licenced To Love
and Kill (1979), and Number One Gun (1990).
is one film in particular of which Gary is most proud to have worked on
and that is Live On Arrival (1999), written and directed by
Paul Spurrier. The film also stars the late Ronald Lacey (in his
film) as Gordon Wheaton and his daughter Rebecca
Lacey plays Nurse O'Connell. The premise of the film is
man arrives at the casualty department of a hospital and is pronounced
dead; he does however still have the ability to walk and talk!
has also worked extensively on radio, including the BBC World
Service. He also stars in the BBC Radio 3 play The Trout
The One That Got Away, by Rufus Stone and produced by Piers
Burton-Page. In the play which was first broadcast on January 1
and repeated on July 14 2002, Gary plays the Austrian baritone and
composer, Herr Johann Michael Vogl. The play is about a trip to
Upper-Austria, which Herr Vogl made with his friend and colleague Franz
Schubert in 1819.
recently, Gary Guest-Starred as a Civil Registrar in Doctors,
the BBC1 TV daytime medical drama series. The episode entitled Words
and Music was broadcast on April 13 2006. Doctors is set in
the fictional Midlands town of Letherbridge and the storylines
revolve around the lives of the staff and patients at The Mill Health
Centre, a busy family medical practice.
Hope was born in Essex and began his career in the acting profession
after being awarded a scholarship from Essex County Council. Gary
attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama followed by the
Hornchurch Repertory Theatre in Essex, then to the Theatre Royal in
Lincoln after which Gary went on to Sir Barry Jackson's Birmingham
Repertory Theatre, now known as the Old Rep.
greatest love is the Theatre and he has appeared on stage throughout
his acting career. In 1957 he played Pilot-Officer Willie
Wishart in a play by Ronald Adam entitled An English Summer,
set at RAF
Hornchurch during World War 2. Ronald Adam wrote the play based on his
experiences as a real-life Operations-Room Controller at RAF Hornchurch
during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Hope played Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas ('Bosie') in The
Crime Of Maud Allan, in which the actors use the actual
transcripts from the trial in 1918 of Noel Pemberton Billing MP for
criminal libel against Maud Allan, a dancer from Toronto. Pemberton
Billing was the independent MP for East Hertfordshire and held extreme
right-wing views. Whilst in the production, Gary
was seen on two occasions by the National Theatre and this led to his
appearing in a two & a half year run in Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus.
2004, Gary starred in the autumn tour of The Shell Seekers,
directed by David Taylor, with scripts by Charlotte Bingham and Terence
Brady. Based on the 1987 novel by Rosamunde Pilcher, the play is set
mainly in Cornwall and Gary plays Lawrence Stern.
Hope's first television appearance was in the ABC Television
drama-anthology series Armchair Theatre. The play
Rose Affair, is a multi-award
winning production. The Rose Affair also stars Natasha
Dudley Foster, Anthony Quayle, Joseph O'Connor and Naunton Wayne. Gary Hope's
character in The Rose Affair is Mr.Face Jr. "The Play
is a witty and imaginative reworking of The Beauty and the
Beast fairytale..." (Screenonline). The Rose Affair
first broadcast on October 8 1961, Alun Owen wrote the script; his
fifth for the series, Charles Jarrott directed and the producer is
Sydney Newman. See the full
BFI Screenonline website.
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