Denis Lill

Denis Lill(born 22 April 1942) is a New Zealand -born British actor.Denis Lill joined the RNZAF as a 13 course BES cadet entrant in 1959. It was in the RNZAF that he first expressed an interest in amateur dramatics and a fondness for mimicking characters of the BBC'sThe Goon Show. Throughout his air force career, he involved himself in operatic and theatric productions.Some of his many film and television roles includeFall of Eagles(1974),Edward the Seventh(1975),Survivors(1975–1977),Bad Blood(1982),The Scarlet Pimpernel(1982), as William Knox D'Arcy , the Australian oil pioneer in Persia, inReilly: Ace of Spies(1983),Rumpole of the Bailey(1983–1992),Mapp and Lucia(1985–1986),Only Fools and Horses(1989–1992),Richard III(1995),Evita(1996),The Opium War(1997),Rebecca(1997) andThe Royal(2003-2011).Lill twice appeared in the BBC's science fiction seriesDoctor Who: as Dr Fendelman in the 1977 serialImage of the Fendahland as Sir George Hutchinson in 1984'sThe Awakening. After a one-off appearance in the first series of Terry Nation's post-apocalyptic dramaSurvivorsas Charles Vaughan, he became the leading actor for the show's second and third series. In the 1990s he starred in sitcomsOutside Edgeas Dennis andOnly Fools and Horsesas Cassandra's father, Alan Parry.He also appeared as the drunken MP Sir Talbot Buxomly who died onscreen in an episode ofBlackadder the Thirdand as the Beadle inBlackadder's Christmas Carol. He also appeared as Sir Reuben Astwell in "The Underdog" (1993) of the detective seriesPoirot. He appeared inRed Dwarf, playing a rogue simulant in " Gunmen of the Apocalypse " and from 2003 until 2011 Lill starred in the ITV1 dramaThe Royal. as Consultant General Surgeon Mr. Rose. Lill has also worked in radio theatre with one of his memorable characters being the brother in Ron Blair's playThe Christian Brothers .In 2014, he appeared in24: Live Another Day.In February 2016, Denis appeared in series 18 episode 4 " A Dying Art" of the itv crime dramaMidsomer Murders.

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