Paul Darrow

Paul Darrow(bornPaul Valentine Birkbyon 2 May 1941) is an English actor best known for his portrayal of Kerr Avon in the BBC science fiction television seriesBlake's 7. He also guest starred twice onDoctor Who, playing Captain Hawkins in the serialDoctor Who and the Silurianswhich was transmitted in 1970 and Maylin Tekker in the serialTimelashwhich was transmitted in 1985.

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 Paul Darrow's Early years

Darrow was born in Surrey , England, and was educated at The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School , before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art .

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 Paul Darrow's Career

The popularity of his role as Avon has tended to overshadow his extensive work in theatre and television. He also plays the character of Kaston Iago in the Kaldor City audios. He appeared in all but the first episode ofBlake's 7.

,The Saint,Z-Cars,Dixon of Dock Green,Within These Walls, as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1975 BBC seriesThe Legend of Robin Hood, as Mr. Tallboy in the 1973 TV adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers 'Murder Must Advertise, as Thomas Doughty in the TV filmDrake's Venture,Dombey and Son,Maelstrom,Making News,Pie in the Sky,HollyoaksandLittle Britain. He provided the voiceover for Biblical quotations in Richard Dawkins 'sThe Root of All Evil?. He was also the presenter of the 2004 BBC3 reality TV series Hercules.His film credits are few but include roles as doctors inThe Raging Moon(1971) and the Bond movieDie Another Day(2002).

Proud of his work onBlake's 7, Darrow has acted as the show's most prolific spokesman, both in the UK and during the late 80s, in the U.S., when the show was frequently broadcast on US public television. In the mid to late 1990s, he purchased the rights toBlake's 7and attempted to produce a big-budget follow-up mini-series,Blake's 7: A Rebellion Reborn. According to Darrow, it would have begun 25 years after the ending of the original series and might have included an aged Avon passing the torch to a new generation.

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Darrow records voiceovers and straplines for UK Jack FM station in Oxfordshire . He also provides the voice of the character Grand Moff Tarkin in the computer gameStar Wars: Empire at War. He also voiced the character of Zarok in the PlayStation gameMediEvil. Darrow appeared inEmmerdalefrom 13 July 2009, playing Eddy Fox , a friend of Alan Turner's; he knows Turner as "Tank".[citation needed]

Darrow also provided the voice of a main character in the PC gameHostile Waters: Antaeus Rising. The actress Glynis Barber, who played Soolin onBlake's 7, provided the voice for the main female character. The game was narrated by Tom Baker ofDoctor Whofame.

In 2004 Darrow was the subject of the fourth volume of MJTV's "The Actor Speaks" audio CDs, featuring frank interviews and dramatic pieces, alongside guest Peter Miles, with a piece specifically written by Tanith Lee.

In December 2011 Darrow voiced the character of Overseer Tremel in the Bioware MMORPG releaseStar Wars: The Old Republic.

In 2012, Darrow returned to the role of Kerr Avon in Big Finish Productions 'Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles, a series of dramatic readings which take place during Series One before the death of Olag Gan. Darrow stars as Avon inThe Turning TestandThe Magnificent Fourby Simon Guerrier andCounterfeitby Peter Anghelides.

In 2015, Darrow starred as Paul Rand, the enigmatic business man in charge of the business institute Atlas in the interactive video game " Contradiction: Spot the Liar! ". A sequel is planned in 2016.

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 Paul Darrow's Further reading

He is the author ofAvon: A Terrible Aspect( ISBN 0-80651-112-5 ), a 1989 novel about Avon's father and Avon's own early life. Darrow's autobiography,You're Him, Aren't You?( ISBN 1-84435-236-6 ) was published in 2006. Darrow narrated the 2008 audio book of Terry Nation's classic children's story 'Rebecca's World, Journey to the Forbidden Planet'.

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