Bernard Hepton

Bernard Hepton

Highest Rated: 100% The Woman in Black (1989)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Baroness and the Pig (2002)

Birthday: Oct 19, 1925

Birthplace: Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK

Bernard Hepton was an actor who became one of the most well-respected thespians on stage and screen in his native England during his life. Born on October 19, 1925 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, Hepton grew up working class: his father was an electrician, and his mother was a mill-worker. When the second world war broke out, Hepton was unable to enlist in the army due to being short-sighted, so he instead trained as an aircraft engineer and draughtsman alongside firewatching duties. Once the war ended, Hepton trained at the Bradford Civic Playhouse under director Esme Church. By 1952, he had extensive stage work under his belt, and joined the Birmingham Repertory company, and rose through the ranks, becoming the artistic director in 1957. He later joined the Liverpool Playhouse, becoming director in 1963, but ended up resigning before the season ended. Hepton got his big break when he played Caiaphas in a TV adaptation of Dennis Potter's play "Son of Man" (BBC1, 1969). He followed this up with a cameo on the popular fantasy series "Catweazle" (ITV, 1970-71), before taking on a supporting role alongside Michael Caine in the British gangster classic "Get Carter" (1971). Hepton soon returned to TV, co-starring as the Kommandant on the wartime POW thriller series "Colditz" (BBC1, 1972-74). Following a brief cameo in Stanley Kubrick's classic period piece "Barry Lyndon" (1975), Hepton co-starred as Milton Goldsmith in "Voyage of the Damned" (1976). Hepton's next role would be a defining one: he played Toby Esterhase in the TV adaptation of John le Carré's classic novel, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (BBC, 1979), starring Alec Guinness as le Carré's most famous creation, veteran spook George Smiley. He would later reprise the role for a sequel, "Smiley's People" (BBC, 1982). After appearing in a TV adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic ghost story "The Woman in Black" (ITV, 1989), Hepton slowed down considerably, though he would continue to act on and off on both stage and TV until his death, at age 92, on July 27, 2018.

Highest rated movies

The Woman in Black
Jane Austen's Emma
The Holcroft Covenant
The Baroness and the Pig

Filmography

Movies

Credit
17% 12% The Baroness and the Pig Soames (Character) - 2002
89% 73% Jane Austen's Emma Mr. Woodhouse (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eminent Domain Slovak (Character) $81.9K 1990
100% 77% The Woman in Black Sam Toovey (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 77% Stealing Heaven Bishop (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Contract Henry Carter (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadey Captain Amies (Character) $1.9K 1986
27% 30% The Holcroft Covenant Commander Leighton (Character) $151.6K 1985
63% 90% The Plague Dogs Stephen Powell (Voice) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape From Colditz Kommandant (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Robin Redbreast Fisher (Character) - 1970

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandelion Dead Mr Davies (Character) 1994
100% 100% Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Toby Esterhase (Character) 1979