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Clive Russell

Highest Rated:   88% Festival (2005)
Lowest Rated:   14% Made of Honor (2008)
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Scottish-born Clive Russell is six and a half feet of bone and sinew. Add to his imposing stage presence his impressive acting skill and you have a colossal acting machine that can cry, bend steel, and recite Shakespeare. Russell has used his attributes to play Helfdane the Large in The Thirteenth Warrior, Ajax the Great in Troilus and Cressida, and blacksmith Joe Gargery in Great Expectations. For his portrayal of a gigantic but gentle ex-coal miner in the acclaimed Margaret's Museum, Russell earned a Canadian Academy Award nomination for best actor. Russell's appetite for acting is as big as he is. Between 1997 and 2001, he completed 24 films in addition to TV and other projects, including such high-profile productions as The Mists of Avalon (TV miniseries), Oliver Twist (TV miniseries), and Oscar and Lucinda. No, he probably won't replace Sean Connery as Scotland's most famous actor. But he certainly deserves recognition as one of Scotland's best actors -- right up there among Connery, Ewan McGregor, Dougray Scott, and Robert Carlyle.Russell first performed before an audience in 1960 on the Shari Lewis Show. But it was not until 1980 that he got his first real acting job -- performing on the London stage as the superintendent in Nobel Prize-winner Dario Fo's satire The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, about police corruption in Italy. The reviews were good, and he reprised that role for television in 1983. After further honing his skills in various British TV productions and a handful of films -- including Jute City, The Power of One, The Hawk, and Seconds Out -- Russell received exposure before international audiences as Caleb Garth in the celebrated BBC miniseries Middlemarch, based on the George Eliot novel of the same name. A year later, he fell in love on the movie screen with Helena Bonham Carter in Margaret's Museum, earning laudatory reviews worldwide. Clive Russell had arrived. After more TV roles and another film, Russell played Ralph Fiennes' father in another critically acclaimed film, Oscar and Lucinda. Growing recognition of his acting skills then brought him plum roles in four major TV miniseries: Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, The Railway Children, and The Mists of Avalon. In the same year that he made Mists, Russell also performed in The Emperor's New Clothes, starring Ian Holm as Napoleon. In 2002, his career reached new heights when he took on a role in a BBC/Columbia Tristar production about a mountain-rescue team in Scotland.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Mary Queen Of Scots
  • Douglas
2014
66% Thor: The Dark World
  • Tyr
$206.4M 2013
20% Outpost: Black Sun
  • Marius
2012
29% The Wicker Tree
  • Beame
2012
No Score Yet The Fighter's Ballad
  • Actor
2012
59% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Captain Tanner
$186.9M 2011
35% The Wolfman
  • MacQueen
$62M 2010
71% Sherlock Holmes
  • Captain Tanner
$208.8M 2009
62% Beyond the Pole
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Cup Cake
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Lezione 21 (Lecture 21) (Lesson 21)
  • Actor
2008
14% Made of Honor
  • Cousin Finlay
$46.1M 2008
80% Book of Blood
  • Wyburd
2008
No Score Yet Joe's Palace
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Mist: The Story of a Sheepdog Puppy
  • Actor
2006
88% Festival
  • Actor
2005
63% Ladies in Lavender
  • Adam Penruddocke
$6.5M 2005
31% King Arthur
  • Lancelot's Father
$51.8M 2004
No Score Yet The Killing Kind
  • Mr. Michaelmas
2003
No Score Yet The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Newson
2003
No Score Yet Mad Dogs
  • Actor
2002
73% The Emperor's New Clothes
  • Bommel
$0.5M 2002
No Score Yet Silent Cry
  • Dennis Betts
2002
No Score Yet Mr. In-Between
  • Mr. Michaelmas
2002
38% The Mists of Avalon
  • Gerlois
2001
33% The 13th Warrior
  • Helfdane The Large
1999
70% My Life So Far
  • The Tramp
1999
No Score Yet Body Work
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Out of Depth
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Bodywork
  • Actor
1998
66% Oscar and Lucinda
  • Theophilus
1997
67% Margaret's Museum
  • Neil Currie
1995
50% Fatherland
  • Krebs
1994
No Score Yet Finney
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Middlemarch
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet The Hawk
  • Chief Inspector Daybury
1993
39% The Power of One
  • Sergeant Bormann
1992
No Score Yet Shari Lewis: You Can Do It
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Cup Cake
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ripper Street
2012
  • David Abaline Fred Abberline
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
94% Game of Thrones
2011
  • Brynden Tully
  • 2016
  • 2013
No Score Yet Merlin
2009-2012
  • Bayard
  • 2009
No Score Yet Monarch of the Glen
2000-2005
  • Peter Finlay
  • 2006
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Station Master Joe Gargery
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1988
71% Rellik
2017
  • Henry
No Score Yet Two Pints of Lager (and a Packet of Crisps)
2001-2011
  • Actor

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