Graham Crowden

Graham Crowden

Highest Rated: 100% The Missionary (1982)

Lowest Rated: 50% Britannia Hospital (1982)

Birthday: Nov 30, 1922

Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

While best known for portraying quirky and memorable characters for BBC series, Scottish character actor Graham Crowden began his professional acting career in the theater. One of his most notable achievements was joining the National Theater, an acting company founded by screen and stage icon Laurence Olivier, and playing the role of The Player King in the classic comedy "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." Crowden earned dozens of odd and colorful supporting roles in British television throughout the 1950s and 1960s until British New Wave film director Lindsay Anderson discovered his talent and cast Crowden as the History Master in his 1968 film, "If...." He went on to star in two more of Anderson's films: "O Lucky Man!," in which he played three separate roles, and the 1982 black comedy "Brittania Hospital," where he portrayed the maniacal surgeon Professor Millar. Part of Crowden's acting charm came with his ability to balance his career playing well-spoken, subdued gentlemen and psychotic, cringe-inducing miscreants. He found an opportunity to become a household name in 1974, when he was offered the role of the Fourth Doctor in the mega-hit BBC science fiction series "Doctor Who," but ultimately turned down the part by stating that he did not want to play a single character for three years. Not until 1990--and in his late 60's--did Crowden become a well-known face with his portrayal of mischievous retirement home resident Tom Ballard in the successful dramatic sitcom "Waiting for God."

Highest rated movies

The Missionary
The Ruling Class
The Company of Wolves
O Lucky Man!
Calendar Girls
I Want You




74% 67% Calendar Girls Richard (Character) $31.0M 2003
63% 58% Possession Sir George (Character) $10.1M 2002
67% 61% I Want You Old Man (Character) $1.2K 1998
No Score Yet 67% Discworld: Soul Music Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Innocent Sleep George (Character) $5.3K 1995
No Score Yet 40% Code Name: Emerald Sir Geoffrey Macklin (Character) $515.0K 1985
80% 73% The Company of Wolves Old Priest (Character) - 1985
62% 83% Out of Africa Lord Belfield (Character) $83.1M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monsignor Quixote The Bishop (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder Rock Streeter (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flying Into the Wind Judge Wood (Character) - 1983
50% 54% Britannia Hospital Professor Millar (Character) - 1982
100% 41% The Missionary The Reverend Fitzbanks (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beloved Enemy Sir Peter (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fiona Lord Yardarm (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Abdication Cardinal Barberini (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Romance With a Double Bass Unknown (Character) - 1974
78% 87% O Lucky Man! Stewart/Prof. Millar/Meths Drinker (Character) - 1973
83% 86% The Ruling Class Truscott (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 43% The Road Builder Mr. Bolton (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 41% Up the Chastity Belt Sir Coward (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 67% The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Bishop of Cowley (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The File of the Golden Goose Smythe (Character) - 1969
92% 87% If... History Master (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 40% One Way Pendulum Prosecuting Counsel/Caretaker (Character) - 1964


No Score Yet 100% Midsomer Murders Reggie Barton (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanity Fair Lord Bareacres (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Waiting for God Unknown (Character) 1990-1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Professionals Unknown (Character) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Porridge Prison Doctor (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Beauty Unknown (Guest Star) 1974