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James Laurenson

James Laurenson (born 17 February 1940) is a New Zealand born stage and screen actor.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Selected filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Laurenson was born in Marton, North Island, New Zealand. He was a student at Canterbury University College in Christchurch (now University of Canterbury) where he was directed by Ngaio Marsh,[1] notably in the title role in MacBeth at the Civic Theatre Christchurch in 1962.[2]

He moved to the UK in the mid-1960s and made his film debut in 1969 with a small part in Women in Love, although he also had an uncredited part (as an Oxford rower, playing alongside Graham Chapman) in The Magic Christian.


He has appeared in numerous British Thames Television/Euston Films series Armchair Cinema. He also starred as Pink's Father in the 1982 film, Pink Floyd—The Wall.

An accomplished singer, Laurenson took the lead role of Julian Marsh in Gower Champion's musical 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, and appeared at Greenwich Theatre in Falling Over England with Charlotte Cornwell.

Throughout his career, Laurenson has had guest roles in numerous popular TV series such as Z-Cars, Space: 1999, The Professionals, Armchair Thriller, Hammer House of Horror, Remington Steele, Cagney and Lacey, Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense, Inspector Morse, Bergerac, Boon, Lovejoy, Prime Suspect, Sharpe, A Touch of Frost, Heartbeat, Silent Witness, Taggart, Midsomer Murders, State of Play, Hustle, and Spooks.

In 2012, he played the Earl of Westmoreland in the BBC Two adaptations of Henry IV, Parts I and II.,[4] and in 2013 he appeared as Professor Hilary Ambrose in Season 2, Episode 5 of the BBC One's Father Brown series.

Personal life

Laurenson has made his long-term home in the Somerset market-town of Frome. [5]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre - Colin Chamber. A&C Black, May 14, 2006 ISBN 0-8264-4959-X page 179|url=
  2. ^ The Theatre of Ngaio Marsh - Brian McNeill published in Art New Zealand No.13 Spring 1979 (with Photograph)|url=
  3. ^ Ian McKellen's homepage Edward II
  4. ^ "Cast confirmed for BBC Two's cycle of Shakespeare films" (Press release). BBC Drama Publicity. 2011-11-24. Archived from the original on 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  5. ^ BBC Interview with Helen Otter in June 2006

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