Christopher Ravenscoft, best known as Wexford’s right hand man in the popular detective TV series, has also made a name for himself on stage and the big screen. He starred in Shakespeare’s Henry V in the theatre and on screen with Kenneth Brannagh.
“I was Montjoy in the stage production with Ken, and when he began the Henry V film he grabbed me for the same part,’’ said Christopher. “I have been lucky working with some great people.’’ Christopher is currently working with some known stars in a repertory season in Bath.
Four plays are running consecutively until the end of August. Christopher is in Henry James’ The Portrait of A Lady with Niamh Cussack and Catherine McCormack. “I read Henry James a lot when I was a student but I have not read any since then,’’ he said.
The actor is also starring in A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen again with Catherine and Finbar Lynch. “It is a treat to work with Peter Hall who is a great theatre director of our age.’’
The actor looks back fondly on his time in the Ruth Rendell Mysteries for ITV 1 and says that he and George Baker who played Inspector Wexford were great mates. “We got on terribly well and developed a good friendship and working relationship. We had good chemistry.’’
The actor has also appeared in PD James murder mysteries, Midsumer Murders and Mind To Murder. He says it was just coincidence and not typecasting as a policeman. “It was just the scripts. I was a psychiatrist in Midsummer Murders,’’ he said.
But it was law rather than psychiatry or acting that Christopher was destined for. His grandfather had a law firm and he was to follow in his footsteps. He even notched up a law degree from London University “I spent more time on amateur drama at college than law and I knew I had to give it a go,’’ he said. His own son Jack has followed his father into the entertainment world as he is in the film industry.
The Peter Hall Season: The Portrait Of A Lady, A Doll’s House, Born In The Gardens and Enjoy Theatre Royal, Bath Until Saturday August 30.
- Born: London in 1946
- Training: Bristol Old Vic
- Lives now: London after 15 years in Manchester
- Partner: Married to Caroline
- Music: enjoys listening to classical recordings
- Hobbies: Reflexology and complimentary medicines
- Pets: cat called Aristotle