Thursday, 11 April 2013

Robert Longden

Robert Longden: 

The distinctively camp, adenoidal tones of actor Robert Longden have been heard in some minor classics of British TV. His whimsical annunciation (somewhere between Georgina Hale and Julian Clary) and strangely boyish manner means he tends to appear in eccentric pieces, notably Alan Plater's Beiderbecke trilogy, in which he played Mr Pitt, the quietly subversive planning officer. 

Other TV roles date from the early '70s to the '00s, and include: 'The Fenn Street Gang', Sapper Copping in 'Danger UXB' (pictured above), 'Peter Cook & Co', 'Wood & Walters', 'Boon', 'The Gentle Touch', a string of TV movie whodunits and the unavoidable 'Casualty' and 'Doctors'. His 
showreel would suggest that he's keeping fairly busy, but I don't think he quite hooked as many primetime shows as he deserved. 

He was in a few feature films, mostly mildly embarrassing, such as 'Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall' (1974), 'Confessions of a Window Cleaner' (1974) and 'Escort Girls' (1975).   

He's still acting on the stage, it seems, and not just pantomime dames. He also found time to write the cult West End smash-flop, 'Moby Dick: The Musical'. 

Robert Longden - imdb


  1. Back in the early seventies I had an unforgettable trip to Elstree Studios courtesy of Robert Longdon who was then appearing in 'Adolph Hitler-My Part in his Downfall'

  2. Went to school with him I remember graham Wilson the English teacher giving him encouragement to go to R A D A he was just as other world ish at school in macclesfield who you see is who you get I remember him in school plays .


  3. Slept in the bed opposite mine on HMS Conway Drama course. Very fine Bollingbroke. Kept a notebook to record observations, jokes,
    thoughts and lines. He liked the prop knife I made so much, he took it home.