New Zealander Denis Lill has worked his trademark combination of 'tache and balding pate into some of the most popular British TV since the early '70s. There are some iconic period dramas, like 'Edward VII', 'Lillie', 'Fall Of Eagles', 'The Gathering Storm' and 'Madame Bovary'. Then there are the popular action series, including 'Z-Cars', 'Softly Softly Task Force', 'Survivors', 'The Professionals' and 'Van Der Valk'.
|A rare appearance without the trademark moustache in|
the TV sensation of 1976, 'Rock Follies'.
|In 'Fall of Eagles' as Prince Frederick III, son-in-law of |
Queen Victoria and father of the future Kaiser Wilhelm
|As the permanently sozzled Major Benjy Flint in 'Mapp & Lucia'. Seen here with |
the great character actor Geoffrey Chater, playing Mr Algernon Wyse.
Unusually, there have been a comparatively few run-of-the-mill soapy dramas and duff comedies, it's mostly inoffensive primetime stuff and the repeat fees must be continually landing on his doormat. See for example, 'The Royal', 'Only Fools and Horses', 'Red Dwarf', 'Casualty' and 'Heartbeat'.
|As senior surgeon Mr Rose in 'The Royal'|
Trivia point: he was in 'Batman' (1989), perhaps in the unique instance of a stand-in for a cameo. Original Batman creator Bob Kane was cast as the cartoonist on the Gotham Globe but couldn't make the filming.