Thursday 9 January 2014

Gary Watson

Gary Watson in 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'

Gary Watson:

The cool, calculating and slightly malevolent gaze of Gary Watson was memorably employed in 'The Avengers' - in four different stories between 1961 and 1968: 'Death on the Slipway', 'Immortal Clay', 'Lobster Quadrille' and 'Wish You Were Here'.

As an army officer, indignant at his investigation
by a young John Thaw in a 1965 episode of 'Redcap'

He also shows up in other ITC favourites of the '60s such as 'The Saint' and 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)', and the 1967 Doctor Who adventure 'The Evil of the Daleks'. Other high-end TV productions include the Anthony Hopkins 1972 version of 'War And Peace', the crime thriller series 'The Hanged Man' and 'The Pallisers'.

The police arrive to find suspicion thrown on Watson's 
character, Dr Dunn, in 'The Human Jungle'

In 'Murder Most English: The Flaxborough Chronicles'

He played the inscrutable Mr Ross in the BBC version of Colin Watson's 'Murder Most English' and took the role of Aramis in 'The Three Musketeers' with Brian Blessed and Jeremy Young. 

In the 'Thriller' drama series episode 'Once the Killing Starts''

In impressive whiskers for a UK/Canadian TV version of
the Sherlock Holmes story 'Silver Blaze'

Gary Watson-imdb


  1. After seeing so many old ad breaks on YouTube, from the late 1970s to the end of the 1980s, Gary Watson's voice would be heard in at least one advert in that break. I think that him, Michael Jayston and John Shrapnel were the three main "voices" in 1980s ad breaks. And of course, one of his catchphrases was "Nescafe - coffee at its best", just after we saw Gareth Hunt doing rude gestures with coffee beans.

  2. This, to my mind, very much underrated actor, first came to my attention a long time ago, reading on the radio "Great Expectations" - and I also saw him in a season at the Birmingham Rep. Theatre, fairly soon afterwards. Have followed his career with great interest and quite sad to read he has now retired. As well s being a fine actor he seemed to be a nice man too - met him just once after a performance (also in Birmingham) of "The High Bid" -he really could not have been nicer, and certainly confirmed me as a "fan" as they used to be then. Recently heard him in the 1968 version of "Day of the Triffids" - so good to hear him again. Whatever he does these days I hope life is good for him

    1. Thank you for your kind words towards my grate uncle, I studied performing arts and always had him as an idle but he dosnt often speak of his career I’d love to find out more of what he was in and even find clips of him would really be amazing, if you could help atall I would be so grateful

  3. I'm an avid fan of the 1971 BBC/Universal television film of Paul Gallico's "The Snow Goose" and would love to be able to write to Mr Watson to let him know how much his narration contributed to the magic of that wonderful production.

    Any assistance offered would be much appreciated.


  4. I agree that Gary Watson has been under -rated as an actor. His voice and his speaking of verse are things of great beauty. I wish that I had met him.I have written to him but am uncertain as to whether or not he received my letter.

  5. Although I never met him but he lived near me when I lived in West Hampstead and was the Uncle of my boyfriend Noel.

  6. I also saw Gary Watson at the Birmingham Rep. He played Elyot in "Private Lives" and was brilliant.