Harold Innocent

Harold Sidney Innocent (18 April 1933 – 12 September 1993) was an English actor who appeared in many film and television roles.

Harold Innocent
Born18 April 1933
Died12 September 1993(1993-09-12) (aged 60)
London, England

After attending Broad Street Secondary Modern School in Coventry, Innocent worked for a short time as an office clerk. Realising quickly that he was not suited to this career, he turned instead to acting, studying at the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. After National Service in the RAF, Innocent went into repertory theatre. Later he moved to Hollywood where he appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1959, as well other television series such as The Barbara Stanwyck Show.[1]

On his return to the United Kingdom he appeared at the Nottingham Playhouse, the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, the Young Vic, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. In 1984 with the RSC he appeared in Richard III and Love's Labour's Lost. With the same company he appeared in Henry V, playing both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Duke of Burgundy. He played the latter role in the 1989 film version for Kenneth Branagh. In 1991 he appeared in Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III, again at the National Theatre.[1]

Innocent's television appearances include the 1969 pilot episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Persuaders!, My Late Lamented Friend and Partner as well as Callan, Crown Court, The Professionals, Minder, Inspector Morse, the Bursar in Porterhouse Blue, EastEnders[1] and as Lord Robert "Bunchy" Gospell in episode 6 (Death in a White Tie) of the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries. Maigret and the Mad Woman, as Pepito Giovanni

His film roles included Loot (1970), Brazil (1984), Henry V (1989) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). On stage he appeared in a musical version of Alice in Wonderland at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith in 1986, and made his operatic debut in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore for a centenary performance in 1987 at Sadler's Wells.[1]

He appeared in the Doctor Who serial The Happiness Patrol as Gilbert M, and later the BBC Radio 5 drama serial The Paradise of Death.

He died in London in 1993 after a short illness, aged 60.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1962The Notorious LandladyYoung EscortUncredited
1970Every Home Should Have OneJimpson
1970LootBank Manager
1973Yellow DogMarceau
1975GalileoSecond Secretary-Informer
1984The Case of Marcel Duchamp
1985BrazilInterview Official
1986God's OutlawDoctor
1987Little DorritMr. Rugg, Legal Advisor
1988BusterJustice Parry
1988Without a ClueMayor Johnson
1989The Tall GuyTimothy
1989Try This One for SizeKendrick
1989Henry VDuke Philippe of Burgundy
1991Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesBishop of Hereford


  1. "Obituary: Harold Innocent". The Times. 15 September 1993. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
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