Julian Curry

Julian Burnlee Curry[1][2][3] (born 8 December 1937 in Devon) is an English actor best known for playing Claude Erskine-Browne in ITV's comedy-drama Rumpole of the Bailey.

Julian Burnlee Curry
Julian Curry at the STR annual Theatre Book Prize presentation in May 2011
Born (1937-12-08) 8 December 1937
Spouse(s)Mary Chater

Early life

The son of William Burnlee Curry (1900-1962), headmaster of Dartington Hall School from 1930 to 1957, and Marjorie Graham (née McIldowie), Curry was educated at Dartington Hall School and King's College, Cambridge.[4][5]

Television appearances

Curry made his first television appearance in 1965 in an episode of the series For Whom the Bell Tolls. Other TV appearances include roles in Pride and Prejudice (1967), Softly, Softly (1968), Nicholas Nickleby (1968), Z-Cars (1965 & 1975), The Floater (1975), The Way of the World (1975), Brassneck (1975), The Glittering Prizes (1976), Trilby (1976), The Onedin Line (1976), Campion's Interview (1977), Rumpole of the Bailey (1977–1992), The Life of Shakespeare (1978), Prince Regent (1979), The Vanishing Army (1980), Psy Warriors (1981), A Fine Romance (1982), King Lear (1982), Three Up, Two Down (1985), Lytton's Diary (1985–86), Death of a Son (1989), Around the World in 80 Days (1989), Sherlock Holmes (1991), Thatcher: The Final Days (1991), Inspector Morse (1993), Bugs - Assassins Inc (1995), It Might Be You (1995), Kavanagh QC (1997), The Wyvern Mystery (2000), Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (2001), The Hunt (2001), Prince William (2002), Stig of the Dump (2002), Midsomer Murders (2004), The Brief (2005), and The Queen's Sister (2005).[6]

Film roles

Curry's film appearances include The Mini-Affair (1967), The Brontë Sisters (1979), Manions of America (1981), Escape to Victory (1981), The Missionary (1982), Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985), Fall From Grace (1994), Loch Ness (1996), Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996), Seven Days to Live (2000), and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004).[6]

Theatre work

His appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, include roles in Doctor Faustus (1969), Much Ado About Nothing (1969), The Hollow Crown (1976), Pleasure and Repentance (1976), The Winter's Tale, (1984), The Crucible (1984), Krapp's Last Tape (1984), The Danton Affair (1986), King John (1989), Henry VI (1989), The Merchant of Venice (1997), Talk of the City (1998), Back to Methuselah (2001) and Women Beware Women (2006). At the National Theatre he has appeared in Measure for Measure (1973), The Bacchae (1973), and The Alchemist (2006). Other major stage appearances include roles in Hamlet (1971), The Black and White Minstrels (1973), Donkey's Years (1976), The Importance of Being Earnest (1977), The Achurch Letters (1978), Outside Edge (1979), The Duchess of Malfi (1981), Nightshade (1984), Samuel Beckett's Company (1987), Timon of Athens (1991), Cyrano de Bergerac (1992), Lust - the musical (1993), Richard 2nd (2006) and Love - the musical (2008). He has toured with the Old Vic Company, the RSC and Prospect Theatre Company.[7]

Other work

Curry also holds a Diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and was for some years a freelance member of the Circle of Wine Writers. He has performed his one-man entertainment Hic! or The Entire History of Wine (abridged) over 150 times in many parts of the world. He wrote and recorded the Naxos audiobook A Guide to Wine. He is also the author of Shakespeare on Stage, a collection of interviews with thirteen leading actors focussing on specific Shakespearean roles. It was nominated as 2011 Theatre Book of the Year. In "Shakespeare on Stage" Curry interviews Brian Cox (about the titular role of Titus Andronicus), Judi Dench (Juliet), Ralph Fiennes (about the titular role of Coriolanus), Rebecca Hall (Rosalind from As You Like It), Derek Jacobi (Malvolio from Twelfth Night), Jude Law (Hamlet), Adrian Lester (Henry V), Ian McKellen (Macbeth), Helen Mirren (Cleopatra), Tim Pigott-Smith (Leontes from A Winter's Tale), Kevin Spacey (Richard II), Patrick Stewart (Prospero from The Tempest), and Penelope Wilton (Isabella from Measure for Measure. A second volume of Shakespeare on Stage was published in 2017.).[8][9]

He was married to actress Sheila Reid but the marriage was dissolved. He was later married to Josephine Edmunds but the marriage was also dissolved. They have two sons, Finn and Patrick. He is currently married to actress and writer Mary Chater.

Partial filmography


  1. A Register of Admissions to King's College, Cambridge, 1945-1982, ed. John Bancroft, Martin Butler Booth, 1989, p. 172
  2. The Cambridge University List of Members up to 31 December 1991, p. 320
  3. "Julian Burnlee CURRY - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)".
  4. Who's who in the Theatre, Gale Research Company, 1981, p. 158
  5. "William Curry".
  6. Curry on the Internet Movie Database
  7. Biography on Filmreference.com
  8. Curry, Julian (2010). Shakespeare On Stage. 14 Larden Road, London W3 7ST: Nick Hern Books Limited. ISBN 978-1-84842-077-9.
  9. Curry on Wine Entertainment.com
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