William Marlowe

William Marlowe (25 July 1930 31 January 2003) was a British theatre, television and film actor.[1][2]

William Marlowe
in Robbery (1967)
William James Marlowe

(1930-07-25)25 July 1930
Died31 January 2003(2003-01-31) (aged 72)
OccupationBritish actor
Spouse(s)Linda Marlowe (1958-1967) (divorced)
Catherine Schell (1968-1977) (divorced)
Kismet Delgado (1983-2003) (his death)

He served in the Fleet Air Arm and hoped for a career as a writer before training as an actor at RADA.[3] He was cast in A Family at War (1970–72), as Harry Mailer in the Doctor Who serial The Mind of Evil (1971), as Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Legend of Robin Hood (1975) and as DCI Bill Russell in The Gentle Touch (1980–84).[4][5]

He reappeared in Doctor Who as Lester in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975).[6] His guest star roles include Barlow (1975), Breakaway (1980), Callan (1972) and Catch Hand (1964). Later he played Chief Supt. Thomas in The Chief (1990).[7]

He was married to actress Linda Marlowe (née Bathurst) from 1958–1967, to actress Catherine Schell from 1968–1977, and to Kismet Delgado (née Shahani), the widow of actor Roger Delgado, from 1983 until his death in 2003, aged 72.[8][9] Many books falsely claim that he was once married to actress Fernanda Marlowe.


Year Title Role Notes
1960Tunes of GloryOfficer #9
1962Play It CoolCab DriverUncredited
1962A Prize of ArmsSgt. Ward
1963A Place to GoCharlie Batey
1965The Heroes of TelemarkClaus
1965The UncleWayne
1967RobberyDave Aitken
1968Amsterdam AffairMartin Ray
1969Where's Jack?Tom Sheppard
1969The Royal Hunt of the SunCandia
1971Journey to MurderRandolph Verdew (The Killing Bottle)
1976Nosey DobsonJerry
1985RevolutionSgt. Marley
1987Cry FreedomPolice captain at Soweto


  1. "William Marlowe - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  2. "William Marlowe". BFI.
  3. Fabrique. "William Marlowe — RADA". www.rada.ac.uk.
  4. "William Marlowe". www.aveleyman.com.
  5. "BFI Screenonline: Gentle Touch, The (1980-84)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  6. "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - Revenge of the Cybermen - Details". www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. "The Chief[04/05/90] (1990)". BFI.
  8. "From drug dealing to punk rock grannies". www.scotsman.com.
  9. Maxford, Howard (28 February 2018). "Hammer Complete". McFarland via Google Books.

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