Kenneth Cranham

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Kenneth Cranham
Born (1944-12-12) 12 December 1944 (age 74)
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Diana Quick (1974–78; divorced)
Fiona Victory
Partner(s) Charlotte Cornwell

Kenneth Cranham (born 12 December 1944) is a Scottish film, television, radio and stage actor.

Acting career

Cranham trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain[1] and RADA. He starred in the title role in the popular 1980s comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon. He also appeared in Layer Cake, Gangster No. 1, Rome, Oliver! and many other films. He is probably best known to horror genre fans as the deranged Dr. Philip Channard and his Cenobitic alter-ego from Hellbound: Hellraiser II. His many stage credits include West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, An Inspector Calls (both transferring to Broadway), The Ruffian on the Stair, The Birthday Party and Gaslight (at the Old Vic). Most recently, he has been heard on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play series as "DS Max Matthews" in the three-play series The Interrogation by Roy Williams and starred as "Thomas Gradgrind" in BBC Radio's 2007 adaptation of Dickens Hard Times. For his role as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award.

Personal life

Cranham was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, the son of Lochgelly-born Margaret McKay Cranham (née Ferguson) and Ronald Cranham, an English civil servant.[2][3] His first wife was actress Diana Quick. He has two daughters: Nancy Cranham with actress Charlotte Cornwell, and Kathleen Cranham with his second wife, actress Fiona Victory.[2]


Television credits


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  3. He epitomises the cockney geezer and hard man on screen, but actor Kenneth Cranham's roots – and fondest memories belong to Fife

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