Julian Curry

Julian Curry
Julian Curry

Julian Curry at the STR annual Theatre Book Prize presentation in May 2011
Born 8 December 1937 (1937-12-08) (age 73)
Devon, England
Spouse Mary Chater

Julian Curry (born 8 December 1937, in Devon, England) is a British actor best known for playing Claude Erskine-Browne in ITV's comedy-drama Rumpole of the Bailey.

The son of William Burnlee Curry and Marjorie Graham Curry, he 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 (1885–86), Death of a Son (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).[1]

Curry's film appearances include Smashing Time (1967), Legacy of Blood (1978), Les Brontës (1978), The Manions of America (1981), Escape to Victory (1981), The Missionary (1982), Baby (1985), Fall From Grace (1994), Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996), Seven Days to Live (2000), Mysteries of Egypt (1998), and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004).[1]

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.[2]

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. 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). [3] [4]

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 2 sons, Finn and Patrick. He is currently married to actress and writer Mary Chater.


  1. ^ a b [1] Curry on the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ [2] Biography on Filmreference.com
  3. ^ Curry, Julian (2010). Shakespeare On Stage. 14 Larden Road, London W3 7ST: Nick Hern Books Limited. ISBN 978 1 84842 077 9. 
  4. ^ [3] Curry on Wine Entertainment.com

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