- Paul Darrow
name = Paul Darrow
caption = Photo by Tim Drury.
birthname = Paul Birkby
birthdate = birth date and age|1941|5|2|df=y
Surrey, England, UK
Janet Lees Price
website = http://www.avon-paul-darrow.co.uk/
Paul Darrow (born Paul Birkby on
2 May 1941) is a British character actorbest known for his portrayal of Kerr Avonin the BBC science fiction televisionseries " Blake's 7". He also guest starred twice on " Doctor Who", most notably playing Tekker (later Maylin) in the serial " Timelash".
Darrow was born in
Surrey, England, and attended Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' Schoolbefore studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The popularity of his role as Avon has tended to overshadow his extensive work in theatreand television. He is the author of "" (ISBN 0-80651-112-5), a 1989 novel about Avon's father and Avon's own early life. He also plays the character of Kaston Iago in the Kaldor Cityaudios - a role which many have theorised is intended to be Kerr Avon.
He appeared in all but the first episode of "Blakes 7". In the final episode of the series, in which all of the main characters are seen to be to be shot, Avon shot dead the character Klyn - played by Paul Darrow's wife,
Janet Lees Price.
Darrow's other notable TV appearances include: "
Emergency Ward 10", "The Saint", " Z Cars", " Dixon of Dock Green", " Within These Walls", as the Sheriff of Nottinghamin the 1975 BBC series " The Legend of Robin Hood", as Thomas Doughty in the BBC series Drake's Venture, "Maelstrom", " Making News", " Pie in the Sky", " Hollyoaks" and " Little Britain". He also spoke the voiceover for Biblical quotations in Richard Dawkins's " The Root of All Evil?".
Proud of his work on Blake's 7, Darrow has acted as the show's most prolific spokesperson, both in the
UKand during the late 80s, in the U.S., when the show was frequently broadcast on US public television. In the mid to late 1990s, he has also purchased the rights to Blake's 7 and attempted to produce a big-budget followup miniseries, "Blake's 7: A Rebellion Reborn". According to Darrow, it would have begun 25 years after the ending of the original series and may have included an aged Avon passing the torch to a new generation. Reportedly, due to creative differences, Darrow left the project.
Recently, Darrow has recorded voiceovers and straplines for
Jack FM, a radiostation based in Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Because Jack FM's format is predominantly automated with topical, local and quirky sweepers linking the songs, Darrow is effectively the main voice of the radio station after 9am.
He also provides the voice of the character
Grand Moff Tarkinin the computer game .
Darrow's autobiography, "You're Him, Aren't You?" (ISBN 1-84435-236-6) was published in 2006.
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Birkby, Paul (birth name)
SHORT DESCRIPTION=English actor
DATE OF BIRTH=
May 2, 1941
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Surrey, England, UK
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