Ian Charleson


Ian Charleson

Ian Charleson (August 11 1949 – January 6 1990) was a Scottish actor in whose honour The Ian Charleson Awards were established.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Charleson attended the Royal High School and then went on to attend the University of Edinburgh. He initially studied architecture but switched to an MA degree after cultivating an interest in acting. After graduating from Edinburgh he won a place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). His best-known role was as the athlete Eric Liddell in the film "Chariots of Fire" (1981). Other notable film appearances were his film debut "Jubilee" (1977), "Gandhi" (1982, in the role of C. F. Andrews), and Dario Argento's horror classic "Opera".

Charleson, who was gay, died of AIDS-related causes at the age of 40. He died while playing "Hamlet" in Richard Eyre's production at the Olivier Theatre. Sir Ian McKellen said that Charleson played Hamlet so well it was as if he had rehearsed the role all his life.

The Ian Charleson Awards have been presented annually since 1991 to reward the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors aged under 30. The HIV day care center at the Royal Free Hospital in London NW3 is named in his memory.

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* [http://www.alanbates.com/abarchive/stage/charleson.html Essay] by Alan Bates from "For Ian Charleson: A Tribute", ISBN 0-09-470250-0.
* [http://members.aol.com/dramaddict/charleson.htm The Ian Charleson Awards]


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