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Colin Welland

Actor and writer Colin Welland will perhaps be forever remembered for his triumph at the 1982 Academy Awards, when he won the Best Screenplay Oscar for his screenplay for the hit film Chariots of Fire, proclaiming "The British are Coming!" As an actor, his first film appearance is perhaps still his best-loved, the sympathetic Mr Farthing in Kes (1969), for which he won a BAFTA. Born in Liverpool, but raised in Leigh, Welland initially started out as an art teacher before moving into acting and becoming a household name playing the role of PC Graham in the long running BBC police serial Z Cars. Aside from Chariots of Fire, he wrote many other plays and films including the BAFTA winning Kisses at Fifty (later remade for Hollywood with Gene Hackman as Twice in a Lifetime), Leeds United! based on the rag trade strike that his own mother-in-law was active in, Yanks, A Dry White Season and War of the Buttons. As a film and TV actor his credits include Kes, Straw Dogs, Blue Remembered Hills, Cowboys and Sweeney! He died at the age of 81 on November 2, 2015, having suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years.

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Jul 4, 1934 In Liverpool, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Z-Cars 1962-01-02
Latest Project:
Movie Wings on Their Heels: The Making of 'Chariots of Fire' 2005-01-01
Known For
Poster of After Dark
Poster of The Sweeney
Poster of Kes
Poster of Z-Cars
Movie Wings on Their Heels: The Making of 'Chariots of Fire' Self 2005-01-01
Movie The Fix Harry Catterick 1997-01-04
Series Bramwell Mr. Barclay 1995-05-01
Movie Dancin' Thru the Dark Manager 1990-03-02
Movie The Secret Life of Ian Fleming Reuters editor 1990-03-05
Movie United Kingdom Chief Constable James McBride 1981-12-08
Movie Blue Remembered Hills Willie 1979-01-30
Movie After Dark Himself 1979-10-19
Movie Watch That Space Self 1978-01-01
Movie Sweeney! Frank Chadwick 1977-01-14
Movie Machinegunner Bone 1976-04-01
Series The Sweeney Tober 1975-01-02
Movie A Passage to England Onslow 1975-12-09
Movie Leeds United! Unknown 1974-10-31
Movie Villain Tom Binney 1971-05-26
Movie Straw Dogs Reverend Barney Hood 1971-12-23
Movie Kes Mr. Farthing 1970-04-03
Movie Say Goodnight to Your Grandma Tony 1970-10-27
Movie Roll On Four O'Clock Lennie Brown 1970-12-19
Series Z-Cars 1962-01-02