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The Biography of Timothy Dalton.


 

Introduction to the Biography of Timothy Dalton.

Jane Eyre

I have had many e-mails from people asking for a biography of Timothy, so I did some research and I have written this one for you. However, if you do see something that you think is not correct please let me know. This biography was first put up on the 11th April 2000 and will be kept updated. The above picture is Timothy and Zelah Clarke in a scene from Jane Eyre.


The Biography of Timothy Dalton.

Timothy Dalton is a classically trained Shakespearean actor who has forged a successful career in film, theater and television. He has often stepped into the roles that other actors have played most notably in Wuthering Heights (1970) where he followed Sir Laurence Oliver, then after Roger Moore as James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989) and for taking on the also famous role of Rhett Butler in the mini-series Scarlett (1994) following Clark Gable. Timothy has always said that he likes the risk of taking on challenges.

Timothy was born on March 21st 1946 in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, where his father was stationed during World War 2. He is 6'2" tall with green eyes and is the oldest of five children. Although Timothy was born in Wales he has always said that he is a mixture of Italian, Irish and English. In he late 1940's when Timothy was about four his father moved the Dalton family just south of Manchester to an upper class neighborhood in Belper Derbyshire.

How Timothy Discovered Acting.

At school Timothy joined the Dramatic Society, and there he played Sergius in Shaw's Arms and the Man. After graduating, he joined the local community theater where he played the title role in Billy Liar, both of Timothy's grandfathers were vaudevillians and Timothy's grandmother played English music halls with a promising young fellow by the name of Charlie Chaplain, so that could perhaps explain why Timothy was interested in acting from an early age. When Timothy was sixteen he saw the Old Vic Production of Macbeth and after seeing that Timothy decided on an acting career. In 1964 he was invited to join the National Youth Theater in the UK and that summer he made his debut in a small role in Shakespeare's Coriolanus at London's Queens Theater, he is quoted as saying about it that "It was a first step, I was in London, face to face with Shakespeare, so to speak, in my first professional setting at a West End Theater." Timothy enjoyed that experience so much that he decided against going to University and instead headed for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, but he was not happy there and he said that "After two years I learned nothing."

Timothy's Acting Career in the 1960's.

In 1966 he appeared at the Royal Court Theater to play his first lead in the National Youth Theater's production of Little Malcolm And His Struggle Against The Eunuchs. Timothy later returned to the Royal Court Theater to star as Arthur in A Game Called Arthur and after that he got a contract with the Birmingham Repertory Theater, Timothy also turned professional at this time.

In 1967 Timothy got a role in the fourteen part television series Sat'day while Sunday he played Peter in this production. Sat'day While Sunday, showed a view of young people's lives in the north of England. The production took about ten weeks to shoot and was done every weekend, some of it was done in Manchester and some of this series was shot in London at Thames Television Studio's. Here are the Episodes that Timothy was in:-

  • Sat'day While Sunday
  • ABC TV (UK)
  • 14X? (b/w)
  • Each story in two episodes
  • Home is Like No Place which aired October 1967
  • The Bosses Son which aired October 1967
  • Nobody Going Anywhere which aired October 1967
  • Once in a Year In a Season which aired October 1967
  • I Love Me - Who Do You Love which aired October 1967
  • Seminar on Communications which aired November 1967
  • Two Smilin' Faces which aired November 1967
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    Timothy in The Lion in Winter as King Phillip II of France with Peter O'Toole.

    At this time Timothy was also doubling from the Birmingham Repertory Theater. This same year he made an auspicious motion picture debut in the Oscar winning The Lion in Winter in which Timothy played King Philip of France opposite Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn and in fact it was Peter O'Toole that recommended Timothy for this role. After that Timothy returned to Birmingham to play lead roles in several plays, one of those being Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan After that Timothy appeared in several BBC production's at this time the first of which being The Three Princes which aired on December 26th 1968.

    Also in 1968 Timothy was approached to play the part of James Bond for the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service and the following extract is from an interview with Timothy in the book 'The Incredible World of 007' by Lee Pfeiffer and Philip Lisa. "There was a time when Sean Connery gave up the role. I guess I, alongside quite a few other actors, was approached about the possibility of playing the part. That was for On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I was very flattered, but I think anybody would have been off their head to have taken over from Connery. I was also too young, Bond should be a man in his mid-thirties, at least - a mature adult who has been around. I was not approached for 'Live and Let Die', but there was a time in the late 1970s, when Roger may not have done another one, for whatever reason. They were looking around then, and I went to see Mr. Broccoli in Los Angeles. At that time, they didn't have a script finished and also, the way the Bond movies had gone - although they were fun and entertaining - weren't my idea of Bond movies. They had become a completely different entity. I know Roger, and think he does a fantastic job, but they were different kinds of movies. Roger is one of the only people in the world who can be fun in the midst of all that gadgetry. But in truth my favorite Bond movies were always 'Dr. No', 'From Russia With Love', and 'Goldfinger.'

    In 1969 Timothy was in the UK Granada Television Series called Judge Dee which was a period crime drama series, and focused on the cases of master detective Judge Dee in Seventh Century China. A reference to this series in the UK 'Radio Times' back in 1969 said:-

    "Thanks to the resolutely British casting - Michael Goodliffe as the judge for example - this short lived drama series was unintentionally hilarious".

    Here is some more information, and the Episode Guide for Judge Dee, with the date that each one aired:-

  • Judge Dee
  • Granada TV (UK)
  • 5X50m (colour)
  • Judge Dee was played by Michael Goodliffe
  • Tao was played by Garfield Morgan
  • Writer was John Wiles
  • Based on the Novels of Robert Van Gulik
  • Music for the series was by Derek Hilton
  • Producer was Howard Baker
  • Episode Guide for Judge Dee:-
  • Traitors in High Places which aired on 8th April 1969
  • A Place of Great Evil which aired on 15th April 1969
  • The Haunted Pavilion which aired on 22nd April 1969
  • A Festival of Death which aired on 29th April 1969
  • The Case of the Lacquer Screen which aired on 13th May 1969
  • Timothy's Acting Career in the 1970's.

    In 1970 Timothy was in the BBC production of Five Finger Exercise which aired on December 24th 1970.

  • Play Of The Month
  • BBC1
  • Five Finger Exercise - 24th December 1970
  • Then he was offered his second historical film Cromwell and also in 1970 Timothy played Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. Around this time he also appeared in his first modern film of Giochi Paticolari aka La Voyeur where he played Mark. Timothy was dubbed entirely in Italian for it. In 1971 he was in the BBC Production of Candida which aired on February 21st 1971:-

  • Play Of The Month
  • BBC1
  • Candida - 21st February 1971
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    Here is Timothy as Lord Darnley in Mary Queen of Scots along with his co-star Vanessa Redgrave who played Mary.

    That same year Timothy was also in the stage production of Royal Hunt Of The Sun. After that Timothy starred in Mary Queen Of Scots with Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson. His portrayal of Lord Henry Darnley won Timothy a British Film Award nomination. Also in 1971 Timothy went to Hawaii to be in Macbeth where he played Macbeth.

    In 1972 Timothy was contracted to play a part in Robert Bolt's film Lady Caroline Lamb he was to play the role of William Lamb, however, at the last moment he was replaced. Timothy sued the company and won, but the film went on without him with Jon Finch taking over Timothy's role as William Lamb. Timothy was now developing a pattern in his films which would follow him throughout his career, that of costume drama's and playing royalty.

    During the early to mid 70's Timothy decided to turn down every single film offer and spend the next three years in the theater full time, as he decided to further hone his skills "I did not want to have a short flamboyant career in films" he said, then added "There was very little chance to practice in films, but the Theater is open to the full stretch of your personality and imagination. It paid dividends because I got some of the best reviews of my life, and came out a much more experienced and mature actor - and person too, hopefully." Timothy during this time signed on with the Prospect Theater Company and toured Australia and London in the following productions:-

    • King Lear in which Timothy was cast as Edgar.
    • Loves Labour's Lost in which Timothy was cast as Berowne.
    • Henry V in which Timothy was cast as King Henry.
    • Romeo & Juliet in which Timothy was cast as Romeo.

    In March 1973 Timothy was with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-Upon-Avon where he was once more in Romeo & Juliet he again played Romeo. In 1974 he was again with the Prospect Theater Company in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. Timothy was cast as Prince Hal in this production. Around this time Timothy also starred in the original production at the Shaw Theater in London of Peter Terson's The Samaritan and in Peter Shaffer's London revival of Black Comedy and White Liars for which Timothy played in the Albert Finney role. Timothy also co-starred at the Greenwich Theater in the rival of Noel Coward's The Vortex with Vivien Merchant. Timothy has also been in the production of The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet.

    In 1975 Timothy felt ready to return to the cinema and he appeared in the UK/Austria production of Permission to Kill (he played Charles Lord) This was followed by the Spanish religious historical film El Hombre Que Supo Amar which was made in 1976, and premiered in 1978 but was never widely released.

    In 1978 Timothy made his first American film in Hollywood with a leading role in Sextette opposite Mae West where he played Sir Michael Barrington Also in 1978 Timothy made the lengthy Centennial where he played Oliver Seccombe, this was Timothy's first American television appearance. At this point Timothy began spending more time in the US and he began to get more film and TV work including in 1979 an appearance in Charlie's Angels in an episode called Fallen Angel which is episode 78 and first aired on October 24th 1979. Also in 1979 Timothy was in the TV movie The Flame Is Love where he played the part of Marquis and he had a supporting part in Agatha in which Timothy played Col Archibald Christie with Vanessa Redgrave.

    Timothy's Acting Career in the 1980's.

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    Timothy as Prince Barin in Flash Gordon.

    Then it was back to London in 1980 for a part in Flash Gordon where Timothy played the part of Prince Barin. Timothy followed this with the small film of Chanel Solitaire and Timothy was cast as Boy Capel in this production, and it was based on the true story of fashion queen Coco Chanel. In 1981 he filmed a stage version of Antony & Cleopatra opposite Lynn Redgrave. In 1983 he starred as Edward Rochester in the BBC Production of Jane Eyre which he considers one of his best works, and which has brought him many, many fans worldwide over the years. Timothy himself said about Jane Eyre in an interview with Kathy McGowan in the UK that "I am very proud of Jane Eyre because I think that was, I don't know, well it is a bit arrogant to say so. It was really good." Also at this time Roger Moore was talking about leaving the James Bond role and once again Timothy was approached by Mr Broccoli to do it but because of Timothy's full schedule he had to decline, and in the event Roger stayed in the Bond role. In 1984 Timothy did one of his many narrations in the Faerie Tale Theater production of The Emperor's New Clothes and the same year saw him in the Hallmark Hall of Fame piece The Master Of Ballantrae playing Col Francis Burke opposite Michael York this was a TV Movie. Timothy followed this with another mini-series Mistral's Daughter where he played Perry Kilkullen. After this still in 1984 he was a guest on the UK fishing series Hooked International where he got to do one of his favorite things, fishing in Ireland.

    Another very busy year for Timothy was 1985 he began by starring in the mini-series Sins where he played Joan Collins brother. He then starred in and narrated the 4 hour TV movie Florence Nightingale where he played Richard Milnes opposite Jacklyn Smith. Timothy also starred in the title role of the film Dr and The Devils as Dr Thomas Rock, this is a true story set in Victorian London.

    In the mid-late 80's, Timothy did many narrations of nature documentaries, most notably several episodes of the UK series called Survival Factor which is called Wildlife Chronicles in the US and is still shown on the Discovery Channel. In 1986 Timothy and Vanessa Redgrave appeared at the Theater Royal Haymarket in two productions Antony & Cleopatra where Timothy played Antony and The Taming of The Shrew where his interpretation of Petruchio received uniformed high praise. Timothy also co-produced both of these productions.

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    The above 007 Picture © Copyright Danjaq LLC.

    At the same time the world was wondering who would replace Roger Moore as James Bond. Timothy was again approached with the part, but this time he was committed to the theater in London appearing in the above mentioned productions and to starring in the film Brenda Starr which was to be shot in Puerto Rico, with Brooke Shields, so in the end Pierce Brosnan was offered the part, but he was unable to get out of his 'Remington Steele' contract and at the 11th hour Timothy was again approached. Mr Broccoli told Timothy that he was prepared to wait the six weeks until Timothy became available. At first Timothy did not want to be tested for the part of Bond, he thought that his track record as an actor was sufficient, in the end Michael Wilson explained to him that "Look, nobody doubts your talents. But we have to see you as Bond, just to get an idea of what we're dealing with, what we have on camera." Timothy was reluctant, but finally agreed and he was tested on a couple of scenes from On Her Majesty's Secret Service as a lover and as a killer and all his years of training and experience showed, and Timothy became James Bond. Timothy made The Living Daylights in 1987 which did reasonably well at the box office and is thought to be one of the best Bond films ever. Talking about Timothy and The Living Daylights John Glen the Director of The Living Daylights said "I like to think that each actor that we've had playing Bond brings his own personality to the part. When we talked to Timothy we agreed that we would change the style to suit Timothy's particular talents." Paul Weston who was Stunt Supervisor on that film then said "We had four minutes to make Timothy the new Bond, umm, we discussed it and decided that we could tie him onto the jeep and he would be as safe as houses. I knew he was strong enough to hold on but did he have the courage to hold on, on the bends and things like that. He goes down that mountain, not wired on just hand holds, and he did very well. I mean, it took tremendous courage. All the stunts that he did on that movie, well he did the action."

    Timothy then went an appeared in the Robert Ellis Miller film Hawks in 1988, which is another one of Timothy's favorite projects. He also teamed up with Vanessa Redgrave again for a revival of Eugine O'Neill's seldom performed play A Touch of the Poet at the Young Vic in London, which Timothy co-produced and where Timothy played Cornelius Melody. In 1989 Timothy made his second Bond film Licence to Kill. Paul Western who was also the Stunt Supervisor on Licence to Kill said "There was times where I would put him in a position, I would wire him off to a certain extent, but then he would go that bit further. Like on Licence to Kill on the back of the plane, that he came down on, from the helicopter, but it took tremendous courage to touch the back of the plane and mess around with it. He would push it a bit further, he would give the camera more but give me a heart attack at the same time. I would be saying Timothy please slow down, go back, don't go so far, but he was giving everything he could for the movie and for Bond."

    Timothy's Acting Career in the 1990's.

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    Here is Timothy as King Vittorio Amadeo in The Kings Whore.

    In 1990 Timothy returned to a costume drama playing royalty in Putain du roi, La otherwise known as The Kings Whore aka Kings Mistress. Talking about this project Timothy said "There's passion, there's brutality, emotional brutality, as well as physical brutality, jealousy, hatred, destruction, corruption, and yet it seems to be very much like ordinary life. You know, in a, the idea of a man of power, wanting a woman who doesn't love him, or doesn't want him, but using, abusing his power to get her, and finally achieving that, but....what has he got? A woman who hates him." This was followed by his excellent casting and performance in Disney's The Rocketeer in 1991. In August 1991 he teamed up with friend Whoppi Goldberg for the first bi-racial interpretation of the play Love Letters for the final performances of the play in Los Angeles and it was sold out. When Timothy signed on to do Bond it was for three Bond films, but unfortunately the entire rights to the Bond films became tangled up in litigation. Timothy's contract to EON officially expired in 1990, but he stayed loyal to the commitment of a third film, and EON stayed loyal to him. During this wait, Timothy kept himself busy of course, In 1992 Timothy was set to star in the title role of another historical piece Christopher Columbus, The Discovery. At the same time it was announced that Gerard Depardieu was also making a movie about Christopher Columbus, called 1492, and that the two movies would be in competition with each other, but when the director on Timothy's Christopher Columbus, The Discovery was replaced, Timothy backed out to as did his co-star Issabella Rossellini and Georges Corraface went on to star in the project. In 1992 Timothy starred in the A & E Production of Framed which was BAFTA nominated and which won a bronze medal in the 1993 New York Film Festival. Also in 1993 Timothy traveled to northern Alaska and then to Minnesota to make a documentary on one of his favorite subjects Wolves and In the Company of Wolves won a silver medal at the 1994 New York Film Festival. That same year Timothy was supposed to appear as Sherlock Holmes in a 1993 film entitled Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula. Dracula was to have been played by Christopher Walken, but for some reason the film never went into production.

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    Timothy as Rhett Butler in Scarlett.

    In 1994 Timothy had a part in Naked in New York. With the litigation over the Bond series now ended, there was again talk of Timothy doing a third Bond film, Timothy was still loyal to it and so was EON, but while the screenplay got underway, Timothy did other projects and 1993 - 94 were busy television years for Timothy. He made Lie Down With Lions and then he took on the role of playing Rhett Butler in Scarlett in 1994, in between all of that he managed to fit in a guest appearance on Tales from the Crypt in an episode called Werewolf Concerto. In April 1994 while shooting the 8 hour mini-series Scarlett in Charleston, Timothy officially resigned the role of James Bond. Some reports said that Timothy was not happy with the direction of the scripts and other reports have said that he was being pressured by the studio to vacate the role, but this was never supported by Danjag Inc. Timothy said in a press release at the time that "Even though the (producers) have always made it clear to me that they want me to resume my role in their next James Bond feature, I have now made this difficult decision. As an actor, I believe it is now time to leave that wonderful image behind and accept the challenge of new one's." When Timothy was interviewed on Tom Snyder's programme he added that "He had been Bond to the world for 8 years and that it was time to move on or he would be wearing the mantle for the rest of his life." After a couple of months of negotiations, the Bond role went to Pierce Brosnan.

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    Here is Timothy as Father Bowdern in Possessed with his co-star Jonathan Malen who played Robbie Mannheim.

    In September 1994 Timothy did two readings of Peter and the Wolf at the Hollywood Bowl and he played to full capacity crowds. In November 1994 Scarlett premiered over 4 nights, it was a ratings success not only in the US but throughout the world, breaking many records in many countries throughout Europe. Once again, as always after a major work, he withdrew quietly and without fanfare to search for his next project. In the Summer of 1995 he went to Canada to shoot the family film Salt Water Moose, this film was made by Canada's Norstar Entertainment and it was sold to Robert Halmi to be the first video release in his new line of Hallmark family films and it premiered on Showtime in June 1996. During the Spring of 1996 he made the IRA Drama The Informant in Ireland. This project was going to originally be called Johnny Loves Susie a romantic title and went under that name while the project was being filmed in Northern Ireland, so that no one would know there what the project being filmed was really about, and Showtime premiered The Informant in March 1998. In May 1996 Timothy went to Prague to shoot The Reef otherwise known as Passions Way which is based on Edith Wharton's novel The Reef, this has been shown throughout Europe and was premiered on CBS as their Movie of the Week on the 25th July 1999. On February 7th 1997 Timothy's film Beautician and the Beast opened in the US he starred in it with Fran Drescher.

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    Lynn Redgrave and Timothy as they appeared in Star Crossed Lovers.

    On January 28th 1998 Timothy went to Chicago to record Star Crossed Lovers with Lynn Redgrave this has Timothy and Lynn Redgrave reading selected verses to the wonderful sound of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Star Crossed Lovers premiered on Sunday February 14th 1998 on PBS and was also shown on WTTW in Chicago on Friday, March 5, 1998. Also in 1998 Timothy provided his voice for the project written by Mikhail Baryshnikov in the Stories From My Childhood series, this one was titled The Prince, The Swan, and the Czar Saltan, and was produced by Films by Jove. Then in the middle of 1998 Timothy went to Utah to film Made Men which was the first film that Joel Silver and Richard Donner made together with their then new company Decade Pictures. Made Men was shown in 1999 on HBO in the States and has been seen in the UK too. After Timothy completed filming Made Men in November 1998 he traveled to Morocco to play Caesar in the Robert Halmi, Hallmark Entertainment production of Cleopatra which was completed at Shepperton Studios just outside London in January 1999. This production is based on the novel The Memoirs of Cleopatra which is written by Margaret George and is a four hour mini-series which was shown on the ABC in May 1999. This production is said to be the most expensive TV movie ever made with a budget of $30 million. Talking about Cleopatra, Timothy said "Driving in my chariot from one end of this huge city to the other lingers in my mind" he was describing his imperious Caesar descending on Alexandria "They built the heart and essence of a city which we have never seen. It's tremendously exciting." Then in October 1999 Timothy did a production for Showtime called Possessed about a Jesuit Priest Father William Bowdern played by Timothy who performs an exorcism on a fourteen year old boy in 1947. This is a documentary/drama that shows the events leading up to, and including the exorcism on fourteen year old Robbie. This project is directed by Steven E. de Souza who also co-wrote the screenplay. Possessed aired on Sunday, October 22nd 2000, at 8pm on Showtime, as the Movie Premiere of the Week.

    Timothy's Acting Career From 2000 Onwards.

    In January 2000 Timothy starred in a project called Bitter Suite aka Time Share which is a romantic comedy, and Time Share aired on the Fox Family Channel on Sunday 18th June 2000 as the Movie Premiere of the Week. It also aired again on the 20th June 2000 and the 24th June 2000. Time Share is a wonderful romantic comedy, which is about two families who find they have rented the same house for the Summer on Balboa Island. Timothy starred as a renowned American chef called Matt Farragher in this production. On July 7th 2000 I was told that Timothy was going to be in the movie American Outlaws playing the part of Allan Pinkerton. This was a Theatrical release, and was filmed in Palestine Texas. Production began on the 17th July 2000, and opened in Theaters in the States on the 17th August 2001, it has since been shown Theatrically in the UK and Germany also.

    Then in August 2002, Timothy started shooting the role of Damian Drake, in the Warner Bros. Motion Picture Looney Tunes: Back In Action where Timothy plays a missing explorer in search of the legendary Blue Diamond. This production is part animation and part live action and is scheduled to open in Theaters in the States on the 14th November 2003, and in the UK on February 13th 2004.

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    This is Timothy on stage at the National Theatre in London as Lord Asriel in His Dark Materials. With him is his daemon called Stelmaria. © Copyright Ivan Kyncl.

    In September 2003 Timothy, agreed to be in the Production His Dark Materials, which is based on the novels by Philip Pullman adapted by Nicholas Wright. Which is to be on stage at The Olivier (National Theater) London, from December 2003. His Dark Materials takes us on a thrilling journey through worlds familiar and unknown. For Lyra and Will, its two central characters, it's a coming of age and a transforming spiritual experience. Their great quest demands a savage struggle against the most dangerous of enemies. They encounter fantastical creatures in parallel worlds - rebellious angels, child-catching Gobblers and the armoured bears and witch-clans of the Arctic. Finally, before reaching, perhaps, the republic of heaven, they must visit the land of the dead.

    It's an epic production both in its narrative scope and its staging, involving artists from new technologies as well as old. Nicholas Wright adapts Philip Pullman's three cult novels into two big plays for a cast of more than 30. His Dark Materials is one of the National's most ambitious projects, and aims to create an experience as meaningful for 12 year olds as for adults. Running time for Part One of His Dark Materials was 3 hours and 10 minutes, and for Part Two it was 3 hours approx.

    Timothy played Lord Asriel in this production. Which opened at The Olivier (National Theater) London, and had Previews from December 4th 2003, then His Dark Materials had it's World Premiere on January 3rd, 2004, and it ran until March 27th, 2004. His Dark Materials was meant to close on March 20th, but the National Theater added an extra week to accommodate those disappointed by the cancellation of the early previews, which were due to technical difficulties. However, Timothy could not appear during the extended week due to prior commitments.

    During his time in London in 2003, Timothy also narrated a documentary about Dunkirk, which was shown in one hour programmes over three nights on BBC 2 in the UK, from February 18th to February 20th, 2004, at 9pm. The BBC 2 documentary Dunkirk concentrated on what happened at Dunkirk in May and June 1940, which must rank as one of the greatest maritime evacuations in history. Told from the perspective of the decision makers and the soldiers, sailors and civilians caught up in the events of those desperate days, the factual drama followed the race against time to save the Allied armies trapped in France. As British and French troops were forced into a shrinking pocket by the relentless onslaught of the German army, the Royal and Merchant navies, helped by a fleet of small civilian craft, launched a momentous effort to rescue them - and miraculously managed to save more than 338,000 men in just ten days.

    BBC 2's Dunkirk told the story of those momentous days. The stories were the result of an exhaustive research project which unearthed previously untold personal accounts of what happened. All the characters portrayed were real, and all the events were taken from those first-hand accounts.

    Then at the Cannes Film Festival from May 11th - 23rd, 2004 The Plays of William Shakespeare was part of the Cannes Market and Antony and Cleopatra from 1981, which starred Timothy as Antony, along with Lynn Redgrave, and John Carradine, was part of the show-case. The Plays of William Shakespeare was directed by Arthur Seidelman.

    On May 25th, 2004 Timothy hosted a tribute for John Barry's 70th birthday at Carnegie Hall in New York. The evening was in two parts, firstly a question and answer session with John Barry and Timothy which lasted about an hour, this was followed by the concert of John Barry's score The Lion In Winter, which was played along with scenes from that movie. Timothy introduced this part of evening, where he paid a moving tribute to John Barry. Later the score from 'Ivan The Terrible' was played along with scenes from that movie also. The evening was a great success.

    Then in July 2004 we were told the wonderful news that Timothy had signed to be in the Robert Halmi, Hallmark Entertainment production of Hercules. Timothy is playing the part of Amphitryon, in this project, who was Hercules' stepfather. Hercules is a television mini-series, which was three hours in length, and premiered in May 2005 on NBC in the States.

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    Timothy as Clive Trevelyan in the Miss Marple Mystery titled The Sittaford Mystery. Picture above © Copyright Jeremy Clulow.

    In January 2006, Timothy was busy filming his role as Clive Trevelyan in the Miss Marple Mystery titled The Sittaford Mystery, which was Episode 8. This is a television movie. In this project Timothy's character of Clive Trevelyan is the owner of a mansion on the moors, which is a guest house where Miss Marple goes to stay. Clive Trevelyan is also an eminent politician tipped to be the next Prime Minister. This Miss Marple Mystery was co-produced by Granada and Agatha Christie Ltd (A Chorion Company) and WGBH in Boston USA and aired on ITV1 in the UK in the Spring of 2006 and will air in the States on July 23rd 2006 on PBS.

    In 2007 Timothy narrated a couple of animated films by a young Russian producer/director about Beethoven and Vivaldi both of these films are aimed at Children. Timothy also narrated a Audio Book called Christine Falls by author Benjamin Black which was released in the States on March 6th. This audio book is 9 hours and 33 minutes long and can be purchased at:

    Amazon.com - Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

    The Chicago Sun Times gave Timothy a wonderful review for Christine Falls and here it is:

    Praise for Christine Falls

    "This is one of those rare occurrences when actor/narrator and prose suit each other so perfectly that the CD's cost seems a small price to pay for the value of the performance." - Chicago Sun Times.

    After working on Miss Marple - The Sittaford Mystery Timothy signed to be in a Motion Picture for Working Title Films called Hot Fuzz. This movie is an action comedy about a London cop who is seconded to deepest, darkest Somerset, the film is from an original screenplay by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. This film had its theatrical release on February 16th 2007 in the UK and was a huge success going to Number One in the UK Box Office Charts. On March 15th 2007 Hot Fuzz was released in Australia and there is was a big success also getting to Number Two in the Box Office Charts and on April 20th Hot Fuzz was released in the States there it opened to 825 playdates and came into the US Box Office charts at Number 6 which I think is quite an achievement. Hot Fuzz has also taken in $48 million overseas - most of that from $41 million in the U.K. and another $4.5 million in Australia. Those figures are taken from Variety.

    In March 2007 Timothy celebrated his 40th anniversary of turning professional as an actor. This occurred at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in the UK back in 1967 and his first project there on becoming a professional actor was on March 15th 1967 when he starred in William Shakespeare's Richard II.

    At the end of July 2007 the Japanese Animated Motion Picture called Tales From Earthsea was released in UK Cinemas. Timothy did the voice over for a character called Sparrowhawk who was a magician and mentor. The story picks up as the mythical land of Earthsea finds its balance being threatened by a mystery power that causes dragons to fight each other and humans to face exceptional hardship.

    Stepping into the fray is young hero Arran (voiced in the dubbed version by Matt Levin) who, with the help of magician and mentor Sparrowhawk (Timothy Dalton) and a magical sword, sets about attempting to restore order by preventing wicked sorcerer Cob (Willem Dafoe) from opening the gate between the living and the dead.

    The task is made more complicated, however, by the inner turmoil surrounding Arran who has much to learn from his spiritual master.

    As with any Studio Ghibli production, Tales From Earthsea doesn't do things by half measures and spends a great deal of time exploring the mystical nature of the story, as well as the difference between good and evil and the fine line between life and death. Tales from Earthsea is now available on DVD. Certificate: PG and the Running time is 115 mins

    In March 2008 the sequel to the Audio Book called Christine Falls by author Benjamin Black was released and is called The Silver Swan and we were thrilled to learn that Timothy has narrated this one as well.

    If you would like to purchase The Silver Swan or find out further information about it you will find this information on the following websites:

    Amazon.com The Silver Swan

    Macmillan Audio

    BBC Audio Books America

    In the links from Macmillan Audio and BBC America you can listen to a sample audio clip.

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    Timothy as seen in Unknown Sender (ep 1) "If You're Seeing This Tape..." Picture above © Copyright Steven de Souza and Timothy Dalton.

    In July 2008 Timothy joined the cast with Joanne Whalley for a ground breaking New Media project he starred in a anthology show exclusively for the Internet called Unknown Sender this project was written by Steven de Souza and premiered on the StrikeTV website which is run by CEO Peter Hyoguchi. In April 2009 I was thrilled to be told by Steven de Souza that Unknown Sender had won a Webby Award, which are the Oscars on the Internet for:

    Best Individual Performance Unknown Sender (ep 1 )"If You're Seeing This Tape..." - Timothy Dalton and Steven de Souza.

    The series itself also Official Honoree for Best Drama Series, and also for Best Writing in a Drama Series for Steven de Souza who is Executive Producer Unknown Sender.

    If you would like to see Unknown Sender for the first time, or see it again, then please click on Strike TV Unknown Sender below:

    Strike TV Unknown Sender

    Or if you would like to see it via Youtube then please click on Youtube Unknown Sender below:

    Youtube Unknown Sender

    Unknown Sender is an on going project for Steven and Timothy.

    Timothy's Current Projects 2009 - 2014.

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    The above picture is Timothy with his President of the Time Lord robes on standing next to David Tennant and John Simm. © Copyright io9.com

    In May 2009 Timothy went to Cardiff UK to film his scenes in a Dr Who Special called The End Of Time, that marks the end of David Tennant playing Dr Who, and Timothy's character name is The Narrator but he also played the President of the Time Lords physically on screen, both Part One and Part Two and was shown on the BBC at Christmas time in the UK and on BBC America at the same time.

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    The above is Timothy's Toy Story 3 hedgehog Mr Pricklepants. © Copyright Disney and Pixar 2009 - 2010.

    During the Summer months of 2009 in the US and Europe Timothy went and provided his voice for a hedgehog called Mr Pricklepants in Toy Story 3. This is a Motion Picture and was released in Theaters in the States on June 18 2010, and in Australia on July 1. It will be released in Theatres in London on July 19, Germany on July 29 along with Portugal, and in Estonia on July 30.

    Also Timothy has narrated another of Benjamin Black's books, the third one Timothy has narrated in the series, and this one is called Elegy for April and it will be released on April 13th 2010 and here is the website link to Amazon.com for it:

    Timothy Amazon.com

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    Tinker Bell.

    Also in 2009 Timothy voiced the character of Lord Milori in Tinker Bell Secret of the Wings which will be released on Blu-Ray 3D on October 23, 2012. This project is produced by DisneyToon Studios.

    Here is the synopsis for Tinker Bell Secret of the Wings: For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place. Secret of the Wings takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever.

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    Here is Timothy in Venice, Italy while filming The Tourist © Copyright Getty Images - March 2010.

    In March 2010, we were all excited because we were given some wonderful news that Timothy had just gone to Venice, Italy to film his scenes in The Tourist a Motion Picture which also stars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and is produced by GK Films and Canal +. This project was released on December 10, 2010 in the States and it got to Number Two in the box office listings. This film is a remake of the 2005 French thriller called 'Anthony Zimmer.' Here is the synopsis for it:

    A wanted international money launderer changes his face and voice, eluding the police and the mob. But both parties realize that Zimmer will go to any lengths to see his girlfriend, so Zimmer cooks up a scheme where his beloved sets up another man as him.

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    Timothy as Alexei Volkoff in Chuck.

    Picture of Timothy as Volkoff © Copyright NBC/Warner Bros. - February 2011. All Rights Reserved.

    In September 2010 Timothy agreed to be the guest-star in a multi-episode arc of Chuck, which is created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak and is a action-comedy-drama television show on NBC. Timothy plays Gregory Tuttle who is Chuck's mom (played by Linda Hamilton) bumbling MI6 handler but it was reveled he is also Alexei Volkoff a multi-layered psychopathic arms-dealer-slash-killer. Timothy made his first appearance in Season 4 Episode 7 which is called Chuck Versus The First Fight playing both this characters in the same episode. It was amazing to watch. Then he made his second appearance on November 28, Episode 10 which was called Chuck Versus The Leftovers. Timothy's third appearance aired on January 24th, 2011 and was called Chuck Versus The Gobbler and his fourth appearance was called Chuck Versus The Push Mix and aired on January 30th, 2011. Then we were really lucky because Timothy was in a fifth episode called Chuck Versus The Family Volkoff which aired on April 11, 2011.

    Also in April we had the fantastic news that Timothy had won an award from TV Guide Magazine for his Alexei Volkoff character in Chuck. This was so well deserved for the enjoyment that Timothy has given the viewing audience of Chuck and his own fans with bringing us all a character in Gregory Tuttle and then Volkoff with so many wonderful layers. :-) Many congratulations Timothy!

    Click on the link below to see Timothy accepting his TV Guide Magazine Award which features on Youtube:

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    Pictured above is Timothy reading the blessing at The John Barry Memorial Concert. Photograph credit © Copyright WireImage.

    On June 20, 2011 Timothy attended The John Barry Memorial Concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London where he read A Blessing by John O'Donoghue and then he attended the After Party which was held at The Royal College of Music.

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    Here the cast of Toy Story 3 are looking out of Bonnie's bedroom window after Barbie and Ken had gone outside in the snow. Photograph credit © Copyright Pixar.

    Toward the end of June 'Cars 2' Motion Picture was released and along with it the cute Toy Story 3 - Hawaiian Vacation which featured Timothy's Mr Pricklepantscharacter, as seen above.

    In 2011 Timothy was again Mr Pricklepants in another short Toy Story 3 film called Small Fry this was shown at theatres with 'The Muppets Movie' but when 'The Muppets Movie' came out on DVD and Blu-Ray in early 2012 unlike Hawaiian Vacation we found that Toy Story 3 - Small Fry was not added to the DVD as an extra which surprised many of us so if you would like to see a clip of it please go to the following link:

    On October 5 it was Global James Bond Day which celebrated 50 years since the first James Bond film 'Dr No' was released quite an achievement! Timothy gave some interviews to support his Bond films and the franchise and to contribute to the celebration for Bond fans.

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    Timothy attending the premiere of Tinker Bell - Secret of the Wings in New York.

    On October 20, 2012 there was a premiere for Tinker Bell - Secret of the Wings which was held at AMC Loew in New York City which, as pictured above, Timothy attended. Then this project was released theatrically before coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

    Toy Story

    Also in October 2012 it was announced that Disney/Pixar were working on some short Toy Story 3 films this time for television and we were thrilled to hear that Timothy again gave his voice to Mr Pricklepants! There will be two Toy Story 3 television specials the first Toy Story 3 special is Halloween themed and titled Toy Story of Terror! It will follow the toys on their road trip, when an unexpected event leads them to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. Toy Story of Terror! will be shown on October 16 2013 in the States on the ABC it will also be shown on Sky Movies on October 27 while the second Toy Story 3 television special is planned for Spring 2014 both will be about 22 minutes in length.

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    Timothy as Sir Malcolm Murray in Penny Dreadful.

    Penny Dreadful Timothy Poster above © Copyright Showtime Networks Inc. and Sky Atlantic 2014.

    On August 23, 2013 Timothy's TV Agent and Assistant at ICM Partners in LA confirmed to me the exciting news that Timothy is going to be in a new project for Showtime called Penny Dreadful it is written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan who wrote the script for 'Skyfall' along with 'Hugo,' 'The Aviator' and 'Gladiator,' and as you may know, John is now writing the script for the next James Bond film. Penny Dreadful is also executive produced by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes who directed 'Skyfall,' of course and will also direct the next Bond film. The first two episodes of Penny Dreadful will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona who is known for 'The Orphanage' and 'The Impossible.'

    This project is a psychosexual horror TV series where some of literature's most famously terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, as they become embroiled and grapple with their monstrous alienation in Victorian London. Timothy plays Sir Malcolm a hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest, and it is a recurring role, so we will see a lot of him in Penny Dreadful and he will be a central character.

    Penny Dreadful started filming on October 7 2013 in Dublin, Ireland and filming was completed in March 2014. Also in the cast are Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Billie Piper. Timothy gave a few interviews for it during shooting and afterwards. On May 2, 2014 Showtime decided to release the first episode of Penny Dreadful to various websites online for people in the States to see. On May 6, 2014 Showtime hosted a red carpet Premiere for Penny Dreadful in New York there was no Premiere in LA. Then the next day, May 7, Sky Atlantic hosted a red carpet Premiere in London, Timothy attended both. On May 11, Penny Dreadful aired in the States on Showtime.

    Then on June 4, 2014 we had the exciting news with Showtime announcing that they've renewed Penny Dreadful for a second season to air in 2015. It is now shooting, again in Dublin, with Timothy and all the cast.

    A Bit About Timothy.

    Timothy is extremely private about his personal life and loves but has a 15 year old son Alexander. His pastimes include fishing, reading, jazz, opera, antique fairs and auctions and of course, movies.

    Biography writer

    Deb Best © Copyright April 2000 - October 2014.
    Co-ordinator, The Timothy Dalton Chat Group.

    With a very special thank you to Jenny in LA. Also with special reference to the following:-

  • Timothy's Agents and their Assistants in Los Angeles and London.
  • Steven E. de Souza - Writer, Producer and Director.
  • Mr Cubby Broccoli's autobiography 'As The Snow Melts'
  • 'The Ultimate James Bond, An Interactive Dossier'
  • 'The 30 Years of James Bond ' Television Programme
  • 'The Incredible World of 007' by Lee Pfeiffer and Philip Lisa.
  • The Captain for all the credit lists for Sat'day While Sunday and Judge Dee plus details of Five Finger Exercise and Candida.
  • James Phillips from London for help with information on many of Timothy's projects, including Dunkirk.

  • Finally last but not least all the Timothy Dalton Chat Group Members for their much appreciated help.
  • This biography truly could not have been written without the help of all the above.