Norman Rodway

Norman Rodway (7 February 1929 – 13 March 2001) was an Irish actor. Rodway was born in Dublin to English parents, Frank and Lillian (Moyles) Rodway. He studied classics, graduating at Trinity College. He worked as an accountant, teacher, and university lecturer before acting. He made his stage debut in May 1953 at the Cork Opera House. There, he portrayed General Mannion in The Seventh Step. He made his first appearance in London in 1959, as The Messenger in Cock-A-Doodle Dandy. In 1962, he portrayed the young James Joyce in Stephen D, based on Joyce's writings. Rodway joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966. His favorite theatrical parts included Bassov in Summerfolk, and the title roles in Butley and Richard III. Although he was primarily a stage actor, he also performed in radio, television, and film productions. With his expressive voice (described by Jack Adrian as "rich and dark and thumpingly Celtic" ), he made many radio broadcasts for the BBC. Major television roles included Cummings in Reilly, Ace of Spies, and Charles Brett in The Bretts. He also appeared in three of the PBS Mystery! series: Miss Marple, Rumpole of the Bailey, and Inspector Morse.


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