Christopher Malcolm

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Christopher Malcolm
Born(1946-08-19)19 August 1946
Aberdeen, Scotland
Died15 February 2014(2014-02-15) (aged 67)
London, England
OccupationActor, director and producer
Years active1968–2011
Spouse(s)Judy Malcolm
ChildrenMarlon Malcolm
Nell Malcolm
Morgan Malcolm

Christopher Malcolm (19 August 1946 – 15 February 2014) was a Scottish television and film actor, director and producer. He first achieved notoriety for his role as Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Early life and education[]

Malcolm was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and was brought up in Canada after his family emigrated to British Columbia in the late 1940s. He attended the University of British Columbia, where he worked and studied theatre.


After university, he returned to the UK and began his professional career with the Royal Shakespeare Company (1966–68). He appeared in at least ten productions and worked with directors including Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn and John Barton. Throughout the 1970s, he worked continuously in theatre and film, appearing in many Royal Court productions including the award-winning musical, The Rocky Horror Show creating the role of Brad Majors.[1] He appeared in films including The Empire Strikes Back (as Zev Senesca, the Rebel soldier who locates and rescues the stranded Luke Skywalker and Han Solo on planet Hoth), Reds, Ragtime, Superman III, Labyrinth, and Highlander.[2]

In 1978, Malcolm began his producing career with Pal Joey, which was successfully transferred to the West End in 1980 and was nominated for best Musical Revival in the Laurence Olivier Awards. He followed this success with the Best Comedy award in 1981 for Nell Dunn's Steaming, which went on to play for two years at the Comedy Theatre and around the world.[3][4] Other productions in London included Frankie and Johnny, When I Was A Young Girl I Used To Scream And Shout, as well as five Steven Berkoff plays, including , Greek and .[5] in 1983 he appeared in Only Fools and Horses as axe murderer Charles Winters. Malcolm also played the role of the café owner in The Comic Strip's 1984 film "A Fistfull of Traveller's Cheques".[6]

In 1990, Malcolm co-produced a new production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Piccadilly Theatre, in partnership with Howard Panter of the Ambassador Theatre Group.[7] This Olivier nominated production went on to huge success throughout the UK, enjoying 4 nationwide tours over the next 10 years as well as many productions throughout the world. He oversaw these productions on behalf of The Rocky Horror Company Ltd, a company formed by the producers and the play's author Richard O'Brien to look after this much loved musical.[8] The show finally reached Broadway in 2000 in a Tony Award-nominated production co-produced with at the Circle in the Square theatre.[9]

Other British productions throughout this time include The Pajama Game, Footloose the Musical, and the award-winning Single Spies written by Alan Bennett which had a very successful year at the Queen's Theatre. He co-produced the world premiere of Flashdance The Musical which premiered at the Plymouth Theatre Royal in 2008, toured the UK and presented at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2010. He had maintained his interest in acting as well, appearing on 11 episodes of Absolutely Fabulous as Saffy's father, Justin, and in the BBC2 film, Daphne as Nelson Doubleday.[10][11]

Personal life[]

Malcolm lived in London with his wife Judy, an actress. She survives him with their three children Nell, Morgan (a playwright and screenwriter) and Marlon and one grandson.[5]

His daughter reported his death from cancer, aged 67, on 15 February 2014, via Twitter.[12]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream Attendant
1969 The Desperados Gregg
1970 Figures in a Landscape Helicopter observer
1971 Welcome to the Club Pvt. Henry Hoe
1972 The Adventures of Barry McKenzie Sean [5]
1975 The Spiral Staircase Policeman
1977 The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It The Other CIA Man
1978 Force 10 from Navarone Rogers
1979 The Great Riviera Bank Robbery Serge [5]
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Zev Senesca (Rogue 2) [2]
The Dogs of War Baker
1981 Shock Treatment Vance Parker
Ragtime Police Captain No. 2 [7]
Reds C.L.P. Party member [5]
1983 Superman III 1st Miner [7]
1984 Lassiter Quaid
1985 King David Doeg
Rustlers' Rhapsody Jud
Spies Like Us Jumpmaster
1986 Highlander Kirk Matunas [2]
Labyrinth Father [2]
1987 Eat the Rich Steinbeck
1988 Whoops Apocalypse Gallagher


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1975 Thriller Hank 1 episode, "Won't Write Home Mom – I'm Dead"
1983 Only Fools and Horses Charles Winters, the Axe Murderer 1 episode, Friday the 14th
1984–1990 The Comic Strip Brother-in-law, Cafe Owner 2 episodes [13]
1992–2011 Absolutely Fabulous Justin 11 episodes (final appearance) [7]
1994 Lovejoy Texas Greenberg 1 episode [7]
2007 Daphne Nelson Doubleday Television movie [14]


  1. ^ "Obituary: Christopher Malcolm, actor and producer".
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c d "Christopher Malcolm, Rocky Horror's Brad, dies aged 67". BBC News. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Olivier Winners 1981". Olivier Awards.
  4. ^ "Christopher Malcolm – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB".
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e Michael Coveney (17 February 2014). "Christopher Malcolm obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Christopher Malcolm".
  7. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e Jenn Selby (18 February 2014). "Christopher Malcolm dead: Tributes flood in for late Star Wars and Rocky Horror Show actor, who died aged 67". The Independent. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  8. ^ "The Rocky Horror Company, Ltd. – Broadway Organization | IBDB".
  9. ^ "The Rocky Horror Show – Broadway Musical – 2000 Revival | IBDB".
  10. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2003) Credits".
  11. ^ "Daphne (2007)" – via
  12. ^ "Christopher Malcolm From The Empire Strikes Back & Labyrinth Dies Age 67". The Bearded Trio. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  13. ^ Mark Newbold (18 February 2014). "Christopher Malcolm dies aged 67: Remembering the Empire Strikes Back actor". Metro. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Daphne (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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