Kasterborous is sad to relate the passing of distinguished character actor Graham Crowden, who died on aged 87 on October 19th. Crowden was best known to Doctor Who fans for his appearance opposite Tom Baker in theÂ unforgettable 1979 serial The Horns of Nimon.
With a long career stage and screen career, Crowden first appeared on TV in 1956 as Mr Gulpidge in the BBC adaptation of David Copperfield, and would go on to appear in many such dramas over the years. His popularity and professionalism were such that he was reportedly offered the lead role in Doctor Who, something he refused in order to concentrate on the variety of parts his position as a jobbing actor opened to him.
As Soldeed, Crowden played a survivor of the fallen Skonnan empire in The Horns of Nimon, which co-starred Lalla Ward as Romana.
Crowden, who was born in Edinburgh on November 30th, 1922, was also well known for his roles in BBC comedies, such as Dr. Jock McCannon in A Very Peculiar Practice (with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison) and alongside Stephanie Cole Waiting for God as Tom Ballard.
Graham Crowden is survived by four children and his wife of 56 years.