55 (passed away Dec. 17th, 2002)
Apr. 4th, 1947
Salford, Lancashire, England, UK
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British stage, screen and television actor. Best known as firefighter Mike "Bayleaf" Wilson in the hit LWT drama "London's Burning" (1988), a role he played continuously for seven years from the serial's inception in 1988. (The character's sobriquet stemmed from a culinary bent for complex recipes). In a career spanning three decades, he also guested in such series as 'Boon' and 'Miss Marple', and, in the late 1980s, played the manager of the electrics company in Central's early-evening situation comedy, "Young, Gifted and Broke" (1989). In 1995, James Hazeldine's character was written out of London's Burning of the actor's own volition, but he remained with the programme as a director. In years to come, he expanded his directing talents to encompass other UK drama serials, among them TV's "The Knock" (1994) and "Heartbeat" (1992). His acting CV also included sporadic film appearances, such as Pink Floyd The Wall (1982). Although renowned as a television performer, he was also a respected stage actor, having trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company and, at one time, acted on Broadway alongside Glenda Jackson. He was rehearsing for his role as Sigmund Freud in a new stage play, 'The Talking Cure', when he became ill. In 2002 he appeared in the controversial drama, Shipman, which re-enacted events surrounding the murderous killing spree of Dr Harold Shipman, Britain's most prolific serial killer. Hazeldine assumed the role of Detective Inspector Stan Egerton, the man charged with leading the investigation into the deranged doctor's crimes. Determined that the dramatization should be as authentic as possible, Hazeldine even met with the retired policeman to ensure a realistic portrayal of the diligent law enforcer. Ironically, while the Shipman drama was in production, the real-life Mr. Egerton died suddenly and prematurely of a coronary disorder. James Hazeldine died on 18 December 2002, aged 55.
- Father of 'Sam Hazeldine' (qv)
- Uncle of 'Robyn Moore (II)' (qv).
- His cousin is the father of actress 'Angela Hazeldine' (qv).
- Brother-in-law of 'Stephen Moore (I)' (qv).
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