Stratford Johns

Stratford Johns

76 (passed away Jan. 29th, 2002)
Sep. 22nd, 1925
Born in
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Stratford Johns' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
I, Claudius (UK) TV Show
I, Claudius (UK)
Neverwhere (UK) TV Show
Neverwhere (UK)
Murder Most Horrid (UK) TV Show
Murder Most Horrid (UK)
Return of the Saint (UK) TV Show
Return of the Saint (UK)
Jack the Ripper (UK) TV Show
Jack the Ripper (UK)
Softly Softly (UK) TV Show
Softly Softly (UK)
The Pinky and Perky Show TV Show
The Pinky and Perky Show
Z Cars (UK) TV Show
Z Cars (UK)
Barlow at Large (UK) TV Show
Barlow at Large (UK)
Whodunnit? TV Show
Jackanory (UK) TV Show
Jackanory (UK)
International Detective (UK) TV Show
International Detective (UK)
Noel's Telly Years (UK) TV Show
Noel's Telly Years (UK)
The Days of Vengeance (UK) TV Show
The Days of Vengeance (UK)
Top Secret (UK) TV Show
Top Secret (UK)
Union Castle (UK) TV Show
Union Castle (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Alan Edgar Stratford Johns, known as Stratford Johns, was a South African-born British stage, film and television actor who is best remembered for his starring role as Detective Inspector Charlie Barlow in the innovative and long-running BBC police series Z-Cars.
He began to appear in British films from the mid-1950s, including a bit part in The Ladykillers (1955). He was a member of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre.
In 1962 he won the part of Barlow in Z-Cars and soon became one of the most familiar and popular faces on British television. During the long run (1962–1965) of Z-Cars, he transferred his character to the spin-off series, Softly, Softly (1966–1969), and later Softly, Softly: Taskforce (1969–1972).
In the 1970s he starred in a third spin-off series, Barlow at Large (1971,1973), which saw the character transferred to British Intelligence: it was later retitled simply Barlow (1974–1975).
Johns appeared as President of the Council Bradshaw in the 1970 award-winning film Cromwell with Richard Harris in the role of Cromwell and Sir Alec Guinness as King Charles I.
He portrayed the apartheid-supporting Namib mine superintendent Mr. Zimmerman in two episodes of the 1985 mini-series Master of the Game.
Johns later appeared in the much-maligned Ken Russell films Salome's Last Dance and The Lair of the White Worm (both 1988), followed by the title-character in the mid-1980s Channel 4 series Brond.
His many stage credits include Daddy Warbucks in the original West End run of Annie and the Ghost of Christmas Present in the original Birmingham cast of the stage adaptation of the film musical Scrooge (1970). His guest appearances on TV include The Avengers, Department S, Neverwhere, the Doctor Who serial Four to Doomsday (1982) and the Blake's 7 episode "Games". He had a prominent role as Calpurnius Piso in the BBC's acclaimed adaptation of Robert Graves' I, Claudius (1976); he played Magwitch in the BBC's 1981 adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations, and the jailer in The Secret Life of Albie Sachs. In 1993, Johns appeared in the BBC period drama Scarlet and Black alongside a young Ewan McGregor and Rachel Weisz.

  • He was offered for the role of Ratcliffe (played by George Sewell) in Doctor Who Remembrance Of The Daleks.

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