Charles Kay (born Charles Piff, 31 August 1930) is an English actor. [1]


1 Early life 2 Royal Shakespeare Company 3 Film and television 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Kay was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, the son of Frances (née Petty) and Charles Beckingham Piff.[2] Originally educated at Warwick School, Kay went on to study medicine, then decided to train for the stage. He went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and in 1957, after graduation, joined the Radio Drama Company by winning the Carlton Hobbs Bursary.[3] He went on to join the English Stage Company
English Stage Company
at the Royal Court Theatre. He created the roles of Jimmy in Arnold Wesker's Roots (1959) and Charles V in John Osborne's Luther (1961). He was also in Wesker's The Kitchen, The Changeling (1961), and Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
(1962). Royal Shakespeare Company[edit] He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
in 1963 and appeared in Stratford and at the Aldwych, London. He remained until 1966, during which time he played a wide variety of roles, including Octavius Caesar in Julius Caesar, Clarence in The Wars of The Roses, Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice, Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors, Osric in the David Warner Hamlet, Dobchinsky in The Government Inspector and Moloch in Robert Bolt's The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew. He then joined the National Theatre where he played Celia in the all-male production of As You Like It
As You Like It
(1967) and appeared in Peter Nichols's The National Health (1969). Film and television[edit] In film, his highest profile role was as Count Orsini-Rosenberg in the Academy Award
Academy Award
winning Amadeus. He also appeared in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, and the 2002 version of The Importance of Being Earnest. His numerous appearances on television include Fall of Eagles
Fall of Eagles
where he played Tsar Nicholas II, I, Claudius, The Devils Crown, To Serve Them All My Days, By the Sword Divided, Fortunes of War, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Citadel, Edge of Darkness, The Darling Buds of May, Jonathan Creek, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Holby City, Midsomer Murders and The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes story "The Creeping Man". In 2002, he guest starred in the Doctor Who
Doctor Who
audio drama Excelis Rising. References[edit]

^ ^ Charles Kay Biography (1930-) ^ Carlton Hobbs Bursary winners at, accessed 23 January 2018

External links[edit]

Charles Kay on IMDb

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 42045829 ISNI: 0000 0001 2053 1245 BNF: cb1407