British television, stage and film actor James Hazeldine would have been 70 today.
Hazeldine was a prolific television actor, probably best known for his role as firefighter Mike “Bayleaf” Wilson in the LWT drama London’s Burning. He played the role from 1986 to 1996 and also directed some episodes.
Other major TV roles include that of journalist Tom Crane in the 1979 paranormal thriller series The Omega Factor. He also starred in the children’s series Chocky (1984) and its sequels Chocky’s Children (1985) and Chocky’s Challenge (1986), all scripted by one of The Omega Factor’s writers, Anthony Read. Hazeldine also appeared in Granada Television‘s production of “The Musgrave Ritual”, as part of ITV‘s The Return of Sherlock Holmes series, alongside Jeremy Brett, as well as the Miss Marple story “The Murder at the Vicarage” alongside Joan Hickson, Paul Eddington and Cheryl Campbell. Shortly before he died, Hazeldine played DI Stan Egerton in the ITV television drama Shipman (2002).
His film credits are less numerous. He made his screen debut as Stalin in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) and also appeared in The National Health (1973), The Medusa Touch (1978) and Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982).
At the time of his death, Hazeldine was appearing at the Cottesloe Theatre as Sigmund Freud in Christopher Hampton’s play “The Talking Cure”. He was taken ill on 10 December 2002, the day after having performed in a preview of the play. He died one week later of aortic dissection, caused by complications from a triple heart bypass he had received six months earlier. Following Hazeldine’s death, Trevor Nunn, director of the Royal National Theatre, described him as “a leading actor of minutely observed truthfulness, comic brio and emotional daring” who “was also a man of infectious enthusiasm, great warmth and humanity who was universally popular amongst his colleagues”.
English film, television, and theatre actress Cherie Lunghi is 65 today. Known for her roles in many British TV dramas, her international fame stems from her role as Guinevere in the 1981 film Excalibur. Her long list of screen, stage, and TV credits include football manageress Gabriella Benson in the 1990s television series The Manageress and a series of advertisements for Kenco coffee. She also competed in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing. She is the mother of the actress Nathalie Lunghi.
English presenter, entertainer, and magician Stephen Mulhern is 40 today.
Mulhern has presented the ITV2 spin-off series Britain’s Got More Talent since 2007 and has more recently presented ITV game shows including Catchphrase (2013–present) and Big Star’s Little Star (2013–present). He also co-hosts the Sunday breakfast programme on Heart Radio, alongside Emma Willis.