Monday, 16 November 2009
Wicker Man star Edward Woodward dies
Woodward did English neurosis better than most even though his best-known film role was the sexually repressed Scottish policeman, Sergeant Howie, in The Wicker Man (1973), starring opposite Christopher Lee and lusting guiltily after Britt Ekland.
You always felt there was a lot going on under the surface barely concealed by his trained tenor voice that was perfect for expressing strangulated non-expression. A RADA actor who carved out a respectable stage career, his stardom began with the 1960s TV detective series Callan. Among a string of film roles, he gave an acclaimed performance in the Australian movie Breaker Morant (1980), and in 2007 fan Simon Pegg cast him in Hot Fuzz.
He was a British actor who will be sorely missed.
All together now, "The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want ... Sweet Jesus, it's getting hot in here ..."
Read an original analysis of The Wicker Man at Madam Miaow Says by guest poster Babeuf.