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Keith Michell

Biography

Known most effective for his starring function in the 1970 BBC series The 6 Wives of Henry VIII, this Australian-born stage and display screen actor also appeared simply because Heathcliff in the 1962 BBC version of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Levels. At the start of his profession being a theatrical professional and vocalist, he performed in the initial London creation of Guy of La Mancha and continued to co-star with June Bronhill within a 1964 musical entitled Robert And Elizabeth. In the middle 1970s, he offered as artistic movie director of Sussex, England’s Chichester Celebration Theatre. He grew up in Warnertown, South Australia. His relationship to Czechoslovakian-born celebrity Jeanette Sterke led to a son called Paul and an celebrity daughter called Helena. He made an appearance with Angela Lansbury in a number of episodes of the favorite American tv series Murder, She Wrote.

Quick Facts


Full Name Keith Michell
Date Of Birth December 1, 1926
Place Of Birth Australia
Height 1.88 m
Profession TV Actor
Nationality Australian
Spouse Jeanette Sterke
Children Helena Michell, Paul Michell
Awards British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Australian Film Institute Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series
Movies Henry VIII and His Six Wives, Seven Seas to Calais, The Deceivers, Dangerous Exile, All Night Long, Prudence and the Pill, The Story of Jacob and Joseph, The Story of David, The Hellfire Club, Grendel Grendel Grendel, The Executioner, The Gypsy and the Gentleman, The Tenth Month, The Day Christ Died, Wuthering Heights, Moments, Cross Creek, House of Cards, Memorial Day, King Kong vs. Godzilla, The Gondoliers, The First 400 Years, My Brother Tom, Soldier in Love
TV Shows The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Captain James Cook, My Brother Tom, The Story of David, The Prince and the Pauper
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1 Played "Henry VIII" in four separate productions, the most famous is the 1970 miniseries The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970).
2 He has a son, Paul Michell, and a daughter, Helena Michell.
3 Was considered for the role of "Captain Von Trapp" in The Sound of Music (1965).
4 The Keith Michell Theatre in Port Pirie, South Australia, was named after him, as he grew up in the area.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Wiltons' - The Handsomest Hall in Town 1970 TV Movie George Leybourne
The Executioner 1970 Adam Booth
The Six Wives of Henry VIII 1970 TV Mini-Series Henry VIII
BBC Play of the Month 1968-1969 TV Series Sir Robert Chiltern Caliban
House of Cards 1968 Général Sébastien Henri René de Villemont / Dr Morillon
Prudence and the Pill 1968 Dr. Alan Huart
Thirty-Minute Theatre 1968 TV Series Geoffrey
Love Story 1967 TV Series Billy Hughes
ITV Play of the Week 1959-1967 TV Series Mike Granville Prince Hector Gaston
Soldier in Love 1967 TV Movie John Churchill
Theatre 625 1967 TV Series Kain
Robert and Elizabeth 1965 TV Movie Robert Browning
This Is It! 1964 TV Movie
Festival 1964 TV Series Frederic / Hugo
The Spread of the Eagle 1963 TV Mini-Series Mark Antony
BBC Sunday-Night Play 1962-1963 TV Mini-Series Gabriel Cordiner / Captain Ronald Dancy, D.S.O.
Seven Seas to Calais 1962 Malcolm Marsh
Wuthering Heights 1962 TV Movie Heathcliff
All Night Long 1962 Cass Michaels
Drama Into Opera: Oedipus Rex 1961 TV Movie Oedipus (in play "Oedipus Rex")
The Hellfire Club 1961 Jason Caldwell
Dow Hour of Great Mysteries 1960 TV Series Baron Von Ragastein / Sir Edward Dominey
Armchair Theatre 1960 TV Series Paul de Lussac
The Gypsy and the Gentleman 1958 Sir Paul Deverill
Dangerous Exile 1957 Colonel St. Gerard
True as a Turtle 1957 Harry Bell
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1956 TV Series Crown Prince Rudolf Prof. Henry Higgins
Act of Violence 1956 TV Movie The Man
The Merry Wives of Windsor 1955 TV Movie Master Ford
The Black Arrow 1951 TV Series Ellis Duckworth
Love/Loss 2010 Joe
The Prince and the Pauper 1996 TV Mini-Series King Henry VIII
Murder, She Wrote 1988-1993 TV Series Dennis Stanton
The Deceivers 1988 Colonel Wilson
Captain James Cook 1988 TV Mini-Series Cook
My Brother Tom 1986 TV Mini-Series Edward Quayle
The Miracle 1985 TV Movie
Memorial Day 1983 TV Movie Marsh
Ruddigore 1982 TV Movie Robin Oakapple Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd
The Gondoliers 1982 TV Movie Don Alhambra del Bolero
The Pirates of Penzance 1982 TV Movie Maj. Gen. Stanley
Grendel Grendel Grendel 1981 The Shaper (voice)
The Day Christ Died 1980 TV Movie Pontius Pilate
The Tenth Month 1979 TV Movie Matthew Poole
Julius Caesar 1979 TV Movie Marc Antony
The Story of David 1976 TV Movie Older David
Moments 1974 Peter Samuelson
Late Night Theatre 1974 TV Series Robert Browning
The Story of Jacob and Joseph 1974 TV Movie Jacob
Henry VIII and His Six Wives 1972 King Henry VIII
Elizabeth R 1971 TV Mini-Series Henry VIII

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ruddigore 1982 TV Movie performer: "My Eyes Are Fully Open"
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches 2016 Documentary Himself
Nature 2011 TV Series documentary George Adamson
Top of the Pops 2 2002 TV Series Himself
The Tales of Helpmann 1990 Documentary Himself
The Making of 'The Pirates of Penzance' 1982 Video documentary short Himself
Night of One Hundred Stars 1980 TV Movie Himself
Top of the Pops 1971-1980 TV Series Himself
The 17th Annual TV Week Logie Awards 1975 TV Special Himself
Nana Mouskouri 1973 TV Series Himself
The Julie Andrews Hour 1972 TV Series Himself
BBC Show of the Week 1972 TV Series Himself
Film '72 1972 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1971-1972 TV Series documentary Himself
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Stars on Sunday 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Presenting Keith Michell 1971 TV Movie Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Mantovani and His Concert Orchestra 1970 TV Series Himself
The Australian Londoners 1965 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1965 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brontes at the BBC 2016 TV Movie documentary Heathcliff
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Story of English 1986 TV Mini-Series documentary Marc Antony

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974 Evening Standard British Film Award Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actor Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
1971 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
1958 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Most Promising Newcomer to Film True as a Turtle (1957)


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