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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
1Played "Henry VIII" in four separate productions, the most famous is the 1970 miniseries The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970).
2He has a son, Paul Michell, and a daughter, Helena Michell.
3Was considered for the role of "Captain Von Trapp" in The Sound of Music (1965).
4The 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 Town1970TV MovieGeorge Leybourne
The Executioner1970Adam Booth
The Six Wives of Henry VIII1970TV Mini-SeriesHenry VIII
BBC Play of the Month1968-1969TV SeriesSir Robert Chiltern Caliban
House of Cards1968Général Sébastien Henri René de Villemont / Dr Morillon
Prudence and the Pill1968Dr. Alan Huart
Thirty-Minute Theatre1968TV SeriesGeoffrey
Love Story1967TV SeriesBilly Hughes
ITV Play of the Week1959-1967TV SeriesMike Granville Prince Hector Gaston
Soldier in Love1967TV MovieJohn Churchill
Theatre 6251967TV SeriesKain
Robert and Elizabeth1965TV MovieRobert Browning
This Is It!1964TV Movie
Festival1964TV SeriesFrederic / Hugo
The Spread of the Eagle1963TV Mini-SeriesMark Antony
BBC Sunday-Night Play1962-1963TV Mini-SeriesGabriel Cordiner / Captain Ronald Dancy, D.S.O.
Seven Seas to Calais1962Malcolm Marsh
Wuthering Heights1962TV MovieHeathcliff
All Night Long1962Cass Michaels
Drama Into Opera: Oedipus Rex1961TV MovieOedipus (in play "Oedipus Rex")
The Hellfire Club1961Jason Caldwell
Dow Hour of Great Mysteries1960TV SeriesBaron Von Ragastein / Sir Edward Dominey
Armchair Theatre1960TV SeriesPaul de Lussac
The Gypsy and the Gentleman1958Sir Paul Deverill
Dangerous Exile1957Colonel St. Gerard
True as a Turtle1957Harry Bell
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1956TV SeriesCrown Prince Rudolf Prof. Henry Higgins
Act of Violence1956TV MovieThe Man
The Merry Wives of Windsor1955TV MovieMaster Ford
The Black Arrow1951TV SeriesEllis Duckworth
Love/Loss2010Joe
The Prince and the Pauper1996TV Mini-SeriesKing Henry VIII
Murder, She Wrote1988-1993TV SeriesDennis Stanton
The Deceivers1988Colonel Wilson
Captain James Cook1988TV Mini-SeriesCook
My Brother Tom1986TV Mini-SeriesEdward Quayle
The Miracle1985TV Movie
Memorial Day1983TV MovieMarsh
Ruddigore1982TV MovieRobin Oakapple Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd
The Gondoliers1982TV MovieDon Alhambra del Bolero
The Pirates of Penzance1982TV MovieMaj. Gen. Stanley
Grendel Grendel Grendel1981The Shaper (voice)
The Day Christ Died1980TV MoviePontius Pilate
The Tenth Month1979TV MovieMatthew Poole
Julius Caesar1979TV MovieMarc Antony
The Story of David1976TV MovieOlder David
Moments1974Peter Samuelson
Late Night Theatre1974TV SeriesRobert Browning
The Story of Jacob and Joseph1974TV MovieJacob
Henry VIII and His Six Wives1972King Henry VIII
Elizabeth R1971TV Mini-SeriesHenry VIII

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ruddigore1982TV Movie performer: "My Eyes Are Fully Open"
Top of the Pops1980TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches2016DocumentaryHimself
Nature2011TV Series documentaryGeorge Adamson
Top of the Pops 22002TV SeriesHimself
The Tales of Helpmann1990DocumentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Pirates of Penzance'1982Video documentary shortHimself
Night of One Hundred Stars1980TV MovieHimself
Top of the Pops1971-1980TV SeriesHimself
The 17th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1975TV SpecialHimself
Nana Mouskouri1973TV SeriesHimself
The Julie Andrews Hour1972TV SeriesHimself
BBC Show of the Week1972TV SeriesHimself
Film '721972TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1971-1972TV Series documentaryHimself
The Morecambe & Wise Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Stars on Sunday1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Presenting Keith Michell1971TV MovieHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Mantovani and His Concert Orchestra1970TV SeriesHimself
The Australian Londoners1965TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brontes at the BBC2016TV Movie documentaryHeathcliff
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 11999TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Story of English1986TV Mini-Series documentaryMarc Antony

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActorHenry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleThe Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
1971BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorThe Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic SeriesThe Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
1958BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsMost Promising Newcomer to FilmTrue as a Turtle (1957)


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