Peter Madden


Character actor who made a handful of memorable appearances in Hammer films, and was a familiar face in British film and TV throughout the 1950s and '60s.

His last Hammer role was fleeting, barely seen as a coach driver in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973). He had more screen time as the timid innkeeper, Bruno, in The Kiss of the Vampire (1962, pictured left with Vera Cook) and as the stern Police Chief trying to keep the Baron at bay in Frankenstein Created Woman (1967, pictured right).

Non-Hammer film roles included The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1964, produced by Hammer's rival, Amicus) and Dr Zhivago (1965). On TV he was seen in Danger Man, Z Cars, The Avengers and The Champions, and also played Conan Doyle's Inspector Lestrade opposite Peter Cushing's Sherlock Holmes in the 1968 BBC series.





David L Rattigan 2005





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