Alfred Lynch

Alfred Cornelius Lynch (26 January 1931 – 16 December 2003) was an English actor on stage, film and television.[1]

Alfred Lynch
Actor Alfred Lynch.jpg
Autographed still from The Password Is Courage (1962)
Born(1931-01-26)26 January 1931
Died16 December 2003(2003-12-16) (aged 72)
Years active1959–2000
Partner(s)James Culliford

Early lifeEdit

Lynch was born in Whitechapel, London, the son of a plumber. After attending a Catholic school, he worked in a drawing office as a draughtsman before entering national service. Then, whilst working in a factory, he attended theatre acting evening classes, at which he met his life partner, James Culliford.[2]


In 1958 he joined the Royal Court Theatre and acted in a number of plays, including original productions of Chicken Soup with Barley and The Kitchen by Arnold Wesker. Lynch also starred in Joan Littlewood’s production of Brendan Behan’s The Hostage in London and New York, in which critic Kenneth Tynan praised his "beautiful playing".


After 1960 his career moved more into film and television, for example appearing with Sean Connery in the 1961 film On the Fiddle and the 1965 film The Hill. He had a sizable role in the 1963 film 55 Days at Peking and a starring role in West 11. He also appeared in the 1968 adaptation of The Sea Gull, and the 1990 film The Krays. Some of his later television credits include reading children's stories on Jackanory, the title role in the now-lost TV series Hereward the Wake, Manhunt, Going Straight, Pie in the Sky and the Doctor Who serial The Curse of Fenric as Commander Millington.[3]


After Culliford's stroke in 1972, Lynch moved from London to Brighton until his death in 2002. Lynch died from cancer in 2003.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1959 Look Back in Anger 2nd Commercial Traveller
1961 On the Fiddle Horace Pope
1962 Two and Two Make Six Thomas 'Tom' Ernest Bennett
1962 The Password Is Courage Corporal Bill Pope
1963 55 Days at Peking Gerald Uncredited
1963 West 11 Joe Beckett
1965 The Hill George Stevens
1967 The Taming of the Shrew Tranio
1968 Something Like Love
1968 The Sea Gull Medvedenko
1973 The Blockhouse Larshen Uncredited
1977 Joseph Andrews Postilion
1981 Loophole Harry
1990 The Krays Charlie Kray
1991 Until the End of the World Old Man Alfred
1994 Second Best Edward
1995 Pie in the Sky Bill Pritchard


  1. ^ "Alfred Lynch". BFI. Archived from the original on 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2014-09-10.
  2. ^ Page, Anthony (8 January 2004). "Obituary: Alfred Lynch". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Alfred Lynch". The Independent. 14 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Obituary: Alfred Lynch". the Guardian.

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