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Christopher Malcolm (born 19 August 1946) is a Scottishmarker television and film actor, director and producer. He first achieved fame for his role as Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.


Early life and education

Malcolm was born in Aberdeenmarker, Scotlandmarker and was raised in Canadamarker after his family emigrated to British Columbiamarker in the late 1940s. He attended the University of British Columbiamarker where he worked and studied theatre.


After university, he returned to the United Kingdommarker and began his professional career with the Royal Shakespeare Company (1966-68). He appeared in over 10 productions and worked with numerous directors including Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn and John Barton.

Throughout the 1970s he worked continuously in theatre and film, appearing in many Royal Court productions including the award winning and ground breaking musical The Rocky Horror Show creating the role of Brad Majors. He appeared in films like Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Reds, Ragtime and Highlander.

In 1978 Malcolm began his producing career with the musical Pal Joey, which successfully transferred to the West Endmarker in 1980 and was nominated for best Musical Revival in the Laurence Olivier Awards. He followed this success with the Best Comedy award in 1981 for Nell Dunn’s hit comedy Steaming, which went on to play 2 years at the Comedy Theatremarker and enjoy productions around the world. Other productions in London include Frankie and Johnny starring Julie Walters, as well as When I Was A Young Girl I Used To Scream And Shout and five Steven Berkoff plays including Decadence, Greek and Metamorphosis. Metamorphosis starred Tim Roth, and was also filmed for the BBC.

In 1990 Christopher co-produced a new production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Piccadilly Theatremarker, in partnership with Howard Panter of the Ambassador Theatre Group. This Olivier nominated production went on to huge success throughout the UK, enjoying 4 nationwide tours over the next 10 years as well as many productions throughout the world. Christopher oversaw these productions on behalf of The Rocky Horror Company Ltd. a company formed by the producers and the play's author Richard O’Brien to look after this much loved musical. The show finally reached Broadwaymarker in 2000 in a Tony Award nominated production co-produced with Jordan Roth Productions at the Circle in the Squaremarker Theatre.

Other British productions throughout this time include The Pajama Game, Footloose the Musical, A Slip of the Tongue starring John Malkovich at the Shaftesbury Theatremarker and the award winning Single Spies written by Alan Bennett which had a very successful year at the Queen's Theatremarker. Currently Malcolm is co-producing the world premiere of Flashdance The Musical which premiered at the Plymouth Theatre Royal and is touring the United Kingdom until May 2009. Other current tours include the first UK tour of Our House.

Christopher has maintained his interest in the acting side of the business, appearing in the huge TV success of the nineties Absolutely Fabulous as Saffy’s father Justin and recently was seen in the BBC2 film Daphne as Daphne du Maurier’s publisher Nelson Doubleday.

Personal life

Christopher currently lives in Bath, Somersetmarker with his partner Judy. They have 3 children Morgan 27, Marlon 24 and Nell 14.


Year Title Role Notes
1969 The Desperados Gregg
Strange Report Sloane One TV episode
1970 Figures in a Landscape Helicopter observer
1971 Welcome to the Club Pvt. Henry Hoe
1972 The Adventures of Barry McKenzie Sean
The Protectors Malloy One TV episode
1974 Disneyland Jock Three TV episodes
1975 Thriller Hank One TV episode
The Spiral Staircase Policeman
1976 Second Verdict Mullaly One TV episode
1977 Raffles Barney Maguire One TV episode
1978 Force 10 from Navarone Rogers
1979 The Great Riviera Bank Robbery Serge
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Zev (Rogue 2)
Oppenheimer Steve Nelson (mini) TV series
Play for Today Matt One TV episode
1981 The Dogs of War Baker
Ragtime Police captain #2
Reds C.L.P. Party Member
Shock Treatment Vance Parker (as Chris Malcolm)
1982 We'll Meet Again MSgt. Joe 'Mac' McGraw TV series (unknown episodes)
Beau Geste Hank (mini) TV series
1983 Only Fools and Horses Chief of security/Mad axeman One TV episode
1984 Lassiter Quaid
1984-1990 The Comic Strip Presents... Cafe Owner/Brother-in-law Two TV episodes
1985 King David Doeg
Rustlers' Rhapsody Jud
Spies Like Us Jumpmaster
1986 Highlander Kirk Matunas
Labyrinth Father
Whoops Apocalypse Gallagher
1987 The Moneymen Samson TV
Pulaski Tony One TV episode
1992-2003 Absolutely Fabulous Justin Ten TV episodes spanning between 1992 to 2003
1994 Lovejoy Texas Greenberg TV episode
1996 Over Here Murphy TV
2007 Daphne Nelson Doubleday TV

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