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Clive Francis, son of actors Raymond Francis and Margaret Towner, was born in Eastbournemarker on 26 June 1946.

His father played Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Lockhart in the 1960s series No Hiding Place and his mother still acts today - most recently she played Jira, Anakin Skywalker's friend, in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.


Clive Francis began his acting career at the age of 16 as a Penguin Player and has acted on stage, radio, television and to a lesser extent, in films.

He is also a noted caricaturist and has had several exhibitions. His caricatures have appeared on the covers for books written by actor Alec Guinness, for example and he's also had several books of caricatures published himself: There's Nothing Like A Dane (Hamlet), There's Nothing Like A Thane (Macbeth) and a book on John Gielgud.


Francis appeared as "Joe the Lodger" in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. He co-starred with Alan Arkin in Inspector Clouseau and co-starred in Girl Stroke Boy.


Francis starred in the series The 10%ers; The Piglet Files (which used his caricatures in the credits) and May to December. He has guest-starred in dozens of other programmes, including Yes, Prime Minister, in which he played Luke, who, the Prime Minister is told, is a spy for the Foreign Officemarker, whose policy is often in conflict with the PM's.

He also played Ross Poldark's cousin Francis Poldark in Poldark, the popular BBC series.

In addition Francis appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in Saturday, Sunday, Monday, a play which was part of the Laurence Olivier Presents series for Granada TV.

He followed his father into television's re-creation of Scotland Yard when he played Det. Sgt. Dexter in New Scotland Yard in 1974


His first West Endmarker appearence was in There's A Girl In My Soup opposite Donald Sinden. He regularly tours his one-man version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol produced in the UK by Marc Sinden Productions, as well as his anthology Merely Players with Sir Donald Sinden.


Clive is married to the actress Natalie Ogle and they have two children.Clive is the son of Raymond Francis.


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