♦ English actor
Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, the son of actor Lockwood West, he started as an assistant stage manager at Wimbledon Theatre (1956) and went on to appear in many West End and Royal Shakespeare Company productions, as well as playing King Lear at the Edinburgh Festival (1971). His many television roles include Mortimer in Edward II (1970), the title role in Edward the Seventh (1975), Bounderby in Hard Times (1977), Wolsey in Henry VIII (1979), Winston Churchill in Churchill and the Generals (1979) and The Last Bastion (1984), Bradley Hardacre in Brass (1983, 1990), Derek Blore in Blore, MP (1989), Lord Reith in Reith to the Nation (1993) and Sir Leicester Dedlock in Bleak House (2005). Later stage appearances include Falstaff in the English Touring Company's production of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts I and II (1996-97) - in which his son Samuel West played Prince Hal - and the title role in the same company's King Lear (2003). Timothy and Samuel West both appeared as Maurice in the film Iris (2001). He is married to Prunella Scales. He was awarded the CBE in 1994.