Rudolph Walker CBE is a British national treasure.
He was one of the first black actors seen regularly on British television.
His earliest television role was in 1965 as a policeman in The Wednesday Play.
Walker appeared in the first episode of On the Buses.
He is known for his comedic roles in Love Thy Neighbour, The Thin Blue Line, which starred Rowan Atkinson, and Ali G Indahouse.
Walker also appeared in Doctor Who, the 1969 serial The War Games, and the first episode of Mr Bean. Other notable roles include barrister Larry Scott in the BBC series Black Silk.
Since 2001, Walker has played Patrick Trueman in the BBC television soap opera EastEnders. In 2010 he appeared in the Internet spin-off series EastEnders: E20. He also starred in a BBC sitcom called The Crouches.
Whilst much of his work has been on television, Walker has appeared in several movies, including 10 Rillington Place, King Ralph, and Let Him Have It.
On the stage, he appeared in the first production of Mustapha Matura's Play Mas at the Royal Court Theatre and has played in stage productions of Shakespeare's Othello and The Tempest directed by Jonathan Miller.
Walker lent his voice to the British children's television series Teletubbies.
He was appointed Officer of the British Empire (OBE) Order in the 2006 Birthday Honours for services to drama.
In 2018, Walker was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards.
In 2021, he was awarded the honour of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama and charity. His investiture, the first major investiture ceremony since Covid-19 began, was held at St James’ Palace and hosted by the Prince of Wales.
In this highly entertaining episode of Thought and Leaders, Walker talks to Jonathan Gabay about his life, career, and exceptional work for young adults at the Rudolph Walker Foundation.
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