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Name  Thomas Baptiste

Role  Actor
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Movies  The Ipcress File, Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Dogs of War, Shaft in Africa, Divorce His - Divorce H
Similar People  Aubrey Richards, Guy Doleman, Sidney J Furie, Michael Schultz, John Irvin

Thomas Baptiste (born 1936) is a Guyanese-born British actor and opera singer.



Baptiste moved to Britain in the late 1940s, where he joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. He has performed in several films, as well as having stage and television credits. In 1960 he played Riley in the first professional production of Harold Pinter's The Room and in a production directed by Pinter himself who had wanted to cast Baptiste in the role. It was an episode of ITV's Television Playhouse in October 1961. In 1963 Baptiste was the first Black actor to appear in Coronation Street.

In the 1960s, he co-founded an advisory committee of the British Actors' Equity Association, to represent black actors in Britain. In an interview which appeared in 1992, Baptiste said that he thought black actors were having even more difficulty beginning their careers than he had done forty years earlier.


  • Nude with Violin (as Obadiah Lewellyn)
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (as George)
  • Pygmalion (as Alfred Doolittle)
  • Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? 1978 Birmingham Rep (as Paul Robeson)
  • Film

  • Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
  • The Ipcress File (1965)
  • Jemima & Johnny (1966)
  • Two Gentlemen Sharing (1969)
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
  • Divorce His, Divorce Hers (1973)
  • Black Snake (1973)
  • Shaft in Africa (1973)
  • Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1973)
  • Honeybaby, Honeybaby (1974)
  • The Wild Geese (1978)
  • The Music Machine (1979)
  • The Dogs of War (1980)
  • Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981)
  • Ama (1991)
  • Television

  • Nightfall at Kriekville (1961)
  • Coronation Street (1963)
  • Fable (The Wednesday Play, 1965)
  • Pal (1971)
  • Empire Road (1978-9)
  • Yes Minister (1980)
  • Minder (high drains pilferer)(1984)
  • King (1984)
  • Drums Along Balmoral Drive (1986)
  • EastEnders (1990)
  • Love Hurts (1992)
  • References

    Thomas Baptiste Wikipedia