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Tuesday, 29 October 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO- BRITISH " RUDOLPH WALKER " OBE - IS A BRITISH CHARACTER ACTOR, BEST KNOWN FOR HIS ROLES ON TELEVISION - HE WAS THE FIRST BRITISH BLACK ACTOR TO APPEAR IN A MAJOR BRITISH TV SERIES : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Rudolph Walker, OBE born 28 September 1939 is a British character actor, best known for his roles on television. He was the first black actor to appear in a major British TV series, his breakthrough role as Bill in the sitcom Love Thy Neighbour leading to a long and varied acting career. He is currently best known as Patrick Trueman in the BBC One TV soap opera Eastenders.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Walker came to the United Kingdom at the age of 20 in 1960.
He appeared in the first episode of On the Buses, "The Early Shift", and the first episode of Mr. Bean as "The Examiner". Since 2001, he has played Patrick Trueman on EastEnders and in 2010 he appeared in the Internet spin-off series EastEnders: E20. He has also starred in a BBC1 sitcom called The Crouches, about a family from Walworth, in South East London. He played the grandfather for all seasons (2003–2005)
Although most of his work has been on television, he has appeared in several movies, including 10 Rillington Place, King Ralph (along with his Love Thy Neighbour co star, Jack Smethurst), 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 in 1974, and has played the titular character in stage productions of Shakespeare's Othello, directed by David Thacker and Charles Marowitz, and also Caliban in a production of The Tempest directed by Jonathan Miller. He was also Gower in Thacker's 1989 production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Walker was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2006 for his services to drama. A biography for children about him, written by Verna Wilkins, was published by Tamarind Books on 4 September 2008.
On Walker's 70th birthday, he launched a new foundation, The Rudolph Walker Foundation, whose aims include to helping to provide opportunities and incentives for disadvantaged youth starting out on an entertainment career. The Foundation administers Rudolph Walker's inter-School Drama Award (RWiSDA), competed for by schools across London. In addition, Rudolph Walker's Role Model Award (RWRMA) is presented to outstanding students who have contributed something special like demonstrating positive leadership, a good influence to their peers and others, and a role model within the school.