Philip Latham
Charles Philip Latham

(1929-01-17)17 January 1929
Died20 June 2020(2020-06-20) (aged 91)
Years active1955–1990

Charles Philip Latham (17 January 1929 – 20 June 2020)[3][4][5][6] was a British actor. He was best known for playing Willy Izard in The Troubleshooters (1965-1972) and Plantagenet Palliser in The Pallisers (1974).

Early life

Latham was born 17 January 1929 in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.[7] He had an identical twin, William, and older brother, Arthur.[7]

He was educated at Felsted School[8] After graduated from Felsted, he completed hi National Service in the Royal Artillery[7] and then graudated from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1951.[9]


In the late 1960s/early 1970s he was well known to British TV viewers for his portrayal of chief accountant Willy Izard, the "conscience" to hard-nosed oil company industrialist Brian Stead (played by Geoffrey Keen) in the BBC series The Troubleshooters (1965–72).[10] Other credits Jesus of Nazareth (1956), Paul of Tarsus, Danger Man (1960–1962), Maigret, The Treasure Seekers, The Avengers, Love Story, Undermind, UFO, The Saint, Sergeant Cork, Justice, The Cedar Tree, Killers, Hammer House of Horror, The Professionals, No. 10, and Nanny.[2]

One of his horror film roles was as Dracula's sinister servant Klove in Hammer's 1966 film Dracula, Prince of Darkness,[11] and he had previously worked for Hammer in The Devil-Ship Pirates and The Secret of Blood Island (both 1964).[12] His other film roles included appearances in Ring of Spies (1964), Spy Story (1976) and Force 10 from Navarone (1978).[2] On television he played the joint-lead role of Plantagenet Palliser (opposite Susan Hampshire) in the 26-part BBC series The Pallisers.[13] He also played Lord President Borusa in the 1983 20th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, The Five Doctors.[14][15]


Year Title Role Notes
1955 The Dam Busters Flight Sergeant Uncredited
1959 Left Right and Centre Reporter Uncredited
1959 Emergency Ward 10 RSO Barnett 10 episodes
The Moonstone Dr. Ezra Jennings Episode: Episode 1.6
The Army Game Major Price Episode: The Bisley Court Martial
The Flying Doctor Lou Vernon Episode: Death in the Clouds
Dial 999 Dave Saunders Episode: Robbery with Violence
1960 The Adventures of Robin Hood Father Ignatius Episode: A Bushel of Apples
Danger Man Frank Delroy Episode: View from the Villa
Paul of Tarsus Luke, the story-teller 10 episodes
The Four Just Men Valio Episode: The Man with the Golden Touch
1962 Masters of Venus Doctor Wilson
The Andromeda Breakthrough Osborne's P.A. 2 Episodes
Locker Sixty-Nine Dr. Trent Edgar Wallace Mysteries
The Wild and the Willing Don Uncredited
Maigret James Episode: The Wedding Guest
Harpers West One Oliver Backhouse 14 episodes
1963-1966 The Avengers Professor Cartright/Carter 2 episodes
1963 Suspense George Boulter Episode: Deferred Terms
Richard the Lionheart Brian McFergus Episode: The Raiders
Moonstrike Major Kurt Koenig Episode: The Canary
The Scales of Justice Official Receiver Episode: The Invisible Asset
The Rivals Lawrence
1963-1964 The Saint Arthur Ellshaw/Long Harry Garrett 2 episodes
1964 Ring of Spies Captain Ray
The Devil-Ship Pirates Miller
The Human Jungle Cooper Episode: Success Machine
The Plane Makers Eric Styles Episode: A Lesson for Corbett
Thursday Theatre Philip Mortimer Episode: Murder Mistaken
1965 R3 Colonel Gold Episode: The Critical Moment
Z Cars Martin Episode: Brotherly Love
Public Eye Alec Maxwell Episode: They Go Off in the End, Like Fruit
Dr. Finlay's Casebook Robert Lennox Episode: Soon or Late
The Secret of Blood Island Captain Drake
Story Parade John Coppard Episode: The Campaign
Front Page Story Gerald McPherson Episode: Stateless
Undermind Edmonds Episode: Puppets of Evil
No Hiding Place Michael Thompson Episode: Danger: Wrong Turning
1965-72 The Troubleshooters Willy Izzard 110 episodes
1966 Dracula: Prince of Darkness Klove
1968 Middlemarch The Rev. Mr Casaubon 5 episodes
1970 The Last Grenade Adams Uncredited
1974 The Pallisers Plantagenet 26 episodes
1976 Spy Story Ferdy Foxwell
1976-78 The Cedar Tree Arthur Bourne 75 episodes
1978 Force 10 from Navarone Commander Jensen
1981 From a Far Country Chaplain
1983 Number 10 Charles Arbuthnot Miniseries
Doctor Who Borusa Episode: The Five Doctors
1984 Jackanory Playhouse King Episode: Rolf the Stonemason


  1. ^ Registered in the Rochford District of Essex according to the GRO Index
  2. ^ a b c "Philip Latham". Archived from the original on 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Philip Latham..." Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Philip Latham (1929- 2020)". 10 July 2020.
  5. ^ Telegraph Deaths Announcements: LATHAM, Charles Philip
  6. ^ Obituaries, Telegraph (9 September 2020). "Philip Latham, actor who played the dry aristocrat Plantagenet in the BBC's the Pallisers – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  7. ^ a b c "Stage, television and film actor dies" (PDF). The Old Felstedian. December 2020. p. 25. Retrieved 19 January 2024.
  8. ^ "Theatre/Music/Art/Broadcasting - Felsted School". Archived from the original on 6 July 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  9. ^ "STUDENT & GRADUATE PROFILES: Philip Latham" Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  10. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Mogul/Troubleshooters, The (1965-72)".
  11. ^ "Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) - Terence Fisher - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie".
  12. ^ "Philip Latham - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie".
  13. ^ O'Donovan, Gerard (5 May 2014). "Why can't we make drama like The Pallisers anymore?".
  14. ^ "Philip Latham".
  15. ^ "Philip Latham".