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Shane Briant
Born(1946-08-17)17 August 1946
London, England
Died26 May 2021(2021-05-26) (aged 74)
SpouseWendy Lycett

Shane Briant (17 August 1946 – 26 May 2021)[1] was an English actor and novelist. Briant studied law at Trinity College Dublin but became a professional actor playing the lead in Hamlet at the Eblana Theatre, Dublin. Briant is best known for his roles in four Hammer Films productions; Demons of the Mind, Straight on Till Morning, Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter, and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell. He also resided in Sydney, Australia with his wife Wendy (née Lycett).

Stage and screen

Briant was nominated for the 'Best Newcomer' award by the London theatre critics when he played one of the leads in Children of the Wolf, with Sheelagh Cullen and Yvonne Mitchell at London's Apollo Theatre. Put under contract at Elstree Film Studios in late 1973, Briant starred in four films for Hammer; Straight On till Morning, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter and Demons of the Mind. He also appeared in television series such as Van der Valk, The Sweeney, and Jack Gold's The Naked Civil Servant with John Hurt. During this time Briant appeared in many BBC drama series and Plays of the Month, most notably Warris Hussein's Notorious Woman opposite Rosemary Harris, George Chakiris, and Jeremy Irons. In 1973, in Hollywood, he played the title role in Glenn Jordan's The Picture of Dorian Gray a two part Movie of the Week for America's ABC network. Other later film and television credits include John Huston's The Mackintosh Man with Paul Newman; guest starring in Jeffrey Bloom's Veronica Clare; playing Jack Palance's son in the film Hawk the Slayer; starring in David Wolper's Murder is Easy with Olivia de Havilland; and Just Jaekin's Lady Chatterley's Lover. According to Filmink, "he specialised in beautiful, androgynous, tormented young men."[2]

Since the early 1980s, much of Briant's acting work has been in Australian and New Zealand films and television. He has starred in 14 films in Australia and New Zealand, including Simon Wincer's The Lighthorsemen, Shaker Run, Chamelian 3, Grievous Bodily Harm, Run Chrissie Run! and Cassandra. His TV credits include: Anzacs, The Flying Doctors, Bodysurfer, Darlings of the Gods, The Man from Snowy River, Wildside, Mission: Impossible, Murder Call, the European co-production Mission Top Secret, All Saints, False Witness, and the American sci-fi series Farscape and Time Trax. Briant portrayed the governor of Bombay in Roland Joffé's epic drama Singularity.[3][4]

Writing and art

Briant had seven novels published in Australia and one in the United States. In Australia, The Webber Agenda (1994), The Chasen Catalyst (1995), Hitkids (1999), Bite of the Lotus (2001) and Graphic (2005) Worst Nightmares and The Dreamhealer, and in the United States Worst Nightmares. His American released novel, Worst Nightmares was published in hardback by Vanguard Press in 2009; a mass market edition was published in 2010. Shane finished the sequel on 3 March 2011, The Dreamhealer. His latest novel, Live Feed, an indictment of the electronic media couched within the framework of a thriller, was released on and in July 2015. He had written an autobiography titled Always the Bad Guy which is only available online at Amazon.

The first short film he wrote, A Message from Fallujah won the "Best of the Fest" award at the 2005 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and was in the final mix of ten shorts for consideration for an Academy Award that year.

He had an exhibition of his art work at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney.


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Von Richthofen and Brown German Pilot
1972 Straight On till Morning Peter Clive
1972 Demons of the Mind Emil
1973 The Picture of Dorian Gray Dorian Gray TV movie
1973 The Mackintosh Man Cox
1974 Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter Paul Durward
1974 Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell Simon
1975 The Naked Civil Servant Norma TV movie
1980 Hawk the Slayer Drogo
1981 Lady Chatterley's Lover Sir Clifford Chatterley Film
1984 Run Chrissie Run! Terrier Film
1984 Constance Simon Malyon Film
1985 Shaker Run Paul Thoreau
1986 Comrades Lieutenant Mann Film
1987 Cassandra Stephen Film
1987 The Lighthorsemen Reichert Film
1987 Nancy Wake Gestapo Major TV miniseries
1988 Grievous Bodily Harm Stephen Enderby Film
1988 Barracuda TV movie
1989 Out of the Body Paul Mitz Film
1989 Outback Allenby Film
1991 Till There Was You Rex Film
1995 Tunnel Vision Inspector Bosey Film
2003 Subterano Cunningham
2003 Liquid Bridge Carl Sinclair
2008 The Children of Huang Shi Roger Appsley Feature film
2013 Serangoon Road Major Lawrence Miller TV series, 7 episodes
2013 The Lovers Governor Hornby Film
2015 Gallipoli Sir Frederick Stopford TV miniseries
2019 Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein Simon Helder


  1. ^ Shane Briant dead: Hammer Horror legend dies at 74 from 'long and terrible illness'
  2. ^ Vagg, Stephen (28 June 2020). "Ten random Australian connections with Hammer Films". Filmink.
  3. ^ "Bram Stoker Horror Film Festival - Shane Briant discusses his upcoming movie project Singularity directed by Roland Joffé". The Black Box Club. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Shane Briant - Watch for Singularity at Cannes". AM FM Magazine. Christine. 30 November 2011. Archived from the original on 22 January 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2011.