Monday, 16 November 2009


I was greatly saddened to learn that Edward Woodward passed away at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. Famous for his Sergeant Howie character in THE WICKER MAN, and for his starring roles in CALLAN and THE EQUALISER, Woodward was last seen onscreen in the BBC soap EASTENDERS where his character died in April.

He is survived by his second wife - the lovely Michelle Dotrice and four children.
We mourn the passing of a great actor who truly understood his craft.


  1. I am equally saddened, Steve. Besides his most excellent work in THE WICKER MAN and the U.S. TV series, The Equalizer, I shall always remember Edward Woodard's fondly for his Breaker Morant, his ghost of Christmas Present from the '84 A Christmas Carol (U.S.) TV movie (opposite George C. Scott), and his Tom Weaver in the recent Hot Fuzz. He was one of the most watchable of actors - I'd stop and view whatever I came across. Because of his loss, I'm finally getting off the line and finally ordering the first season in his Callan series. May he rest in peace.

  2. This is a sad news to be sure but at least he left behind so much great work for us to enjoy. I have fond memories of watching THE EQUALIZER in the 1980s, playing such a bad-ass on that show. And, of course, THE WICKER MAN. Wow, what a great performance in a great film.

  3. I was really sad to hear the news. It was The Equalizer airing when I was growing up that really got me first to notice him. Then I discovered The Wicker Man, etc. He will be sorely missed. R.I.P.

  4. Thanks, chaps, for your tributes and for citing examples of some of his best work.