This star has racked up almost five decades in TV and is one of black Britain’s best-known actors. And if the declaration (below) is anything to go by, this talent is obviously a dab hand in the kitchen too!
Born in the Caribbean, the aspiring actor came to Britain at the age of 20 and went on to land roles in a host of TV shows. His talent was recongnised in 2006 when he was awarded and OBE for his services to drama.
It is of course Rudolph Walker who celebrates his 75th birthday today.
Famed for his roles in TV shows including Love Thy Neighbour (below) and The Thin Blue Line, he is currently best known for his role as Patrick Trueman in the BBC soap EastEnders; a role he has portrayed for 13 years.
Hailing from Trinidad, Walker is credited as the first black actor to appear in a major British TV series when he landed the role of Bill Reynolds in the ITV sitcom Love Thy Neighbour. And even with almost 50 years of acting success under his belt, the star insists he has no plans for retirement, having recently said of his EastEnders role:
“I enjoy coming into work tremendously. As long as I get challenging storylines I’ll be here as long as they want me.”
One of Britain’s most revered actors, here’s wishing Rudolph Walker a very happy birthday.