Kevin Whately

Active - 1982 - 2012  |   Born - Feb 6, 1951 in Humshaugh, Northumberland, England  |   Genres - Mystery

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  • A descendant of Thomas Whately, a leading merchant and writer who became director of the Bank of England, and Major Robert Thompson, a pioneer tobacco plantation owner in Virginia.
  • Was an amateur actor at the People's Theatre in Newcastle, England, in the 1970's, before turning professional. In 2011, he returned to celebrate the theatre's centenary.
  • Earned a living as a folk singer when he was young.
  • Presented with the honorary Doctor of Arts award by the University of Bedfordshire in 2013, for his outstanding achievements in acting.
  • Almost turned down the opportunity to reprise his signature role as Robbie Lewis from Inspector Morse in the spin-off crime series, Inspector Lewis.