Charles Collingwood is an Actor, Broadcaster and After-Dinner Speaker.
He is best known for playing the role of Brian Aldridge in the long-running BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers since March 1975.
Charles Collingwood was born in Canada, educated at Sherborne School and trained at RADA.
His early years were spent in repertory at Liverpool, Derby, Harrogate, Canterbury and Guildford. He also toured Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok with ‘Relatively Speaking‘.
Nearer London, Collingwood played opposite Penelope Keith in ‘How The Other Half Lives‘ at Greenwich, and for over a year starred in Tom Stoppard’s ‘Dirty Linen‘ at The Arts Theatre.
Charles’ TV credits include:
- White Teeth
- Midsomer Murders
- Roger Roger
- Bob Martin
- Londons Burning
- Inspector Morse
- Nelson’s Column
- The Bretts
- Inspector Wexford
- Outside Edge
- The 10%ers
- Tonight at 8:30
- Trouble in Mind
- My Name is David Lander
Charles Collingwood was seen as the eccentric scorer on Noel Edmond’s ‘Telly Addicts‘
Charles spent 4 years as a continuity news reader for the BBC World Service.
On radio, Charles recorded many comedy series with Jack Smethurst, Harry Worth, Richard Stilgoe and the late Roy Castle.
He met his wife Judy, recording the voices for a TV puppet series. It was during these series that romance blossomed, and in 1975 Charles was invited to join Judy in the long running and highly successful radio show THE ARCHERS cast by creating the part of wealthy gentleman farmer, Brian Aldridge (the J.R of Ambridge).
He has guested on many shows including:
- Celebrity Weakest Link (Which he won!)
- Call My Bluff
- Quote Unquote
- Just A Minute
- That Reminds Me
- The Time, The Place
- First Things First
- Fifteen To One
- Love in the Afternoon
In 2003 Charles was honoured to be the subject of ‘This Is Your Life’ for the BBC.
Charles continues to entertain theatre audiences with his one-man show ‘Playing Away‘ and his show with wife Judy – ‘Laughter and Intrigue‘.