Nicholas Courtney was an Egyptian born English actor.


Born William Nicholas Courtney in Cairo, Egypt, he joined the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art after doing his military services and spent several years in repertory theatre. He made his television debut in the series Escape and appeared in other such shows as The Avengers and the original Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

Courtney's most enduring role however, was that of Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in Doctor Who, a role which he played on and off for several decades. He would go on to appear in such series as Minder and All Creatures Great and Small, as well as frequently returning to the stage.

Courtney passed away in 2011.


Courtney sang twice in his career, once playing The Criminologist in a production of The Rocky Horror Show, and later whilst sending up his earlier role as the Brigadier in an episode of The Harry Hill Show.


The Harry Hill Show (2000)

  • Don't Leave Me This Way (contains solo lines)


The Rocky Horror Show (1985)

  • The Time Warp (recitative)
  • Eddie's Teddy (contains solo lines)
  • Super Heroes (recitative)


Doctor in Distress (1985)

  • Doctor in Distress (contains solo lines)


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