Colin McFarlane

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Colin McFarlane
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McFarlane at the Sasnak City Convention in 2019
Born
Colin Andrew Ignatius Peter McFarlane

(1961-09-15) 15 September 1961 (age 60)
NationalityBritish
Education The Perse School
Alma mater Loughborough University
OccupationActor, narrator, voice actor
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Kate McFarlane (m. 1993)
Children1

Colin Andrew Ignatius Peter McFarlane (born 15 September 1961) is a British actor, narrator and voice actor. He is best known for his role as Gillian B. Loeb in two films of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy , Ulysses in the STARZ television drama series Outlander , the voice of Bulgy in the children's television series Thomas & Friends , the voice of PC Malcolm Williams in the children's television series Fireman Sam , and as the voice of "The Cube" on ITV.

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He also appeared in The Commuter (2018), in which he played Conductor Sam, as Chancellor Riggs in the 2015 holiday television movie Crown for Christmas (2015), as General Pierce in the science fiction horror film Patient Zero (2018) and as Aloisius Dupree in three films of the Batzan Trilogy titled The Invisible Guardian , The Legacy of the Bones and Offering to the Storm in 2017, 2019 & 2020, respectively.

His voice roles in animation and video games include JJ in Bob the Builder , Thadius Vent in Oscar's Orchestra , Harrison in Chuggington , Sparkie the Dragon in Mike the Knight , Sergeant Slipper in Dennis and Gnasher , Thunder in Fable , Uzimushi in Shinobido: Way of the Ninja , The Forgotten One in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow , Avalon Centrifuge in LittleBigPlanet 2 , Heimdall in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 and Bernard Goodwin in Planet Zoo .

Early life

McFarlane was born on 15 September 1961 in Upper Clapton, London, to Jamaican parents. [1] His father served in the RAF, and the family subsequently moved several times before settling in Lincoln, where McFarlane grew up. [2] He attended the Perse School, Cambridge, and later read drama at Loughborough University, graduating in 1983. [3] [4] [5]

Career

Television

Mcfarlane's first professional television role was in 1985 with a three episode guest stint, as Detective Sergeant Watson, in ITV's hit police procedural Dempsey and Makepeace . [6] From there, he would go on to feature in London Weekly Television's made-for-TV film Dutch Girls , alongside Colin Firth and fellow Outlander alumni Bill Paterson. [7] The next year he featured in an episode of London Weekly Television's maternity mini-series To Have and To Hold, which focused on a surrogate mother carrying a child for her sister. [8] In 1988, McFarlane guest starred in a season two episode of ITV's drama Bust, which followed a man in the wake of bankruptcy. [9]

1992 saw McFarlane appear in CITV's children's series Tales From the Poop Deck, where he portrayed Lieutenant Parkinson of HMS Intrepid, and a guest appearance on several episodes of Channel 4's sitcom Sean's Show . [10] [11] Later that year he would feature in an episode of mystery series Virtual Murder , an episode of BBC's anthology series Screen One entitled Black and Blue, and the made-for-TV film Lenny Henry: In Dreams . [12] [13] [14] In 1993 he would guest star in children's series Runaway Bay and ITV's comedy Jeeves and Wooster , which focused on Hugh Laurie's Wooster and Stephen Fry's Jeeves. [15] [16] Two years later he would have guest appearances on ITV's Class Act and BBC's police procedural Backup. [17] [18]

McFarlane would go on, in 1996, to feature in an episode of BBC's Rowan Atkinson led police comedy The Thin Blue Line , Channel 4's made-for-TV film The Final Passage, and the finale of ITV's four part thriller series Circles of Deceit . [19] [20] [21]

His numerous TV credits include Judge John Deed , Jonathan Creek , Casualty , Death in Paradise , Father Brown and Holby City . [22] He has also appeared in two of the UK's most-watched soap operas. He appeared in five episodes of Coronation Street from August to September 2010 as a consultant neurosurgeon, Mr Jordan, and played DCI Irving in an episode of EastEnders in April 2014 as part of the "Who Killed Lucy Beale?" storyline.

He has also made regular appearances in British TV comedy, in the shows The Fast Show , Randall & Hopkirk , Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps , Harry and Paul and The Thin Blue Line . He played Inspector Norris in the Black Books episode The Blackout, Inspector Terrence Brown in the first episode of Dirk Gently and voiced the Judge in the 2016 revival of the sitcom Porridge .

He also featured in the CBBC shows M.I. High and Hounded as the evil Dr Muhahahaha.

Film

McFarlane's first film was 1996's short film A Mulatto Song, which focused on the life of George Bridgetower, a virtuoso violinist from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. [23] [24] The next year would see him feature in the direct-to-film film I'd Like A Word With You, a corporate training video on how to deal with discipline interviews. [25] He portrayed Police Commissioner Loeb in the critically acclaimed films Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). He has also made numerous appearances in the Doctor Who franchise, voicing the Heavenly Host in the Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned" and playing Moran in the "Under the Lake" and "Before the Flood" episodes of the ninth series [26] from 2015. In addition, he also appeared in the third series of Torchwood , Children of Earth , as the American military representative Colonel Pierce.

He appears alongside Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer in the action horror film Patient Zero (2018). He then appeared as the governor in the 2019 thriller film Crawl , featuring Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.

Voice acting

McFarlane's first voice role was in 1994 as Othello in S4C's Emmy Award winning animated series Shakespeare: The Animated Tales , which adapted and condensed classic Shakespearean plays for children. [27] The next year would see him voice the main villain in BBC's animated series Oscar's Orchestra , which explored a future where music was banned. [28] [29] In 1996, McFarlane voiced two characters, God and Goliath, in the Emmy winning animated series Testament: The Bible in Animation. [30] [31] From there he would go on to voice the recurring role of Sergeant Slipper, from 1996 to 1998, in the animated Dennis the Menace cartoon Dennis and Gnasher . [32]

His best-known voice roles include JJ and Skip in the original series of Bob the Builder , and as the narrator on the ITV gameshow The Cube . He has also voiced Jonah in the 1997 animated series Captain Pugwash , Bulgy the Double Decker Bus and Beresford the Crane in Thomas & Friends and its 2017 feature film Journey Beyond Sodor . [33] In addition, he played the part of Elvis the horse in Iconicles , Sparky the dragon in Mike the Knight , voiced several characters in the episode "The Sweater" of The Amazing World of Gumball .[ citation needed ], and as well as Police Constable Malcolm Williams in the twelfth series of Fireman Sam and its 2020 1-hour special, Norman Price and the Mystery in the Sky.

He played US General Trent Stone in the 2014 original audio drama Osiris by Everybodyelse Productions.

Video Games

McFarlane has lent his voice to numerous video games, the earliest being 1996's Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars . He would go on to voice characters in G-Police , Codename: Tenka , and The City of Lost Children in 1997. [34] He also voiced Greg in the Buzz! quiz game series, the character Avalon Centrifuge in the 2011 game LittleBigPlanet 2 , and provided additional dialogue for Batman: Arkham Knight . He played "The Forgotten One", the central villain of the two downloadable content packs for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow . [35] Also lending his voice to Thunder, in the first Fable video game.

Theatre

In 2013, McFarlane appeared with Lenny Henry in a critically acclaimed revival of August Wilson's Fences at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End. [36] [37]

Personal life

On 12 July 1993, McFarlane married his wife, Kate, with whom he has one son, Josh. He divides his time between homes in Lincoln and North London.

McFarlane is an avid supporter of Lincoln City F.C.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996A Mulatto SongFrederick DeAugustShort film
1997Countdown to TomorrowNarratorDocumentary film
I'd Like a Word with YouGeorgeDirect-to-video
1998 The First 9½ Weeks Remy
1999 The Criminal Businessman
2000 Sorted DoctorCredited as Colin McFarlan
2001The Ultimate Stress Show: Managing Stress
Chunky MonkeyTrevor
Christmas Carol: The Movie Mr. Fezziwig (Voice)
2002War GameLittle General, King George (voices)Short film
The King's BeardJasper (voice)
2005 Batman Begins Commissioner Loeb
Fragile Roy
2006Jungle BoogieMakita (voice)
2008 The Dark Knight Commissioner Loeb
2011The Last BelleThe Barman (voice)Short film
2013Experiment K5-CThe Voice (voice)Short film
2014Shadows of a StrangerAsmo
2015Slick CarsTiberius the Cabover Peterbilt (voice)
2016 The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared Seth
2017 The Invisible Guardian Dupree
Peppa Pig: My First Cinema ExperienceMr. Lion (voice)
Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor Beresford (voice)UK/US versions
2018 The Commuter Conductor Sam
Patient Zero Colonel Pierce
2019 The Queen's Corgi Chief (voice)UK version
Crawl Governor
The Legacy of the Bones Aloisius DupreeSpanish title: Legado en los huesos
2020Thomas and the Royal EngineBulgy and Beresford (voices)UK/US versions
Thomas & Friends: Marvellous MachineryDr. Holyfield (voice)UK/US versions
Offering to the Storm Aloisius DupreeSpanish title: Ofrenda a la Tormenta
2021 Jungle Cruise Dromm

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985 Dempsey and Makepeace Detective Sergeant Watson3 episodes
Dutch Girls MkwelaTelevision film
1986To Have & To HoldTeacher1 episode
1988BustSteve1 episode
1992 Tales from the Poop Deck Lieutenant ParkinsonEpisode: "Here Be Pirates!"
Sean's Show Announcer3 episodes
Screen One: Black and Blue Jesse Jarman1 episode
1993 Runaway Bay Henchman1 episode
Jeeves and Wooster TotoEpisode: "Totleigh Towers (or, Trouble at Totleigh Towers)"
1994 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales Othello (voice)Episode: "Othello"
1995 Class Act Newscaster1 episode
Backup DCI ClewsEpisode: "Clubbing"
1995–1996 Oscar's Orchestra Thadius Vent, Tank (voices)37 episodes
1996 The Thin Blue Line European Commissioner Mustafa DelcroixEpisode: "Ism Ism Ism"
Testament: The Bible in Animation God, Goliath (voices)Episodes: "Elijah" and "David and Saul"
The Final PassageCast memberTelevision film
Circles of Deceit: Kalon Interrogator1 episode
1996–1998 Dennis and Gnasher Sergeant Slipper (voice)26 episodes
1997Countdown to Tomorrow Never DiesNarratorTelevision documentary movie
1998The Adventures of Captain PugwashJonah, Dook (voices)26 episodes
2000 Black Books Inspector Barry NorrisEpisode: "Blackout"
2001 Office Gossip Charles MandelsonEpisode: "Moving On"
Oswald Johnny Snowman (UK voice)Episode: "The Go-Kart Race/Autumn Leaves"
Randall & Hopkirk Sebastian SnellgroveEpisode: "Marshall and Snellgrove"
2001–2003 Bob the Builder JJ (UK/US voice)
Skip (UK voice)
UK/US versions
16 episodes
2002–2005Ginger's Egg-scellent AdventuresPembroke (voice)UK/US versions
Recurring cast
2002–2006 Judge John Deed Newman Mason Allen Q.C.5 episodes
2002 Murder in Mind Ray MarkerEpisode: "Swan Song"
Mysteries of Easter IslandNarratorUK version
Television documentary movie
Babyfather ConsultantEpisode: "#2.3"
2003 Strange Reverend JohnsonEpisode: "Zoxim"
Television miniseries
Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! Additional Voices (voice)Episode: "The Snow"
2004 Jonathan Creek Inspector FellEpisode: "The Chequered Box"
2005Beneath the SkinJeremyTelevision movie
Holby City Felix KenteEpisode: "Great Expectations"
2006–2012; 2019 Little Princess Chef, Prime Minister, Horace, Various (voices)25 episodes
2006 Hyperdrive Male BulaahgEpisode: "Asteroid"
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps BrianEpisode: "Cauliflower"
2007 Doctor Who Aliens (voice)Episode: "Voyage of the Damned"
2008–2015, 2020–present Chuggington Harrison, the King of Buffertonia (voices)30 episodes
UK/US versions
2009–2015, 2020–present The Cube Narrator86 episodes
2009 Torchwood General Pierce3 episodes
Collision Bill Jackson3 episodes
Television miniseries
2010 Hounded Dr. Muhahaha5 episodes
Coronation Street Mr. Jordan5 episodes
Schizo Samurai ShitzhuDr. 105 episodes
Reggie Perrin Mr. Fox5 episodes
2011–2013 Mike the Knight Sparkie the Dragon (voice)UK version
8 episodes
2011–2016SkaterBotsStreck (voice)120 episodes
2011 Iconicles Elvis the Horse (voice)Episode: "Puddle Muddle"
Tinga Tinga Tales Majitu the Giant (voice)Episode: "Why Bushbaby Has Big Eyes"
Holby City Nick HortonEpisode: "Big Lies, Little Lies"
2012 Dirk Gently Terence BrownEpisode: "#1.1"
Bad Education PoliticianEpisode: "Politics"
Harry & Paul 2 episodes
2012–2013 The Amazing World of Gumball Additional Voices (voice)6 episodes
2013 Jo Captain HegerTelevision miniseries
Episodes: "The Opera" and "The Catacombes"
Credited as Colin McFarlan
It's Kevin VariousEpisode: "#1.3"
2013–2014 Zack & Quack Belly-Up (voice)28 episodes
2013–2016Officer BlueLieutenant Thelonius Browne96 episodes
2014 EastEnders DCI IrvingOne episode
Plebs DoctorEpisode: "The Patron"
Citizen Khan DI TaylorEpisode: "The In-Laws"
On Angel WingsJosephTelevision short movie
2015 Casualty Clifton DuheneyEpisode: "Toxic Relationships"
Death in Paradise Anton BurrageEpisode: "The Perfect Murder"
Olympus Hades Episode: "Truth"
Doctor Who MoranEpisodes: "Under the Lake" and "Before the Flood"
Crown for Christmas Chancellor RiggsTelevision movie
2016 Father Brown Cardinal PapillonEpisode: "The Daughter of Autolycus"
A Midsummer Night's Dream EgeusTelevision movie
PorridgeJudgeTelevision movie
Peppa Pig Mr. Lion (voice)Episode: "Playing Pretend"
Hooten & the Lady CalebTelevision miniseries
Episode: "The Caribbean"
2017 Porridge Judge (voice)3 episodes
Television miniseries
The Rebel RoderickEpisode: "Love"
2017–2020 Thomas & Friends Bulgy, Beresford, Dr. Holyfield, Various (voices)UK/US versions
2018 Midsomer Murders Jordan BriggsEpisode: "Till Death Do Us Part"
Starship GoldfishThe Avianaut / SecateurEpisode: "Starship Goldfish Cartoon Pilot"
2018–present Outlander UlyssesRecurring character, 9 episodes
2020 Industry Lord OakiEpisode: "Nutcracker"
2020–present Fireman Sam Police Constable Malcolm Williams (voice) [38] UK/US version
2020Fireman Sam: Norman Price and the Mystery in the SkyUK/US version
Television movie
2021 Queens of Mystery Finton BoyleEpisode: "#2.5"
Code 404 Bad BrianEpisode: "#2.4"
2021 The Cube (U.S) The Cube (voice)10 episodes
2021SudsMiloChannel 5

Theatre

YearTitleRoleDirectorTheatre
2013 Fences Bono Paulette Randall Duchess Theatre

Radio

YearTitleCharacterProductionDirector
1992Roland's AfterlifeEmpoli [39] BBC Radio 4 Glyn Dearman

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
1996 Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars Duane HendersonUS title: Broken Sword: Circle of Blood
1997 The City of Lost Children Additional Voices
G-Police Additional Voices
Codename Tenka Additional voicesUS Title: Lifeforce Tenka
2000 Imperium Galactica II: Alliances Additional Voices
2001 Gothic NPC'sEnglish dub
2002 Gothic II NPC'sEnglish dub
2003 Primal Abaddon / King Ilbis
2004 Fable Thunder
2005 Cold Winter Mahmoud Al-Fariq
Shinobido: Way of the Ninja UzimushiEnglish dub
2010 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow The Forgotten OneEnglish dub
2011 LittleBigPlanet 2 Avalon Centrifuge
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Rashaad, RustyEnglish version
Credited as Colin MacFarlane
2012 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Buzz Announcer
2013 Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Rashaad / RustyEnglish dub
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Additional Voices
2017 Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Heimdall, Horus, Red Wolf
2019 Planet Zoo Bernard Goodwin
2020OthercideSuffering

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