Colin Andrew Ignatius Peter McFarlane
15 September 1961
|Education||The Perse School|
|Alma mater||Loughborough University|
|Occupation||Actor, narrator, voice actor|
|Spouse(s)||Kate McFarlane (m. 1993)|
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.
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 .
McFarlane was born on 15 September 1961 in Upper Clapton, London, to Jamaican parents.His father served in the RAF, and the family subsequently moved several times before settling in Lincoln, where McFarlane grew up. He attended the Perse School, Cambridge, and later read drama at Loughborough University, graduating in 1983.
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 .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. 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. In 1988, McFarlane guest starred in a season two episode of ITV's drama Bust, which followed a man in the wake of bankruptcy.
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 .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 . 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. Two years later he would have guest appearances on ITV's Class Act and BBC's police procedural Backup.
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 .
His numerous TV credits include Judge John Deed , Jonathan Creek , Casualty , Death in Paradise , Father Brown and Holby City .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.
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.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. 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 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.
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.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. In 1996, McFarlane voiced two characters, God and Goliath, in the Emmy winning animated series Testament: The Bible in Animation. 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 .
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 . [ 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.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 .
He played US General Trent Stone in the 2014 original audio drama Osiris by Everybodyelse Productions.
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.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 . Also lending his voice to Thunder, in the first Fable video game.
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.
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.
|1996||A Mulatto Song||Frederick DeAugust||Short film|
|1997||Countdown to Tomorrow||Narrator||Documentary film|
|I'd Like a Word with You||George||Direct-to-video|
|1998||The First 9½ Weeks||Remy|
|2000||Sorted||Doctor||Credited as Colin McFarlan|
|2001||The Ultimate Stress Show: Managing Stress|
|Christmas Carol: The Movie||Mr. Fezziwig (Voice)|
|2002||War Game||Little General, King George (voices)||Short film|
|The King's Beard||Jasper (voice)|
|2005||Batman Begins||Commissioner Loeb|
|2006||Jungle Boogie||Makita (voice)|
|2008||The Dark Knight||Commissioner Loeb|
|2011||The Last Belle||The Barman (voice)||Short film|
|2013||Experiment K5-C||The Voice (voice)||Short film|
|2014||Shadows of a Stranger||Asmo|
|2015||Slick Cars||Tiberius 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 Experience||Mr. 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|
|The Legacy of the Bones||Aloisius Dupree||Spanish title: Legado en los huesos|
|2020||Thomas and the Royal Engine||Bulgy and Beresford (voices)||UK/US versions|
|Thomas & Friends: Marvellous Machinery||Dr. Holyfield (voice)||UK/US versions|
|Offering to the Storm||Aloisius Dupree||Spanish title: Ofrenda a la Tormenta|
|1985||Dempsey and Makepeace||Detective Sergeant Watson||3 episodes|
|Dutch Girls||Mkwela||Television film|
|1986||To Have & To Hold||Teacher||1 episode|
|1992||Tales from the Poop Deck||Lieutenant Parkinson||Episode: "Here Be Pirates!"|
|Sean's Show||Announcer||3 episodes|
|Screen One: Black and Blue||Jesse Jarman||1 episode|
|1993||Runaway Bay||Henchman||1 episode|
|Jeeves and Wooster||Toto||Episode: "Totleigh Towers (or, Trouble at Totleigh Towers)"|
|1994||Shakespeare: The Animated Tales||Othello (voice)||Episode: "Othello"|
|1995||Class Act||Newscaster||1 episode|
|Backup||DCI Clews||Episode: "Clubbing"|
|1995–1996||Oscar's Orchestra||Thadius Vent, Tank (voices)||37 episodes|
|1996||The Thin Blue Line||European Commissioner Mustafa Delcroix||Episode: "Ism Ism Ism"|
|Testament: The Bible in Animation||God, Goliath (voices)||Episodes: "Elijah" and "David and Saul"|
|The Final Passage||Cast member||Television film|
|Circles of Deceit: Kalon||Interrogator||1 episode|
|1996–1998||Dennis and Gnasher||Sergeant Slipper (voice)||26 episodes|
|1997||Countdown to Tomorrow Never Dies||Narrator||Television documentary movie|
|1998||The Adventures of Captain Pugwash||Jonah, Dook (voices)||26 episodes|
|2000||Black Books||Inspector Barry Norris||Episode: "Blackout"|
|2001||Office Gossip||Charles Mandelson||Episode: "Moving On"|
|Oswald||Johnny Snowman (UK voice)||Episode: "The Go-Kart Race/Autumn Leaves"|
|Randall & Hopkirk||Sebastian Snellgrove||Episode: "Marshall and Snellgrove"|
|2001–2003||Bob the Builder||JJ (UK/US voice)|
Skip (UK voice)
|2002–2005||Ginger's Egg-scellent Adventures||Pembroke (voice)||UK/US versions|
|2002–2006||Judge John Deed||Newman Mason Allen Q.C.||5 episodes|
|2002||Murder in Mind||Ray Marker||Episode: "Swan Song"|
|Mysteries of Easter Island||Narrator||UK version|
Television documentary movie
|2003||Strange||Reverend Johnson||Episode: "Zoxim"|
|Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!||Additional Voices (voice)||Episode: "The Snow"|
|2004||Jonathan Creek||Inspector Fell||Episode: "The Chequered Box"|
|2005||Beneath the Skin||Jeremy||Television movie|
|Holby City||Felix Kente||Episode: "Great Expectations"|
|2006–2012; 2019||Little Princess||Chef, Prime Minister, Horace, Various (voices)||25 episodes|
|2006||Hyperdrive||Male Bulaahg||Episode: "Asteroid"|
|Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps||Brian||Episode: "Cauliflower"|
|2007||Doctor Who||Aliens (voice)||Episode: "Voyage of the Damned"|
|2008–2015, 2020–present||Chuggington||Harrison, the King of Buffertonia (voices)||30 episodes|
|2009–2015, 2020–present||The Cube||Narrator||86 episodes|
|2009||Torchwood||General Pierce||3 episodes|
|Collision||Bill Jackson||3 episodes|
|2010||Hounded||Dr. Muhahaha||5 episodes|
|Coronation Street||Mr. Jordan||5 episodes|
|Schizo Samurai Shitzhu||Dr. 10||5 episodes|
|Reggie Perrin||Mr. Fox||5 episodes|
|2011–2013||Mike the Knight||Sparkie the Dragon (voice)||UK version|
|2011–2016||SkaterBots||Streck (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 Horton||Episode: "Big Lies, Little Lies"|
|2012||Dirk Gently||Terence Brown||Episode: "#1.1"|
|Bad Education||Politician||Episode: "Politics"|
|Harry & Paul||2 episodes|
|2012–2013||The Amazing World of Gumball||Additional Voices (voice)||6 episodes|
|2013||Jo||Captain Heger||Television miniseries|
Episodes: "The Opera" and "The Catacombes"
Credited as Colin McFarlan
|It's Kevin||Various||Episode: "#1.3"|
|2013–2014||Zack & Quack||Belly-Up (voice)||28 episodes|
|2013–2016||Officer Blue||Lieutenant Thelonius Browne||96 episodes|
|2014||EastEnders||DCI Irving||One episode|
|Plebs||Doctor||Episode: "The Patron"|
|Citizen Khan||DI Taylor||Episode: "The In-Laws"|
|On Angel Wings||Joseph||Television short movie|
|2015||Casualty||Clifton Duheney||Episode: "Toxic Relationships"|
|Death in Paradise||Anton Burrage||Episode: "The Perfect Murder"|
|Doctor Who||Moran||Episodes: "Under the Lake" and "Before the Flood"|
|Crown for Christmas||Chancellor Riggs||Television movie|
|2016||Father Brown||Cardinal Papillon||Episode: "The Daughter of Autolycus"|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||Egeus||Television movie|
|Peppa Pig||Mr. Lion (voice)||Episode: "Playing Pretend"|
|Hooten & the Lady||Caleb||Television miniseries|
Episode: "The Caribbean"
|2017||Porridge||Judge (voice)||3 episodes|
|The Rebel||Roderick||Episode: "Love"|
|2017–2020||Thomas & Friends||Bulgy, Beresford, Dr. Holyfield, Various (voices)||UK/US versions|
|2018||Midsomer Murders||Jordan Briggs||Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"|
|Starship Goldfish||The Avianaut / Secateur||Episode: "Starship Goldfish Cartoon Pilot"|
|2018–present||Outlander||Ulysses||Recurring character, 9 episodes|
|2020||Industry||Lord Oaki||Episode: "Nutcracker"|
|2020–present||Fireman Sam||Police Constable Malcolm Williams (voice)||UK/US version|
|2020||Fireman Sam: Norman Price and the Mystery in the Sky||UK/US version|
|2021||Queens of Mystery||Finton Boyle||Episode: "#2.5"|
|Code 404||Bad Brian||Episode: "#2.4"|
|2021||The Cube (U.S)||The Cube (voice)||10 episodes|
|2013||Fences||Bono||Paulette Randall||Duchess Theatre|
|1992||Roland's Afterlife||Empoli||BBC Radio 4||Glyn Dearman|
|1996||Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars||Duane Henderson||US title: Broken Sword: Circle of Blood|
|1997||The City of Lost Children||Additional Voices|
|Codename Tenka||Additional voices||US Title: Lifeforce Tenka|
|2000||Imperium Galactica II: Alliances||Additional Voices|
|2002||Gothic II||NPC's||English dub|
|2003||Primal||Abaddon / King Ilbis|
|2005||Cold Winter||Mahmoud Al-Fariq|
|Shinobido: Way of the Ninja||Uzimushi||English dub|
|2010||Castlevania: Lords of Shadow||The Forgotten One||English dub|
|2011||LittleBigPlanet 2||Avalon Centrifuge|
|Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch||Rashaad, Rusty||English version|
Credited as Colin MacFarlane
|2012||PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale||Buzz Announcer|
|2013||Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch||Rashaad / Rusty||English dub|
|2015||Batman: Arkham Knight||Additional Voices|
|2017||Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2||Heimdall, Horus, Red Wolf|
|2019||Planet Zoo||Bernard Goodwin|
Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane and developed by MacFarlane and David Zuckerman for the Fox Broadcasting Company that premiered on January 31, 1999. The series is produced by Fuzzy Door Productions.
Basil Brush is a fictional red fox, best known for his appearances on daytime British children's television. He is primarily portrayed by a glove puppet, but has also been depicted in animated cartoon shorts and comic strips. The character has featured on children's television from the 1960s to the present day. He has appeared in pantomimes across the UK as well as the Perth Christmas Light Switch On in 2019.
Alexander Martin Clunes OBE DL is an English actor, comedian, director and television presenter. He is best known for portraying Martin Ellingham in the ITV comedy-drama series Doc Martin and Gary Strang in Men Behaving Badly. Clunes has narrated a number of documentaries for ITV, the first of which was Islands of Britain in 2009. He has since presented a number of documentaries centred on animals. He has also voiced Kipper the Dog in the animated series Kipper.
Martin Jarvis OBE is an English actor and a producer of radio drama. Described by the BBC as "one of Britain's most distinguished and versatile actors", he has had a varied career in theatre, film and television, and is particularly noted for radio acting and voicing audiobooks.
Century Falls is a British cross-genre series broadcast in six twenty-five-minute episodes on BBC1 in early 1993. Written by Russell T Davies, it tells the story of teenager Tess Hunter and her mother, who move to the seemingly idyllic rural village of Century Falls, only to find that it hides many powerful secrets.
John Edward Arthur Woodnutt was an English character actor, often cast in villainous roles.
Annette Badland is an English actress known for a wide range of roles on television, radio, stage, and film. She is best known for her roles as Margaret Blaine in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, Mrs. Glenna Fitzgibbons in the first season of Outlander, and Babe Smith in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1993 for her performance in Jim Cartwright's play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
Patricia Noel Driscoll was a British and Irish actress, who has appeared both on television and in films.
Tobias Simpson Menzies is an English stage, television and film actor. He is best known for playing Frank and Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall in STARZ's Outlander, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, in addition to his roles as Brutus in HBO's Rome and Edmure Tully in HBO's Game of Thrones. Menzies also portrayed Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in the third and fourth seasons of Netflix's series The Crown, a role which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination and won him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Gary Stevenson, better known as Gary Lewis, is a Scottish actor. He has had roles in films such as Billy Elliot, Joyeux Noël, Gangs of New York, Eragon, and Three and Out, as well as major roles in the television docudrama Supervolcano and the Starz series Outlander.
Duggie Brown is an English comedian and actor. He is the brother of actress and singer Lynne Perrie.
Graham James McTavish is a Scottish actor and author. He is known for his roles as Dwalin in The Hobbit film trilogy, Dracula in the Netflix's animated series Castlevania, The Saint of Killers in the AMC series Preacher, and Dougal Mackenzie in the Starz series Outlander. He is also known for his roles in the video game franchise Uncharted as the main antagonist Zoran Lazarević in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Charlie Cutter in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
Stephen Walters is an English actor. A regular in British television and film, he has played a wide range and variety of character roles in both drama and comedy. Walters is most commonly associated with unpredictable, complex figures. He was nominated for a Royal Television Society Best Actor award in 2013 for his role in the Sky Arts drama Ragged.
The World of Wooster is a comedy television series, based on the Jeeves stories by author P. G. Wodehouse. The television series starred Ian Carmichael as English gentleman Bertie Wooster and Dennis Price as Bertie's valet Jeeves.
Timothy Richard Downie is an English actor and writer. He is best known for the television series Toast of London, Outlander and Upstart Crow, and the films Paddington and The King's Speech.
Richard Rankin is a Scottish film, television and theatre actor. He is best known for the Scottish sketch show Burnistoun and as Roger Mackenzie Wakefield in the Starz drama Outlander.
"Will Anatole Return to Brinkley Court?" is the fifth episode of the first series of the 1990s British comedy television series Jeeves and Wooster. It is also called "Brinkley Manor" or "The Matchmaker". It first aired in the UK on 20 May 1990 on ITV. The episode aired in the US on 9 December 1990 on Masterpiece Theatre.
"Pearls Mean Tears" is the third episode of the second series of the 1990s British comedy television series Jeeves and Wooster. It is also called "The Con". It first aired in the UK on 28 April 1991 on ITV.
Steven Cree is a Scottish film, television, and theatre actor. He is best known for his role as Ian Murray in the Starz television series Outlander. His other work includes the films Brave (2012), 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), Maleficent (2014), 51 Degrees North (2014), Churchill (2017), and the TV series Lip Service.
"Trouble at Totleigh Towers" is the fifth episode of the fourth series of the 1990s British comedy television series Jeeves and Wooster. It is also called "Totleigh Towers". It first aired in the UK on 13 June 1993 on ITV.