Mark Eden

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Mark Eden
Douglas John Malin

(1928-02-14)14 February 1928
London, England
Died1 January 2021(2021-01-01) (aged 92)
London, England
Years active1958–2013
  • (m. 1953;div. 1959)
  • Diana W. Smith
    (m. 1973,c.1984 div)
    [2] [3]
  • (m. 1993)
Relatives Emma Griffiths Malin (granddaughter)

Douglas John Malin [4] (14 February 1928 – 1 January 2021), [5] known professionally as Mark Eden, was an English actor. [6] He was best known for his portrayal of the villainous Alan Bradley in Coronation Street from 1986 to 1989.


Early life

Mark Eden was born Douglas John Malin in St Pancras, London, England on 14 February 1928. [2]


As Mark Eden, he appeared at the Royal Court Theatre and in repertory theatre in England and Wales. His television and film roles include the Doctor Who serial Marco Polo (1964) in which he played Marco Polo, a reporter in Quatermass and the Pit in 1958, Number 100 in The Prisoner in 1967, and Inspector Parker in the TV adaptations of several Lord Peter Wimsey stories in the 1970s. Having briefly played a short lived character named Wally Randle in 1981, [7] he returned for a long-running role in Coronation Street , in which he played Alan Bradley. [7]

Eden's time in Coronation Street came to an end in December 1989 after Bradley was killed by a Blackpool tram. [8] [7] In 2009, Eden unveiled a plaque at the tram stop where the scene was filmed. [8] [9]

After leaving Coronation Street, Eden said he received many casting offers for "psycho" roles. [7] Before the show, Eden had often been cast in the role of an upper-class gentleman. [9] Eden worked on the stage and in radio plays. He also worked with the Beach Boys and wrote a musical about them. His television appearances included playing Boucher in an episode of Poirot . [10] His autobiography, Who's Going to Look at You?, was published in 2010. [11]

Personal life

Eden was married three times. His first wife was Joan Long, whom he married in 1953. [12] [13] Their son, David (1957–2017), also became an actor; [14] and David's daughter (Eden's granddaughter) Emma Griffiths Malin (born 1980) is also an actress. [15] Eden and Joan divorced in 1959, and Joan later married the actor John Le Mesurier. [16]

In 1971, he married Diana W. Smith, whom he had met that year; she later acted under the name Diana Eden. She was eighteen years his junior. They had a daughter named Polly. [17] In 1993, Eden married Sue Nicholls, his co-star in Coronation Street and the daughter of Lord Harmar-Nicholls. [18] [19] They remained married until Eden's death. [15]

Eden suffered from Alzheimer's disease in later life, and was admitted to hospital with the disease in November 2020. He died on 1 January 2021, aged 92. [15]



1961 Out of the Shadow Police constable
1962 Operation Snatch Mosquito pilot
The L-Shaped Room Terry
The Password Is Courage 2nd Prisoner of War
1963 Heavens Above! Sir Geoffrey Despard
Blind Corner Mr. Clayton
Edgar Wallace Mysteries : "The Partner"Richard WebbSecond feature; US TV: The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre 5:1
1964 Séance on a Wet Afternoon Charles Clayton
1965 Game for Three Losers Mike Williams
The Pleasure Girls Prinny [20]
Doctor Zhivago Engineer at dam [20]
Edgar Wallace Mysteries: "Game for Three Losers"Oliver MarchantSecond feature; US TV: The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre 6:1
1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname Kellaway
1968 Attack on the Iron Coast Lieutenant Commander Donald Kimberly
Curse of the Crimson Altar Robert Manning
1969 Arthur? Arthur! Jack Parker
1972 Nobody Ordered Love Charles
1976Fern, the Red DeerMr. Pollard
1980 Richard's Things Richard Morris


1958 Quatermass and the Pit Second JournalistSeries 1, Episode 1: "The Halfmen"
1960ITV Television PlayhouseJeep driverSeries 5, Episode 22: "The English Captain"
1961ITV Television PlayhouseCorporal HullSeries 6, Episode 34: "Marking Time"
ITV Television PlayhouseGiovanni SpadaSeries 7, Episode 8: "Children of the Sun
Knight Errant LimitedLord CambrokeSeason 3, Episode 24: "King Charles' Head"
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Johnny WatsonSeries 3, Episode 26: "Signal Received"
Armchair Theatre UnknownErskine CraigSeries 4: (2 episodes)
The Avengers Jacques BeronneSeries 1, Episode 9: "Ashes of Roses"
1962 The Avengers NicholsonSeries 2, Episode 5: "Mission to Montreal"
Sir Francis Drake AgilaSeries 1, Episode 12: "The Slaves of Spain"
1963Dimensions of FearDr LeosserSeries 1: (2 episodes)
The Saint Bertrand TamblinSeries 2, Episode 22: "The Invisible Millionaire"
The Verdict Is YoursUnknownSeries 3, Episode 26: "Henley v Bone"
Jezebel ex UKMark RawlinsonSeries 1, Episode 2: "Send a Telegram"
24-Hour CallEddySeries 1, Episode 10: "Better Live Than Die"
Love Story Carl WilsonSeries 1, Episode 6: "Make It a Habit"
BBC Sunday-Night Play VictorSeries 4, Episode 42: "The Shadow of Mart"
1963 Z-Cars Tiger EvansSeries 2, Episode 36: "A Try by Weir"
1964 Espionage WicketSeries 1, Episode 12: "Never Turn Your Back on a Friend"
Doctor Who Marco Polo Series 1: (7 episodes)
Detective Bombardier Peter BradfieldSeries 1, Episode 10: "Subject: Murder"
Catch HandJohnny RichSeries 1: (6 episodes)
1965 Armchair Mystery Theatre Tom BraddockSeries 3, Episode 6: "The Welcome"
1966 Emergency-Ward 10 Tim CourtneySeries 1: (3 episodes)
Thirty-Minute Theatre Ted WintersSeries 2, Episode 6: "Play to Win"
Out of the UnknownStephen KershawSeries 2, Episode 6: "The World in Silence"
1967 Till Death Us Do Part SurgeonSeries 2, Episode 8: "In Sickness and in Health"
St Ives AlainSeries 1: (3 episodes)
TrappedDr FrazerSeries 1, Episode 1: "Journey into Nowhere"
Man in a Suitcase JacksonSeries 1, Episode 2: "The Sitting Pigeon"
The Prisoner Number One HundredSeries 1, Episode 10: "It's Your Funeral"
1968 ITV Playhouse David HopeSeries 1, Episode 30: "Murder: A Professional Job"
Crime Buster Ray SaxonSeries 1: (13 episodes)
1969 Z-Cars Bill MercerSeries 6: (2 episodes)
1970Beyond BeliefUnknownUnknown
The Troubleshooters Tommy EastwindSeries 6, Episode 4: "Who Did You Say Inherits the Earth?"
ITV Sunday Night Theatre LewisSeries 2, Episode 42: "Hands with the Magic Touch"
If It Moves, File ItTrubshaweSeries 1, Episode 3: "Man Eating Plant"
1971SuspicionDetective Sergeant BarronSeries 1, Episode 7: "Plain Jane"
1972 Spyder's Web Dr DolekSeries 1, Episode 8: "Lies and Dolls"
Clouds of Witness Detective Inspector Parker Series 1: (5 episodes)
Crown Court Lawrence Webb
1973 Crown Court Douglas BlandfordSeries 2, Episode 117: "A Stab in the Front: Part 3"
The PathfindersWing Commander PurvisSeries 1, Episode 11: "Operation Pickpocket"
Arthur of the Britons MorcantSeries 1, Episode 9: "Enemies and Lovers"
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona ClubDetective Inspector ParkerSeries 1: (3 episodes)
The Adventures of Black Beauty Major WatkinsSeries 1, Episode 22: "Foul Play"
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Roderick VarleySeries 2, Episode 7: "The Superfluous Finger"
Special Branch JournalistSeries 3, Episode 12: "Hostage"
New Scotland Yard Peter RoyalSeries 3, Episode 7: "Exchange Is No Robbery"
Murder Must Advertise Chief Inspector ParkerSeries 1: (4 episodes)
1974 The Nine Tailors Chief Inspector ParkerSeries 1, Episode 4
A Little Bit of Wisdom DoctorSeries 1, Episode 6: "And I Mean That Most Sincerely"
The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs SpencerSeries 1: (7 episodes)
1975 General Hospital Dick ButlerUnknown
Sam Tony ParkerSeries 3: (3 episodes)
1976 Warship Wing Commander BlazeySeries 3, Episode 11: "Divert with Despatch"
MurderDetective Inspector John WrathSeries 1, Episode 2: "Nobody's Conscience"
1977 Jesus of Nazareth QuartusTV Mini-series
London Belongs to Me Jack RufusSeason 1: (6 episodes)
Poldark St John PeterSeries 2, Episode 11
1978 Wilde Alliance Mike StewartSeries 1, Episode 13: "Some Trust in Chariots"
The Law CentreBradleySeries 1, Episode 1: "The Galahad Bit"
ITV Sunday Night Drama KenSeries 3, Episode 7: "End of Season"
1980 Cribb Edmund VibartSeries 1, Episode 4: "The Detective Wore Silk Drawers"
The Sandbaggers Bernard TindaleTV Mini-series
The Square LeopardJohn PurvisSeries 1, Episode 5
The Professionals RossSeries 4, Episode 11: "Hijack"
1981 Coronation Street Wally RandleSeries 1: (10 episodes)
1983 Crown Court Andrew CorrySeries 12, Episode 28: "Mother's Boy: Part 1"
Gun Fight at the Joe Kaye CorralJoe KayeTV movie
1984Sorrel and SonOscar WildeSeries 1, Episode 5
1985 The Practice Keith GoddardSeries 1: (4 episodes)
The DetectiveWilf PenfieldSeries 1: (5 episodes)
1986 The Collectors George HaycockSeries 1, Episode 7: "The Dog It Was..."
1986–1989 Coronation Street Alan BradleySeries 1: (221 episodes)
1991 Cluedo George BiddleSeries 2, Episode 2: "The Best Insurance"
1993Agatha Christie: PoirotBoucherSeries 5, Episode 6: "The Chocolate Box"
2002 Doctors Arthur Lisser (2002)Series 4, Episode 33: "The Trouble with Arthur"
2006 Doctors Glen Hodgkins (2006)Series 7, Episode 131: "Loyalty"
2008 Casualty BillSeries 23, Episode 13: "A Slip in Time"
2013 An Adventure in Space and Time Donald Baverstock TV movie [20]

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