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Howards' Way star Nigel Daveport dies aged 85
VETERAN actor Nigel Davenport, who became one of the big stars of the TV Sunday soap blockbuster Howards’ Way set on the shores of the River Hamble, has died.
Davenport, who was 85, played Sir Edward Frere, father of property tycoon Charles Frere. He reveled in the aristocratic role and had his own stately home in the series.
Every Sunday millions tuned in to the Dallas-by-Sea drama which was played out in the eighties when making loadsamoney was all the rage and being a Yuppie was very fashionable.
The Elephant Boatyard at Old Bursledon was the central location for the TV drama of the upper crust yachting community in the fictitious south coast town of Tarrant.
The BBC One programme which was also filmed in parts of Southampton ran from September 1985 to November 1990. Over the years there have been talks of reviving the popular drama.
Davenport was among a list of big names who floated into Howards’ Way and they included Dulcie Gray, Michael Denison and Kate O’Mara.
As well as Howards’ Way Davenport had many film credits to his name. He starred in the Oscar best-picture winners A Man for All Seasons and Chariots of Fire during a career that spanned more than a half-century.
He appeared in more than 40 features, on dozens of TV shows and in countless stage productions.
Davenport’s more recent TV roles included parts in Midsomer Murders and the comedy Keeping Up Appearances.
He was president of the actors’ union Equity from 1986 to 1992.
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