Hugh Fraser (born 23 October 1945) is an English actor and theatre director. Born in London but raised in the West Midlands, Fraser studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He was also a member of Telltale, a folk band that wrote and performed the theme music for Rainbow, a children's television series. Fraser's first big break came after portraying Anthony Eden in the 1978 television series Edward & Mrs. Simpson, with Edward Fox, after which he was frequently cast as upper-class or aristocratic characters, such as Mr Talmann in Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract. He has regularly appeared on film and in television and is best known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot opposite David Suchet, and his role as the Duke of Wellington (replacing David Troughton) in the Sharpe television series. In the 1980s, he appeared in the BBC thriller Edge of Darkness.... Other works included: 2001: Narrator of the audio recording of "And Then There Were None", a play by Agatha Christie; Narrator of audio book version (2003) of "Hallowe'en Party" by Dame Agatha Christie. (ISBN 000717408X); (September 1978) He acted in Eduardo De Filippo's play, "Filumena", at the Lyric Theatre in London, England with Dame Joan Plowright CBE, Frank Finlay CBE, Sydney Bromley, Susan Richards, Bobbie Brown, Felicity Steel, Stuart Fox, Robert O'Mahoney, Pierce Brosnan OBE and Carol Sandy in the cast. Franco Zeffirelli was the director; (August 1982) He acted in Oliver Goldsmith's play, "She Stoops to Conquer", at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, England with Anthony Sharp, Betty Marsden, Ron Cook, Tracey Ullman, Nigel Terry and Richard Caldicot in the cast. William Gaskill was the director; and (1985) He acted in Howard Barker's play, "The Power of the Dog", at the Hampstead Theatre in Hampstead, London, England with Sean Baker, Amelda Brown and Peter Sproule in the cast.