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Jun 01, 1944

Robert Powell (born 1 June 1944) is an English television and film actor, probably most famous for his title role in Jesus of Nazareth (1977) and as the fictional secret agent Richard Hannay. His distinctive voice has become well known in advertisements and documentaries. He is also known for his role as Mark Williams in BBC One medical drama, Holby City, and in the sitcom The Detectives alongside Jasper Carrott. Powell was born in Salford, the son of Kathleen (née Davis) and John Wilson Powell. Powell was educated at Manchester Grammar School, an independent school for boys in the city of Manchester in north-west England, and later at the University of Salford. One of his classmates was Sir Ben Kingsley, another famous actor. Powell took up acting while an undergraduate. He had a small role in the original version of The Italian Job playing one of the gang, but had to wait a few years for his first success, playing scientist Toby Wren in the BBC's science fiction series, Doomwatch in 1970. Having been at his request killed off in the last episode of the original series, Powell became a pin-up and a household name, following up with starring roles in several BBC serials, including

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