Derek Ware (actor)

Derek Ware
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Derek Arthur Ware

(1938-02-27)27 February 1938
Died22 September 2015(2015-09-22) (aged 77)
OccupationActor, stuntman

Derek Arthur Ware (27 February 1938 – 22 September 2015)[1] was an English actor and stuntman, active from the late 1950s through the 1990s.[2][3]

Ware's parents were Arthur, a music hall performer, and his wife Margaret. After graduating from RADA in 1957, his earliest television work was on the BBC's cycle of Shakespeare's history plays, An Age of Kings (1960), as both actor and stunt arranger.[4][5] For the director Peter Watkins, Ware was involved in the production of the docudramas, Culloden (1964) and The War Game (1966),[1] both for the BBC.[6][7]

Ware was a stuntman and fight arranger for the early seasons of Doctor Who on which his company Havoc, founded in 1966, was involved as well as many other television shows into the 1970s, for both the BBC and ITV.[2] The company entirely dominating the stunt work field for a time, but had been dissolved by the end of the 1970s.[1] He worked on Z-Cars, the original The Italian Job (1969), in which he also played the role of Rozzer, and later, on EastEnders.[8]


1962The PrimitivesPhilip
1966The IdolLabourer
1967Far from the Madding CrowdCorporal
1968Up the JunctionTed's Friend
1968Witchfinder GeneralBoy at Hoxne Inn
1969The Italian JobRozzer
1976Shout at the DevilGerman crewmanUncredited
1976The Battle of Billy's PondDriver's MateChildren's Film Foundation
1978Give Us Tomorrow2nd Bank Robber
1984John Wycliffe: The Morning StarPeasant #1
1986Sky BanditsAlphonse
1986God's OutlawFriar Stafford
1992Revenge of Billy the KidPC Bob Peel(final film role)


  1. ^ a b c Hadoke, Toby (19 October 2015). "Derek Ware obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Derek Ware: Actor and stunt choreographer in 'The Italian Job'". The Independent. October 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Derek Ware | Theatricalia".
  4. ^ "Derek Ware — RADA".
  5. ^ "Derek Ware". BFI.
  6. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Culloden (1964) Credits".
  7. ^ "BFI Screenonline: War Game, The (1966) Credits".
  8. ^ "Doctor Who stuntman Derek Ware dies, aged 77". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 February 2016.

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