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Nicholas Clay

Date of birth : 09/18/1946
Date of death : 05/25/2000
City of birth : Streatham, London, England, UK

Nicholas Clay was an English actor, most famous for playing the legendary knight Lancelot du Lac (Lancelot of the Lake) in the medieval fantasy film "Excalibur" (1981). Clay was born in London.His father was a professional soldier, who served in the Corps of Royal Engineers (nicknamed "Sappers"). The Clay family eventually settled in Kent, where Clay was raised. Clay became interested in acting as a teenager, and performed with the Little Medway Theatre Club. He was later formally educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Clay made his film debut in the science fiction horror film "The Damned" (1963), concerning children with a mutation which makes them resistant to nuclear fallout. He was only 17-years-old at the time. He remained a theatrical actor for the rest of the 1960s. Clay's next film role was that of handyman Billy Jarvis in the thriller "The Night Digger" (1971). In the film, Jarvis represented a threat to the film's female protagonists Maura and Edith Prince (played respectively by Patricia Neal and Pamela Brown). Clay's first leading role was that of naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) in the biographical film "The Darwin Adventure" (1972), Clay returned to the horror genre in the film "Terror of Frankenstein" (1977). He played Henry Clerval, the best friend of Victor Frankenstein. Clay found a notable role in the television miniseries "Will Shakespeare" (1978), where he played Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573-1624). In real-life poet William Shakespeare had dedicated two narrative poems to Wriothesley: "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece". Wriothesley is also mentioned in Shakespeare's Sonnets, under the name of the "Fair Youth", as a subject of the poet's admiration. Clay played Lieutenant Raw in the war film "Zulu Dawn" (1979), which depicted the historical Battle of Isandlwana (1879). The film was released at the centennial of the battle. Clay had key roles in two Arthurian films released in 1981, playing Lancelot du Lac in "Excalibur" and Tristan in "Lovespell". Both Lancelot and Tristan were knights of Arthurian legends, known for their romantic affairs with married women. Lancelot was romantically involved with Queen Guinevere (Arthur's wife), and Tristan was romantically involved with his aunt-by-marriage Iseult of Ireland (wife of his uncle Mark of Cornwall). Clay had another romantic role as gamekeeper Oliver Mellors in "Lady Chatterley's Lover" (1981), an adaptation of the 1928 novel David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930). Both the novel and its film adaptation portrayed a love affair between Mellors and the wife of of his employer, Constance Reid, Lady Chatterley. Clay next found a leading role in television as the historical monarch Alexander the Great, King of Macedon (356-323 BC, reigned 336-323 BC) in the miniseries "The Search for Alexander the Great". Next he appeared in a couple of crime novel adaptations. He played murder suspect Patrick Redfern in the mystery film "Evil Under the Sun" (1982), based on the 1941 novel by Agatha Christie. He also played murder suspect Jack Stapleton in the television film The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1983), based on the 1902 novel by Arthur Conan Doyle. Clay next had a supporting role in another literary adaption. He played the Greek nobleman Glaucus in the miniseries "The Last Days of Pompeii" (1984), an adaptation of the 1834 novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. He had a guest star role as Dr. Percy Trevelyan in a 1985 episode of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". The episode was an adaptation of the short story "The Adventure of the Resident Patient" (1893), where Trevelyan was Sherlock Holmes' client. Clay played the Prince in the fantasy film "Sleeping Beauty" (1987), based on the traditional fairy tale recorded by both Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. He next played nobleman Charles De Montfort in the Crusade-themed adventure film "Lionheart" (1987). This was his last role in a feature film. In the same year, Clay played the historical figure Alexis Mdivani (1905-1935) in the television film "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story" (1987). The real-life Mdivani was a Georgian nobleman who married American heiress Barbara Hutton (1912-1979). He was killed in an automobile accident when only 30-years-old. Clay's last notable role in the 1980s was that of self-made businessman Mike Savage in the dramatic television series "Gentlemen and Players" (1988-1989). The series focused on an intense personal rivalry between Savage and "blue-blooded" businessman Miles "Bo" Beaufort (played by Brian Protheroe). It lasted 2 seasons, and a total of 13 episodes. In the 1990s, Clay taught drama at the Actors' Centre and the Academy of Live and Performing Arts, and became an associate Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His career declined, and he mostly appeared in television roles. He had guest-star roles in then-popular television series, such as "Zorro", "The New Adventures of Robin Hood", and "Highlander: The Series". His last substantial television roles were that of mythological king Menelaus of Sparta in the miniseries "The Odyssey" (1997), and Lord Leo in the Arthurian miniseries "Merlin" (1998). His last recurring role was that of Dr. Angus Harvey in the controversial medical drama "Psychos" (1999) which only lasted 6 episodes. The series was at the time accused of reinforcing stereotypes and prejudice towards people involved in mental health. Clay died in May 2000, suffering from liver cancer. He was 53-years-old. He was interred in the graveyard of St Peter's Church, Sibton, Suffolk. He was survived by his wife, actress Lorna Heilbron. The couple had two daughters.

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