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Gareth Hunt    

Gareth Hunt

Mike Gambit, The New Avengers, 1976-77

by David K. Smith and Alan Hayes

Born 7 February 1942 (some sources say 1943) in Battersea, London, England, Gareth Hunt served in the Merchant Navy for six years from age fifteen, before jumping ship in New Zealand and ending up in military prison for three months. Returning to Britain, Gareth took the first steps that would eventually lead to his acting career: getting a job in an ITV studio, and later taking a BBC design course. During this time he held a variety of jobs to make ends meet, ranging from stagehand to road digger to door-to-door salesman. Coincidentally following in Patrick Macnee's footsteps, he attended Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. After a series of stints with a variety of troupes, he then followed Diana Rigg's lead and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre.

After appearing in Upstairs, Downstairs and Doctor Who, he arrived at The New Avengers. Playing Mike Gambit was very likely the high point of his career, as decent film or television roles eluded him thereafter. At one point abandoning acting, he pursued a business venture: developing a CD-ROM of British actors, which acquired no interest. He has also made noises about writing a book on The New Avengers, although this has yet to happen. Returning to acting, he achieved some degree of (perhaps dubious) notoriety for appearing, together with Liza Goddard and Una Stubbs, in a number of Nescafé coffee commercials directed by Carlos Pasini Hansen. 2001 saw him in a regular role in the ITV soap opera, Night and Day, and most recently he appeared in a cameo role in Eastenders—one story has it that he had earlier tried out for a regular role in that series, but was turned down because of his rhyming slang name.

Married thrice, he had three sons, was an avid golfer, and lived in Epsom, Surrey with his wife Mandy until he died of pancreatic cancer 14 March 2007.

 Stage

2005

The Gentle Hook

2002  

Absurd Person Singular

2000

Aladdin

Abanaza

1989

Run For Your Wife!

Detective Sgt. Troughton

1979

Deathtrap

1978

Antony and Cleopatra

Ventidius

1975

Hamlet

Guildenstern

 

 Film

1998

Marco Polo

Grand Master

1998  

Parting Shots

Inspector Bass

1997

My Funny Valentine (short film by James Breese)

1997

Fierce Creatures

Inspector Masefield

1991

It Couldn't Happen Here (Pet Shop Boys)

Uncle Dredge

1990

Grottmorden, a.k.a. The Forgotten Wells (Swedish)

Craig Lammar

1988

A Chorus of Disapproval

Ian Hubbard

1984

Bloodbath at the House of Death

Elliot Broome

1982

Funny Money

Banks

1979

Man From S.E.X.

1979

The World Is Full of Married Men

Jay Grossman

1979

No. 1: Licensed to Love and Kill*

Charles Bind

1972

For the Love of Ada

Policeman

 

*a.k.a. The Man from S.E.X., Undercover Lover

  

 Teleplays/TV Movies

1990

A Ghost in Monte Carlo

Dalton

1989

The Lady and the Highwayman

Coachman

1987

A Hazard of Hearts

Joker

1986

Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense:
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down (with Peter Wyngarde)

Peter Whiteway

1979

The House on Garibaldi Street

Kedem

  

 TV Series

2002

Eastenders

Richie Stringer

2001

Night and Day

Charlie Doyle

2000

Harry and the Wrinklies

Percy Priestly

1992

Side By Side

Vince Tulley

1990

The Castle of Adventure (children's miniseries)

1981

That Beryl Marston...!

Gerry Bodley

1976

The New Avengers

Mike Gambit

1971

Upstairs, Downstairs

Frederick

  

 TV Guest Appearances

2001  

The BBC Hall of Fame

Barbara Windsor

Himself

1998

The Best Show in the World... Probably

Himself

1997

The New Adventures of
Robin Hood

"Your Land Is My Land"

Lord Rupert

1997

After the Show

Himself

1984

Shaping Up

1982

Minder

"The Sun Also Rises"

Ted Standen

198?

Blankety Blank

TV Game Show

Himself

198?

Give Us A Clue

TV Game Show

Himself

1975

The Hanged Man

"The Bridge Maker"

Malone

1975

Space: 1999

"The Guardian of Piri"

Eagle Pilot

1974

Doctor Who

"Planet of the Spiders"

Arak

1974

Bless This House

"You're Never Too Old to Be Young"

  

 Direct-to-Video

1996

Upstairs, Downstairs Remembered: 25th Anniversary

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