Christopher Guard

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Plays Ken Hodges

DATE OF BIRTH : 5th December 1953

FAMILY : Brother, Dominic who also has his passion for acting. His cousin, Pippa, has also had two guest roles in CASUALTY.

PARTNER : CASUALTY actress, Cathy Shipton

CHILDREN : Daughter, Tallulah, born in March 2001, with Cathy. From a previous relationship with actress Lesley Dunlop, he has two daughters Daisy and Rosie.

LIVES : Acton, London

SCHOOLING : Went to school in Hammersmith, West London.

STUDIED : Chris had a place to read English at Oxford, but instead joined the National Theatre, aged 20.

FOOTBALL TEAM : Supports Fulham

ON CHARACTER KEN : ‘He’s someone who’s life is quite outside my experience, but we’re not making any great statement by including a man who happens to be gay.’

FAVE TV : Fawlty Towers, Quantum Leap, Rock n Roll Years

FAVE FILMS : Cool Runnings, When Harry Met Sally, Twelve Angry Men

FAVE MUSIC : The Cure, Radiohead, Edie Brickell, Ella Fitzgerald, early Led Zeppelin, Dvorak

FAVE HOLIDAY DESTINATION : South Cornwall and Paxos, Greece.

FAVE FOOD AND DRINK : Mediterranean prawns, iceberg lettuce, homemade bread, Guinness, orangina and Semillon chardonnay.

ACTORS ADMIRE : Steve Martin, John Cleese, Meg Ryan, Jamie Lee Curtis.

ONE WISH : Self sufficient, nuclear free, hunger free world

REAL LIFE ACCIDENT : When he broke two bones in his foot, while playing football.

TELEVISION CREDITS : Great Expectations; Vienna 1900; Joe’s Ark; I, Claudius; Les Miserables; The Tempest; Wilfred and Eileen; A Woman of Substance; Dr Who; The Professionals; David Copperfield; Shoestring; My Cousin Rachel; Return to Treasure Island; Dead Man’s Folly; Blackeyes; Casualty; The Haunting of Helen Walker; Poirot; The Bill; Bugs; Lovejoy; The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes; She-Wolf of London; The Worst Witch; Doctors

FILM CREDITS : A Little Night Music; The Lord of the Rings; Loophole; Memoirs of a Survivor

THEATRE CREDITS : Spring Awakening; Custom of the Country; Filumena

BOOKS : Appears in ‘CASUALTY : The Inside Story’ by Hilary Kingsley.

AGENT : The Spotlight, 7 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7RJ.

DID YOU KNOW?

* In 2001, Christopher composed a song to celebrate Fulham FC’s promotion to the Premier Division. The song entitled ‘Here to Stay’ by his band Lucky Revolutions, features lead vocals of his daughter Daisy and backing vocals of his partner Cathy Shipton.

* Christopher ran the London Marathon in 1995 in aid of the ‘Save the Cottage Campaign’

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

* Christopher is lead singer and songwriter of art rock band Leapfrogtown

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