Colin McCormack

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Colin McCormack was a stalwart of the Royal Shakespeare Company for more than 40 years. He appeared in numerous productions with the RSC including Ross in Macbeth (1974) and Macduff in Adrian Noble’s Macbeth (1988).

Born on December 2, 1941, in Cardiff, McCormack was educated at King’s College, Cardiff. He studied at Cardiff Art College before training at Central School of Speech and Drama where he met his wife, the actress Wendy Alnutt.

On leaving Central he joined the Bristol Old Vic where he appeared in Bartholomew Fair. He joined the RSC in 1967 when he played Donalbain in Peter Hall’s Macbeth with Paul Scofield.

He also made numerous appearances at the Royal Court Theatre in London, in productions such as Women Beware Women, Shirley, Three Birds Alighting In a Field and Jim Cartwright’s Road.

His television credits included Inspector Morse, Terry and June, EastEnders and Yes, Minister. He also appeared in the 1995 film First Knight with Sean Connery and Richard Gere.

McCormack’s recent work with the RSC included Edward Hall’s productions of Two Gentlemen of Verona (1999) and Julius Caesar (2002). He also played Pietro in The Malcontent (2003) opposite Anthony Sher. He had recently returned from Hong Kong, playing Capulet in a tour of Romeo and Juliet.

A respected and much admired drama teacher he taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Among his pupils were Ewan McGregor, Damien Lewis and Daniel Craig.

McCormack died of cancer on June 19, aged 62. He is survived by his wife Wendy and their children Katherine and Andrew.

Patrick Newley