Sean Caffrey was part of a generation of actors that came out of Northern Ireland in the 1960s to find prominence on British television.
He made his small-screen debut in Boy in the Smoke in 1965, and capitalised on the impact he made the following year in Redcap by joining the long-running No Hiding Place in its tenth series in 1967.
A familiar television face, he appeared in episodes of Coronation Street, Z Cars, Softly Softly – Task Force, The Brothers, Dr Who, Minder, Harry’s Game, Edge of Darkness and Bergerac, among other programmes.
His film credits included Run With the Wind alongside Francesca Annis and I Was Happy Here opposite Sarah Miles and Cyril Cusack (both 1966), Ascendancy (1983), Resurrection Man, Crossmaheart and Divorcing Jack (all 1998).
On stage, Caffrey appeared in The Creeper (Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, 1969), Brendan Behan’s The Hostage (Greenwich Theatre, 1970), opposite Alfred Marks in How the Other Half Lives (Churchill Theatre, Bromley, 1978), Peter Sheridan’s The Liberty Suit (Project Arts Centre, Dublin, and Royal Court, 1980), and Loot and Macbeth (Bristol Old Vic, 1987).
A long relationship with Belfast’s Lyric Theatre included Stewart Parker’s Spokesong (1989), Graham Reid’s Lengthening Shadows (1995), Bill Morrison’s Drive On! (1996) and Gary Mitchell’s Marching On (2000).
Caffrey was also an adept set designer and sometime writer, most notably with his own one-man play Nora Surrender, based on his staunchly Protestant mother, which was seen at the Wimbledon Theatre in 1989.
In the early 1990s, he ran an acting for television course at Ealing College, London.
Sean Caffrey was born on April 15, 1940, in the Loyalist heartland of east Belfast. He died ten days after his 73rd birthday on April 25.
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