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ROLE RE­PLAY: James Her­riot

- Entertainment · Movie Stars · Movies · Celebrities · Anthony Hopkins · BBC One · British Academy of Film and Television Arts · Simon Ward · Richard Lloyd · Richard Beckinsale · Iain De Caestecker

All Crea­tures Great And Small (9pm, Ch5) stars Ni­cholas Ralph in the role of the newly qual­i­fied vet hav­ing a bap­tism of fire in York­shire. Here’s who else has played the role…

Si­mon Ward (All Crea­tures Great And Small, 1975) In this first screen adap­ta­tion of Her­riot’s first two nov­els, Ward was the big draw, hav­ing starred as Churchill in Young Win­ston (1972), while co-star An­thony Hop­kins – who had also ap­peared in Young Win­ston, as David Lloyd Ge­orge – was some­what over­shad­owed in the role of Her­riot’s men­tor, Siegfried Farnon.

John Alder­ton (It Shouldn’t Hap­pen To A Vet, 1976) The se­quel to All Crea­tures was re­leased just a year later, with Alder­ton – fresh from Please Sir! (1968-71) and Up­stairs,

Down­stairs (1972-73) – tak­ing over from Si­mon Ward. Colin Blakely was his Siegfried. Christo­pher Timothy (All Crea­tures Great And Small, 1978-90) Per­haps the best­known of the screen Her­riots, Timothy only landed the role for this long-run­ning BBC TV se­ries af­ter it had been turned down by Si­mon Ward, John Alder­ton and Richard Beck­in­sale. Iain De Caestecker (Young James Her­riot, 2011) Fo­cus­ing on Her­riot’s time at ve­teri­nary col­lege, this pro­vided an early star­ring role for De Caestecker – who later made his name as Fitz in Mar­vel’s Agents Of Shield – and earned him a Scot­tish Bafta nom­i­na­tion.

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