'Playing Dead' Film
Three thespians who have famously “died” in their acting roles are using their experiences to raise awareness of the need to talk about death and dying.
Brian Blessed, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Graham Seed discuss their screen and radio deaths and reflect on why it is important to plan for the end of life in this short film.
Brian Blessed’s most famous on-screen death, in iconic Seventies series ‘I Claudius’, saw him dead in a close-up for an unprecedented four-and-a-half minutes.
Former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh wowed critics and the public alike with her sensitive portrayal of the final weeks in the life of her character Hayley Cropper, who had pancreatic cancer.
Graham Seed played upper class Nigel Pargetter in The Archers for 27 years before departing Ambridge following a fall from the roof of his stately home.