Person - Lionel Haft

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Lionel Haft was born in Leeds. After joining NT in 1965, he was in a Workshop reading of SS Colonel Wilhelm Shultz, followed by roles in The Advocate, Andorra, and You’ve Never Had It So Good. In 1966 he was in Mother Courage and Workshops of The Expense of Justice and the trial scene in The Merchant of Venice. In 1967 he played Black Bill Bluster in Pirates at the Barn, and was in The Ringbolter. As Linal Haft he was in Going, Going, Gone 1969.

On Australian television Linal appeared in Homicide, Contrabandits and Riptide. Stage roles with the Old Tote included Doolittle in Pygmalion and the Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice. In 1970 he was in Hobart with The Revenger’s Tragedy, followed by a season in Perth where he had three lead roles in a row. In 1971 he and his wife Buster Skeggs went to England. Here Haft carved out a career, beginning with roles in Miss Julie and Jump with Warren Mitchell in the lead. In 1978 he was playing Bill Sykes in Oliver! on the West End. Work on British television includesSexton Blake and the Demon God, Minder, Ripper Street, New Tricks and EastEnders.

His son Sam Haft was the voice of the plant Audrey in NT’s Little Shop of Horrors in 2008.

Linal Haft has a Wikipedia entry.

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