Roger Delgado

Biography: Roger was born in Whitechapel London on 1 March 1918 within the sound of Bow Bells making him a true cockney. His mother was French and his father was Spanish. They christened him Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto perhaps as a reminder of his heritage.

He was educated at the Cardinal Vaughn School and The London School of Economics. On leaving school his first job was in a bank, but with in a year and a half he quit for the theatre and joined a rep company in Leicester. When war broke out in 1939 the army turned him down because of his mixed parentage, he then attempted to join the air force but their reaction was the same. He did eventually join The Royal Leicester Regiment and saw active service in Europe and The Far East, obtaining the rank of Major in The Royal Signals in India. After the war he spent several years at York Rep before joining the BBC Rep in 1950. Roger made his first film in 1953 called The Captain's Paradise with
Roger was born in Whitechapel London on 1 March 1918 within the sound of Bow Bells making him a true cockney. His mother was French and his father was Spanish. They christened him Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto perhaps as a reminder of his heritage.

He was educated at the Cardinal Vaughn School and The London School of Economics. On leaving school his first job was in a bank, but with in a year and a half he quit for the theatre and joined a rep company in Leicester.

When war broke out in 1939 the army turned him down because of his mixed parentage, he then attempted to join the air force but their reaction was the same. He did eventually join The Royal Leicester Regiment and saw active service in Europe and The Far East, obtaining the rank of Major in The Royal Signals in India.

After the war he spent several years at York Rep before joining the BBC Rep in 1950. Roger made his first film in 1953 called The Captain's Paradise with Alec Guinness. He went on to appear in numerous other films such as Khartoum,, Battle of The River Plate, The Mummy's Shroud, Terror of The Tongs and In Search of The Castaways. He was nearly always cast as the suave and sinister villain.

His numerous tv series appearances were Randall & Hopkirk, Deceased, The Saint, Danger Man, The Champions and The Avengers to name but a few.

In 1970 he was offered the part of playing a character called the Master who was Doctor Who's arch enemy. He was the only actor ever considered for the role as the producer Barry Letts had remembered him from his own early acting days. Roger played the part until his untimely death in 1973.

Roger died on 18 June 1973 just outside Neveshir in Turkey. He had gone to make a comedy film called Bell of Tibet and the car that picked him up from the airport ran off the road and into a ravine killing him and a film technician, he was 55 years old.

Roger was married to actress Kismet Delgado from 1956 up until his death in 1973.

Everybody who knew Roger had nothing but praise for him time and time again saying what a brilliant, funny and quiet man he was. His popularity was such that when he died his friends and colleagues were devastated.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Doctor Who (1963): Season 10 Dec 30, 1972 The Master tbd
tbd Doctor Who (1963): Season 9 Jan 1, 1972 The Master tbd
tbd Doctor Who (1963): Season 8 Jan 2, 1971 Master tbd