Actor Terrence Hardiman, best known for playing the title role in the CBBC series The Demon Headmaster, has died at the age of 86, his agent has said.
The stage and screen star also appeared in TV series such as The Crown, Wallander, Doctor Who and Prime Suspect.
The Londoner narrated hundreds of audiobooks, too, including series by the likes of Colin Dexter, Anne Perry and Ruth Rendell.
But it was The Demon Headmaster that made Hardiman a household name.
The series was a massive hit in the mid-1990s which saw Hardiman play the sinister schoolmaster who used the power of hypnosis to enact his evil schemes.
Actor Terrence Hardiman (pictured in the TV programme Crown Court), best known for playing the title role in the CBBC series The Demon Headmaster, has died at the age of 86, his agent has said.
The plot was based on the series of books written by Gillian Cross.
Speaking in 2019 about taking up the role, Hardiman told Radio Times: ‘I thought, ‘What a horrible character. How lovely. A real villain of a piece. Why not?”’
He said he had ‘no idea’ it would become such a success, adding: ‘I started to be recognised in the street, especially as I lived near schools around here, in North-West London.
‘And there were people – youngsters – looking at me, and shouting out at me, and making fun of me, which is very healthy. It stopped me being too grand!
‘But then the slightly more remarkable thing, I found, was that it wasn’t just children who were watching. It was parents and other people, too.’
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