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24 September 2014

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Denis Lawson

Denis Lawson

Denis is best known for his roles as Tom Campbell Gore in Holby City and pilot Wedge Antilles in the first three Stars Wars films. Other credits include Bleak House and Jekyll.

But he's also well known to Star Wars fans for his appearances in the first three films as pilot Wedge Antilles. He also played John Jarndyce in the BBC's new adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House.

What's he been in?

Denis was part of an all-star cast in the BBC's 2005 adaptation of Bleak House. He played John Jarndyce, whose family are at the centre of a generations-old law suit. He's the owner of Bleak House and legal guardian of Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin), who he later falls in love with.

He was a regular in Holby City between 2002 and 2004, playing alcoholic surgeon Tom Campbell-Gore.

His many other TV credits include The Ambassador, alongside Bleak House co-star Pauline Collins, Other People's Children (2000), cult 1980s drama The Flipside of Dominick Hide, with Peter Firth, and Rock Follies in the 1970s.

He also guested in episodes of Hornblower, Pie In The Sky, with another Bleak House co-star, Richard Griffiths, and Bergerac, and was a regular in the ITV comedy drama Bob Martin.

Denis' film roles include the original Star Wars trilogy, A New Hope (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Return Of The Jedi (1983). He played X-Wing pilot Wedge Antilles, but admits to hating the fame he gained from the small role. He also appeared in the cult 1983 film Local Hero, which starred Burt Lancaster.

He's also put his voice to good use, narrating episodes of Timewatch, the documentaries on Liberace and Hughie Green.

Did you know?

He's the uncle of film star Ewan McGregor, who also has a Star Wars connection, having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the second trilogy of films. The pair are very close and have worked together on several occasions.

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