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THIS STORY LAST UPDATED: 26 September 2005 1427 BST
Interview with Michael Sheard
Michael Sheard
Michael Sheard as Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back

Well-known TV and film actor Michael Sheard recently visited Swindon to help raise money for Children in Need 2003.

Listen to our interview.

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Space Station Pudsey - BBC Radio Swindon's Doctor Who-themed fund-raising event for Children in Need 2003 was boosted by the presence of a certain familiar thespian.

Michael Sheard
Michael Sheard wearing his Mr Bronson wig!

You will recognise the face but you may not remember the name - actor Michael Sheard has appeared in everything in his distinguished 35-year-long career.

He enjoyed no less than six separate appearances in Doctor Who alongside five different Doctor's and other cult TV appearances have included Blake's 7, Space 1999, The New Avengers and The Persuaders.

Notable TV stints included All Creatures Great and Small, On The Buses and Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade are just some of the movies in which he has guested. In the latter movie he portrayed Adolf Hitler, a role he has played five times to date.

Michael as Mr Bronson
Michael as Mr Bronson

However, he must surely be most well-known for playing Mr Bronson, the toupee-wearing fascistic teacher in five seasons of popular BBC childrens school drama Grange Hill.

Despite his heavy work schedule he has found time to pen three best-selling books of his memoirs.

He is also a regular guest on the Sci-Fi convention circuit both in the UK and the US and is currently preparing to attend his first event in Brazil!

BBC Wiltshire chatted to Michael about his varied career which you can listen to in streaming Real Audio by clicking the links below.

Michael on Doctor Who
How he almost became the Doctor, what he thought of K-9 and what to expect on the forthcoming Pyramids of Mars DVD.

Michael on films
What it was like to work with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies.

Michael on Hitler
On how he came to play Adolf Hitler five times.

Michael on Sci-Fi conventions
Why he loves appearing at conventions and what he gets up to. His next one is an On The Buses event!

Michael on writing his memoirs
How did he remember everything he'd done over the years?

Michael on Grange Hill
What it was like to work with so many children and some classic Bronsonisms!

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