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Name Michael Kitchen Image Reliable and solid Best Known for Foyle's War Early Life Born October 31, 1948, in Leicester. The acting bug bit early, and he started treading the boards with the National Youth Theatre and later the Belgrade Theatre. He then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he won the Emile Littler Award, which is given to students with outstanding talent and aptitude for the professional theatre. He graduated in 1969.

Career Kitchen immediately began gaining roles on stage, quickly building a reputation for himself. He was also keen to shun small parts in glossy productions, preferring to play larger roles in less well-attended plays. He made his movie debut in 1971's little-seen Unman, Wittering and Zigo, following it up with Dracula AD 1972. Since then, he's worked steadily on TV and in films. Among his most famous projects are Brimstone and Treacle, Breaking Glass, Out of Africa, The Russia House, Dandelion Dead, A&E and Foyle's War. He also appeared in two of Pierce Brosnan's Bond movies and starred in ITV1's drama Mobile. Love Life His current partner is actress Rowena Miller. He has two sons.

Don't Mention His private life. Kitchen rarely talks about himself.

Quote On playing criminals "I've done quite a few very unpleasant, extremely nasty people and they keep coming - but there seems to be a lot more money in evil, so I'm happy to take them."

. Michael Kitchen appears in Foyle's War, ITV1, tomorrow, 8pm
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 17, 2010
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