Earl Cameron
Earl Cameron

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Name: Earl Cameron
Occupation: Actor
Gender: Male
Height: 176 cm (5' 10'')
Birth Day: August 8, 1917
Age: 105
Country: Bermuda
Zodiac Sign: Leo

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Height: 176 cm (5' 10'')
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Earl Cameron

Earl Cameron was born on August 8, 1917 in Bermuda (105 years old). Earl Cameron is an Actor, zodiac sign: Leo. Find out Earl Cameronnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

He played Edmond in the political drama film The Interpreter, which starred Nicole Kidman.


He played Williams on several episodes of the science fiction show Doctor Who.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020


Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

He was a member of the British Merchant Navy.

Biography Timeline


Cameron was born in Pembroke, Bermuda, and grew up on Princess Street, Hamilton. His father was a stonemason who died in 1922, after which Cameron's mother took on various jobs to support the family. As a young man, Cameron joined the British Merchant Navy: "I was working on a ship, going from Bermuda to New York and back. I always had a great desire to travel as a kid, and so I transferred to another ship called the Eastern Prince sailing to South America. On our second trip, the war started. ...the British Admiralty sent for the ship, and that brought me to London." In an interview, he summed up what happened next by saying: "I arrived in London on 29 October 1939. I got involved with a young lady and you know the rest. The ship left without me, and the girl walked out too."


Cameron initially faced difficulties as a black person trying to find employment; he was reluctantly taken on as a dishwasher in a hotel and had to accept whatever casual work came his way. In 1941, his friend Harry Crossman gave Cameron a ticket to see a revival of Chu Chin Chow at the Palace Theatre. Crossman and five other black actors had bit parts in the West End production. Cameron, who was working at the kitchen of the Strand Corner House at the time, was fed up with menial jobs and asked Crossman if he could get him on the show. He told Cameron that all the parts had been cast, but two or three weeks later, when one of the actors did not show up, Crossman arranged a meeting with the director Robert Atkins, who cast Cameron on the spot. According to Cameron, he had an easier time than other black actors because his Bermudian accent sounded American to British ears (Bermuda, nearest to North Carolina, was settled as an extension of Virginia and retained strong links to Virginia and the Carolinas for the first two centuries of settlement, though it had remained British when they and ten other continental colonies had seceded to form the USA). The following year, he landed a speaking role as Joseph, the chauffeur in the American play The Petrified Forest by Robert E. Sherwood. Cameron commented that when he began working as an actor, he encountered fellow Bermudian Ernest Trimingham still working in the West End.


In 1945 and 1946, Cameron took on the role of one of the Dukes in the singing trio the Duchess and Two Dukes, which toured with the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA) to play to British armed forces personnel in India in 1945, and the Netherlands in 1946. In 1946, Cameron went back to Bermuda for five months but then returned to work as an actor in the UK. He took a job on the London stage as an understudy in the play Deep Are the Roots. Written by Arnaud d'Usseau and James Gow, this play was staged at the Wyndham's Theatre in London for six months (featuring Gordon Heath) and then went on tour. It was during this tour that Cameron first met, and worked alongside, Patrick McGoohan during a production of that play in Coventry. (In 2012, Cameron participated alongside local actors in Bermuda in a reading of Deep Are the Roots, which the Bermuda Sun described as a play "dear to Earl's heart, for it not only gave him his first break in the West End as Britain's first black actor, but he also met his first wife when he travelled on tour with the production.")


Cameron's next major film role was in the 1955 film Simba. In this drama about the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, Cameron played the role of Peter Karanja, a doctor trying to reconcile his admiration for Western civilisation with his Kikuyu heritage. That same year Cameron played the Mau Mau general Jeroge in Safari.


Cameron had roles in a wide range of TV shows, but one of his earliest major roles was a starring part in the BBC 1960 TV drama The Dark Man, in which he played a West Indian cab driver in the UK. The show examined the reactions and prejudices he faced in his work. In 1956 he had a smaller part in another BBC drama exploring racism in the workplace, A Man From The Sun, in which he appeared as community leader Joseph Brent, the cast also featuring Errol John, Cy Grant, Colin Douglas and Nadia Cattouse.


From 1963, Cameron was a practitioner of the Baháʼí Faith, joining the religion at the time of the first Baháʼí World Congress, held at London's Royal Albert Hall. The Baháʼí community held a reception in London in 2007 to honour his 90th birthday. He lived in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England. He was married to Barbara Cameron (née Bower). His first wife, Audrey Cameron (née Godowski), whom he had married in 1954, died in 1994. He had six children.


He also appeared in many one-off TV dramas, including: Television Playhouse (1957); A World Inside BBC (1962); ITV Play of the Week (two stories – The Gentle Assassin (1962) and I Can Walk Where I Like Can't I? (1964); the BBC's Wind Versus Polygamy (1968); ITV's A Fear of Strangers (1964), in which he played Ramsay, a black saxophonist and small-time criminal who is detained by the police on suspicion of murder and is also racially abused by a Chief Inspector Dyke (played by Stanley Baker); Festival: the Respectful Prostitute (1964); ITV Play of the Week – The Death of Bessie Smith (1965); Theatre 625: The Minister (1965); The Great Kandinsky (1994); and two episodes of Thirty-Minute Theatre (Anything You Say in 1969 and Soldier Ants in 1971).


His other television work includes Emergency – Ward 10, The Zoo Gang, Crown Court (two different stories, each three episodes long, in 1973), Jackanory (a BBC children's series in which he read five of the Brer Rabbit stories in 1971), Dixon of Dock Green, Doctor Who – The Tenth Planet (reportedly becoming the first black actor to portray an astronaut on television, and also became only the third actor from the series to reach 100 years of age), Waking the Dead, Kavanagh QC, Babyfather, EastEnders (a small role as a Mr Lambert), Dalziel and Pascoe, and Lovejoy. In 1996 he appeared on BBC2 as The Abbot in Neverwhere, an urban fantasy television series by Neil Gaiman.


Cameron's later film appearances include a major role in Sidney Pollack's The Interpreter (2005) as dictator Edmond Zuwanie who is a fictionised version of Robert Mugabe (then leader of Zimbabwe). Cameron's performance was praised. The Baltimore Sun wrote: "Earl Cameron is magnificent as the slimy old fraud of a dictator...", and Rolling Stone described his appearance as "subtle and menacing". Philip French in The Observer referred to "that fine Caribbean actor Earl Cameron". He appeared in a cameo as a portrait artist in the 2006 film The Queen (directed by Stephen Frears), alongside Helen Mirren. In 2010 he appeared as "Elderly Bald Man" in the film Inception. In 2013, he appeared as Grandad in the short film Up on the Roof.


Cameron was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.


The Earl Cameron Theatre in Hamilton, Bermuda, was named in his honour at a ceremony he attended there in December 2012.


The University of Warwick awarded Cameron an honorary doctorate in January 2013.


In September 2016, he became the first inductee into the Screen Nation "Hall of Frame" at the BFI Southbank, where he was interviewed by Samira Ahmed.


He told The Guardian in a 2017 interview: "I never saw myself as a pioneer. It was only later, looking back, that it occurred to me that I was." He also found work hard to come by: "Unless it was specified that this was a part for a black actor, they would never consider a black actor for the part. And they would never consider changing a white part to a black part. So that was my problem. I got mostly small parts, and that was extremely frustrating – not just for me but for other black actors. We had a very hard time getting worthwhile roles."


In 2019, the Earl Cameron Award – for "a Bermudian professional who has demonstrated exceptional passion and talent in the field of theatre, cinematography, film or video production" – was established in his honour by the Bermuda Arts Council.


Cameron died peacefully on 3 July 2020, aged 102, at home in Kenilworth surrounded by his wife and family.

Family Life

Earl married his second wife, Barbara Cameron, in 1994.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Earl Cameron is 105 years, 5 months and 29 days old. Earl Cameron will celebrate 106th birthday on a Tuesday 8th of August 2023. Below we countdown to Earl Cameron upcoming birthday.


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102nd birthday - Thursday, August 8, 2019

Earl Cameron Celebrates 102nd Birthday - Bernews

Living Bermudian legend Earl Cameron, who blazed the trail for other black actors in British cinema and TV, celebrates his 102nd birthday today [Aug 8]. Mr. Cameron, largely resident in the UK since he arrived there as a merchant seaman in 1940, made his film debut in 1951. He went on to appear in such …

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