Chris Chittell was born Christopher John Chittell in Aldershot, Hampshire, England on May 19, 1948. His father served in the Indian Army, and on leaving school Chittell intended to join the Royal Navy, but instead, he became a model. His first acting stint was in 1964, with the National Theatre, at the Chichester Festival Theatre, in Peter Shaffer's “The Royal Hunt of the Sun”. He appeared as Potter in the 1967 film “To Sir, with Love”. In 1968 he appeared as a Trooper in “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, and made an uncredited appearance in “If....” . This was followed by a starring role as one of the ‘Freewheelers’, made as an action/adventure children's serial by Southern Television between 1968 and 1973. He also acted for two seasons in the 1970s science fiction TV drama ‘The Tomorrow People’. His other film appearances included roles in “The Beast in the Cellar” (1970), “The Weekend Murders” (1971), “The Raging Moon” (1971), “The Last Valley” (1971), “Erotic Inferno” (1975), “Golden Rendezvous” (1977), “Zulu Dawn” (1979) and “Game for Vultures” (1979). He also appeared in a number of Swedish sex films in the 1970s including “Swedish Sex Games” (aka The Intruders and Let Us Play Sex) in 1975, and “Sex in Sweden” and “Practice Makes Perfect” (aka Girl on Her Knees) in 1977.
In 1984, Chittell played the role of Junior in seven episodes of the second series of ‘Tucker's Luck’. He also performed on stage at the Old Vic in ‘Macbeth’ with Peter O'Toole.
In 1972, Chittell appeared in the untransmitted Doomwatch episode ‘Sex and Violence’, playing Dick Burns, widely believed to be a parody of Cliff Richard and Richard's part in the Nationwide Festival of Light. The ‘Sex and Violence’ episode was included as part of the Doomwatch DVD box set release in April 2016.
Today Chittell was married to Caroline Hunt (1979-2005). The union produced two children Ben Chittell [1983- ], Rebecca Chittell [1985- ]. Today he is married to his Emmerdale co-star Lesley Dunlop [1956- ], who plays Brenda Walker.
CHITTELL, Chris (aka Charles Canyon, Christopher Chitell, Christopher Chittel, Chris Chittel, Christopher Chittell) (Christopher John Chittell) [5/19/1948, Aldershot, Hampshire, England, U.K. - ] – model, theater, film, TV actor, married to Caroline Hunt (1979-2005) father of Ben Chittell [1983- ], Rebecca Chittell [1985- ], married to actress, singer Lesley Dunlop [1956- ] (2016- ).
Bullet for a Stranger – 1971 (John McIntire)
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