Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Who Are Those Guys? Chris Chittell


Christopher John Chittell was born 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 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.

Chittal 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 (which also featured a young Stellan Skarsgård).

On stage Chris performed at the Old Vic in “Macbeth” with Peter O'Toole. In 1972, Chittell appeared in the unshown ‘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.

Chittell was married to Caroline Hunt (1979-2005) and is the father of Ben Chittell [1983- ] and Rebecca Chittell [1985- ]. Today Christopher is married to his ‘Emmerdale’ co-star Lesley Dunlop [1956- ], who plays Brenda Walker.

Chittell appeared in only one Spaghetti western as John McIntire in “Gli fumavano le Colt... lo chiamavano Camposanto” (Bullet for a Stranger) starring Gianni Garko.

 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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