Cy Grant

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 16:19

Lieutentant Green in Captain Scarlet and Hal Mellanby in Blake's 7 ...

 

Born in Guyana (then British Guiana), Cy Grant has lived an extraordinarily varied life. He served as a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, was shot down and spent two years as a prisoner of war. His War Memoir, "A Member of the RAF of Indeterminate Race", is being published by Woodfield Publishing.

After the war Cy qualified as a Barrister at Law, but went on to be an actor on stage and in film, as well as a singer in concert and cabaret. His was the first black face to be regularly seen on British Television, singing the news in calypso on television on the BBC Tonight programme from 1957 to 1960.

He voiced Lieutenant Green in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, the first leading black character in a British SF series. He also appeared in the Blake’s 7 episode “Aftermath”, playing Dayna’s father, Hal Mellanby. He has also guest-starred in episodes of The Persuaders!, Softly Softly, Metal Mickey, Freedom Road, Born Free, White Hunter, They Met In A City, Home of the Brave and Man from the Sun.

On the big screen he has appeared in "At The Earth’s Core", "Journey To The Far Side of the Sun" (aka "Doppelganger"), "Shaft In Africa", "Sea Wife", "Calypso" and "Safari".

He is the author of "Ring of Steel: pan sound and symbol" (Macmillan 2000) and "Blackness & the Dreaming Soul" (Shoving Leopard). He was the Chairman and co-founder of "DRUM", the London based Black arts centre in the 1970s, and Director of the "CONCORD" Multicultural Festivals in the 1980s.

Cy is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Surrey, Roehampton and a member of The Scientific & Medical Network.

 

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