Kevin Stoney was contantly on British television during its most creative periods for drama.
He had a serious jowls, plump lips, a prominent nose and a booming voice, his roles may have often been small - he was frequently cast as doctors, detective-inspectors and pub landlords – but he always played the part with distinction.
He supported Moira Lister twice, in Joseph Proctor's Money (1951) - which saw the TV first appearance of Honor Blackman - and in 'Flotsam and Jetsam' (1960), one of a series tailored from the Somerset Maugham stories. He also did writer-director Peter Graham Scott's TV adaptation of his own stage play, 'The Breath of Fools' (1957).
At the BBC two more plays again involved him with the Irish question, 'Twilight of a Warrior' (1956) was a stage play about a ex- IRA chief now living as part of reputable Dublin society. 'This Day in Fear' (1958), written for TV, starred Patrick McGoohan as a similar character, now in London. As a priest tricked into taking his last confession, Stoney was almost as forceful as McGoohan in the revelatory closing scene. The pair had another confrontation in the second episode of 'The Prisoner' (1967), where Stoney, as McGoohan's former spymaster, sarcastically remarked on the apparent "return of the prodigal son".
Stoney also performed in 'Hour of Mystery' (1957), an compilation series hosted by Sir Donald Wolfit. In later Years, he was cast as one of the troupers supporting "Sir", whom Ronald Harwood based on Wolfit, in the film of 'The Dresser' (1983).
Stoney's films were rare, and he was normally given small parts. 'How to Murder a Rich Uncle' (1956) also had Michael Caine in the cast, while 'Jigsaw' (1962) was shot on location in Brighton.
Returning to TV, Philip Mackie's sophisticated portrait of 'The Caesars' (1968) featured Stoney as Thrasyllus, an astrologer to Tiberius (André Morell). unfortunately, this highly praised series has been forgotten in the memory because of 'I,Claudius', which came several years later.
He also worked for its director, Herbert Wise, in 'The Siege of Manchester' (1965), made to celebrate BBC2's debut in the north.
He also appeared in many BBC period dramas, including David Copperfield (1956), with Robert Hardy as David; 'The Mill on the Floss' (1965), starring Jane Asher; 'Great Expectations' (1967), and 'War and Peace' (1972), with Anthony Hopkins as Pierre. In the BBC's staging of Julius Caesar in 1959, it was correct that he should return for the BBCs project of the late 1970's and early 80's, to televise Shakespeare's entire works, in 'Measure for Measur'e (1979) and 'All's Well That Ends Well' (1981).
Stoney's numerous guest appearances included 'Dixon of Dock Green', 'Z Cars', 'The Avengers', 'The Onedin Line', 'When the Boat Comes In', 'All Creatures Great and Smal'l and 'The Bill'. He played a villain aiding the Daleks in' Doctor Who' (1965), and he accompanied the Cybermen in 1968.
After appearing in the highest-rated episode of 'Inspector Morse' (1993), Stoney retired.
He was subsequently a generous contributor to Doctor Who fan conventions and projects. His wife Rosalie predeceased him in 1985.