Norman Painting

1928 - 2009




Norman appeared in the BBC radio drama The Archers, from its trial run in 1950 until his death. His characterisation of Philip Archer gave him the official world record for an actor playing a continuous role (over 59 years). He also wrote 1,198 scripts for the programme under the pen name of Bruno Milna.
Alongside this, he wrote or adapted a number of dramas and documentaries for radio and received a Writers' Guild Award in 1967.

A talented and versatile performer, he appeared on television and in stage productions ranging from Shakespeare to pantomime.

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