The Demon Headmaster legend Terrence Hardiman dies aged 86

Actor Terrence Hardiman, best known for playing the title role in the CBBC series The Demon Headmaster, has died at the age of 86, his agent has said.

The stage and screen star also appeared in TV series such as The Crown, Wallander, Doctor Who and Prime Suspect, but it was his role as The Demon Headmaster in the same-titled show in the 90's that he is perhaps best known for.

He also lent his voice to 150 audiobooks, which took 4,500 hours of his time to record.

His death was announced “with great sadness” by Scott Marshall Partners, which said he was a “beloved client and much-loved stage and screen actor”.

Terrence's cause of death has not been revealed.

Hardiman terrified a generation of children with his chilling performance in The Demon Headmaster, the TV series based on the children’s books of the same name by Gillian Cross.

The drama was first broadcast between 1996 and 1998.

Hardiman’s imposing figure hid his piercing green eyes behind dark glasses – only removing them to hypnotise his victims.

He reprised his role for a cameo when the series was rebooted by CBBC in 2019.

He also appeared in Colditz, Secret Army, Bergerac and Minder.

Hardiman is survived by his wife Rowena and his two children.


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