Michael Carter (actor)

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Michael Carter
Born (1947-06-29) 29 June 1947 (age 75)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor, writer
Years active1971–present
Known for

Michael Carter (born 29 June 1947)[1] is a Scottish actor of film, stage and television, known for portraying Gerald Bringsley in An American Werewolf in London, Von Thurnburg in The Illusionist and Bib Fortuna in the third installment of the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi.

Early years

Carter was born and brought up in Dumfries, Scotland, and educated at Dumfries Academy, where he was goalkeeper in the school football team. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, graduating in 1969.[2]


Carter's earliest role was in the Doctor Who serial The Mind of Evil (1971), in which he played a UNIT soldier and a prisoner.[citation needed] He made his film debut in An American Werewolf in London (1981) as London Underground passenger Gerald Bringsley who is killed by the werewolf. In 1983, he portrayed Bib Fortuna in Return of the Jedi (1983). He co-wrote the film One Man's War starring Anthony Hopkins.

On stage Carter has appeared at the National Theatre, in the West End, and in Broadway theatre.

His appearances on television include Rebus with both John Hannah and Ken Stott, and Taggart. He starred as the polygynist husband of Brenda Fricker and Josette Simon in the 1992 TV mini-series Seekers, and as Tulloch, head of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in Thames TV's seven part series Call Red. Carter created the role of Douglas Raeburn in twenty two episodes of BBC Scotland's Two Thousand Acres of Sky.

He has performed voice work in video games, in Demon's Souls, and Dark Souls.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 An American Werewolf in London Gerald Bringsley
1982 The Draughtsman's Contract Mr Clarke Credited as Mike Carter
1983 Return of the Jedi Bib Fortuna
The Keep Radu Molasar
1985 Out of the Darkness Julian Reid
2003 Young Adam Prosecutor
2006 The Illusionist Von Thurnburg
Attack Force Admiral Morgan
2010 Centurion General Antoninus


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Doctor Who Prisoner/UNIT Soldier Episodes: The Mind of Evil, Uncredited
1982 Nobody's Hero Dodge 5 episodes
Saturday Night Thriller Ringer Episode: Grass
1983 Heather Ann Geoffrey TV movie
Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime Rodriguez Episode: The Ambassador's Boots
1984 A Christmas Carol Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come TV Movie
1986-2005 Taggart Jack Stobo/Sandy Russell 2 episodes
1991 One Man's War TV movie
Writer Only
1992 Civvies Arnie 4 episodes
1993 The Chief Thomas Setter Episode: The Trust of Justice
The Bill Ronnie Gurman Episode: Soft Touch
1994 How High the Moon Miniseries
1995 The Tales of Para Handy Rankin Episode: Para Handy's Piper
1996 Call Red Philip Tulloch
1999 C15: The New Professionals Superintendent Episode: Hostage
2000-07 Rebus Rev John Carson/Joe Toal 2 episodes
2001-03 Two Thousand Acres of Sky Douglas Raeburn 13 episodes
2003 Seven Wonders of the Industrial World John Scott Russell Episode: The Great Ship
2004 Red Cap Maj. Gen. Guy Walpole Episode: Betrayed
Rosemary & Thyme Professor Reeves Episode: Swords into Ploughshares
2005 Casualty Michael de Fraine 4 episodes
2006 Spooks Sir Maurice Clark Series 5 episode 10, Also known as MI-5
2012 Hunted Vincent Cage Episode: Kismet
2017 The Halcyon Wilfred Reynolds
2022 House of the Dragon Jaehaerys I Targaryen Episode: The Heirs of the Dragon

Video games

Year Title Role
2009 Demon's Souls Biorr of the Twin Fangs
Blacksmith Boldwin
Blacksmith Ed
2011 Dark Souls Hawkeye Gough


  1. ^ "Michael Carter". BFI. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Student and Graduate Profiles: Michael Carter" rada.ac.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2022.

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