Malcolm Stoddard

Malcolm Stoddard is a talented actor who has worked in the theatre, film, radio and television. He is actually British, though often mistaken for a Canadian actor because of his high profile there. He has appeared in several Canadian productions and is probably best known from the two successful series The Campbells and Road to Avonlea. As a youth, he trained as a farrier and is an expert horseman and rider. He got his start in the local theatre (presumably the Festival Theatre) in Chichester. He was featured in several BBC plays, Plays of the Week, including The Glittering Prizes, Reunion in Vienna and Strife. Throughout his acting career he has made guest TV appearances, TV films, commercials and mini-series, mostly in Britain. In 1985, he auditioned for the lead in a Canadian film, Loyalties, in which he would have played a doctor hiding a dark secret. Instead, producers thought he would be perfect to star in a new series, The Campbells. Of his character James, Malcolm said, “He’s a nice man. I like him, though I found him a little too ‘goody-goody’ to start with. I hope he’s a bit less so as the series progresses. But the series is about good, wholesome family life.”

Indeed, James is almost infallible, especially in the rôle of parent. He rarely shows bad judgement, displays calm, reserve and courage even when his inner passions are otherwise and he shines the utmost when he is laughing, playing and joking with his family. After The Campbells, he appeared (looking very different from James Campbell) as the rich and exuberant Malcolm MacEwan in the first season of Road to Avonlea. He then returned to Britain to star in the series Families, in which he played the patriarch of two families. Since this series ended, Malcolm has starred in the mini-series, The Girl, co-starred in a Canadian co-production of Treasure Island and has narrated several nature documentaries and appeared in bit parts like the British 1998 Peter O’Toole/Joanna Lumley mini-series Coming Home and in Emmerdale, as the indulgent Lord Thornfield, husband of the young and beautiful Lady Tara Thornfield. Whether playing the hero, villain, adulterer or family man, he has always brought a depth of subtlety and insight to his rôles.

Malcolm Stoddard’s notable credits:


Gratiano in Merchant of Venice BBC Play of the month and ITV Sunday night theatre in Major Lavender 1972

King Charles in Luther ; Johnny Trent in 5 episodes of The Brothers; 3 episodes of Colditz; Winstons brother Jack in Jennie – Lady Randolph Churchill; 1974

Glittering Prizes 3 episodes; New Avengers 1 episode; 1976

Charles Darwin  in The Voyages of Charles Darwin – main character 1978


Heartland 2 episodes; The Godsend TV Film; Dennis Potter’s Rain on the Roof TV Film 1980
The Treachery Game 3 Episodes; Blake 7 1 episode 1981
Little Miss Perkins TV Film; Wing Cdr Peter Tyson in Squadron TV Series 5 episodes;1982
Hannibal Marsh in By The Sword Divided TV Series 5 episodes 1983
Oxbridge Blues TV Series 3 episodes. 1985
Captain Blood in The Pyrates TV Film 1986
The Campbells Canadian TV Series as Dr James Campbell 1986-90 – 4 year run
The Saint TV Film; Tree of Hands playing Dr Raeburn; Border Town 1 episode; Boon 1 episode. 1989

1990- 2007

Road to Avonlea as Malcolm McEwan 2 episodes; 1990
Cluedo 1 episode; Families TV Series 5 episodes; Thatcher – the final days as Tim Bell 1991
Gullivers Travels TV Movie; The Girl TV Movie; 1996
The Bill 1 episode 1997
Coming Home  TV film; Lord Micheal Thornfield in Emmerdale Farm; 1998
Treasure Island as Capt. Smollett 1999
Doctors  1 episode 2001
Heartbeat  1 episode 2003
Midsummer Murders  1 episode 2007

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