Michael Kitchen

Michael Kitchen Biography

Michael Kitchen as Bill Tanner in Goldeneye cast

English actor and producer Michael Kitchen has left an indelible mark in the entertainment industry with his powerful performances and versatile roles. Born on October 31, 1948, in Leicester, Kitchen was a head chorister in his church choir and performed as a soloist at a young age.

After honing his craft at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Kitchen was discovered by talent agent Peter Froggatt and soon became a prominent figure in British television and film.

From small roles in Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971) and Hammer’s Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), Michael Kitchen went on to play a wide range of characters on stage and screen.


He starred as Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle in the hit mystery-drama Foyle’s War (2002-2015) and portrayed Bill Tanner in two James Bond films: GoldenEye (1995) and The World is Not Enough in 1999. Kitchen has also appeared in notable productions such as Man at the Top, Thriller (1976), Out of Africa (1985), To Play the King (1993), and My Week with Marilyn (2011).

Michael Kitchen has been a frequent guest-star in popular British television shows such as Minder, A Touch of Frost, and Dalziel and Pascoe. On stage, he has delivered performances in productions such as Caesar and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, and No Man’s Land. He has been a member of the National Theatre Company and the Young Vic, where he played Iago in Othello.