- Ram John Holder
Ram John Holder is a British actor of Guyanese origin (born in
Guyanain 1934). He began his performing career as a folk singer in New York. In 1962 he came to Londonand worked with Pearl Connor's Negro Theatre Workshop initially as a musician and later as an actor. His theatre career saw him perform on the major stages in London such as the Royal National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouseand Bristol Old Vic. John Boormancast him as the Negro preacherin the 1969 comedy feature film, " Leo the Last", about race relations that was set in a Notting Hill slumin West London. He also sang the songs in the film. He again played a preacher in the Horace Ovédirected film "Pressure" in 1975, made a cameo performance in " My Beautiful Laundrette" (d. Stephen Frears, 1985) as a poetand appeared in the Sankofa Film and Video's debut feature " The Passion of Remembrance" in 1986. [ [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/536168/credits.html British Film Institute film & TV credits] (retrieved 22 September 2006)]
Holder played the role of Porkpie in hit comedy series "
Desmond's" which was written by Trix Worrelland broadcast on Channel 4 from 1989 until 1994. He later had his own spin-off series "Porkpie" when Desmond's came to an end.
Holder has appeared in several television productions and joined the cast of "
EastEnders" in late September 2006, playing Cedric Lucas. His last stage performance to date was as Slow Drag in the 2006 revival of August Wilson's " Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" at the Royal Exchange Theatrein Manchester
Holder is a talented musician [ [http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:w8FPFMrdBxYJ:www.pfd.co.uk/clients/holderrj/a-act.html+ram+john+holder&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=8&gl=us&client=safari PFD Group talent agency] cached page (retrieved
December 2 2007] who has recorded a number of albums; "Black London Blues" (1969), "Bootleg Blues" (1971), "You Simply Are..." (1975) [ [http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/ram_john_holder Ram John Holder Discography] (retrieved 12 September 2006)] and "Ram Blues & Soul" [ [http://www.algoriddim.com/_art/release.php?m_rel_id=T2454 Album tracklisting] ] . He has also released various singles and contributed to soundtracks for film and television, including three songs for the film adaptation of "Take a Girl Like You". [ [http://blaxploitation.com/s_505.html Album tracklisting] ]
He has also appeared in "
Little Britain" and as "Flying Freddy Mersa" in episodes of BBCChildren's Series " The Story of Tracy Beaker". In May 2008 Holder appeared in an episode of the BBCdrama "The Invisibles".
Down to Earth (UK TV series)
List of Black Britons
List of characters from EastEnders
Porkpie (TV series)
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/536168/index.html British Film Institute] Screenonline biography
* [http://www.landofsixpeoples.com/gynewsjs.htm Guyanese in the United Kingdom (2001)]
* [http://www.talawa.com/article.php3?id_article=187 Talawa Theatre Company]
* [http://www.tv.com/ram-john-holder/person/125172/summary.html TV.com database record]
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