Christopher de Lerisson Cazenove

Christopher de Lerisson Cazenove (OD 1957) was born in Winchester, Hampshire, on December 17 1943 and was educated at the Dragon School, Eton College and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

In 1967 he made his stage debut in Shaw’s Man and Superman at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester. In 1970 he landed his first performance on a London stage at the Lyric Theatre in The Lionel Touch, performing alongside Rex Harrison. Throughout the early 1970s he performed in some small parts in films and in 1972 he landed his first major television role as the Lieutenant Richard Gaunt in a BBC costume drama, The Regiment.

In 1974 Cazenove was cast as George Cornwallis-West in the major ITV series, Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill and in 1976 his boyish good looks earned him the part of Charlie Tyrrell in the popular television series The Duchess of Duke Street.

Finally, in 1986 Cazenove achieved international fame starring in the American soap opera Dynasty as Ben Carrington, the evil brother scheming to steal back the family inheritance from his brother. It was thanks to his success in this role that he landed a key role in the 1990 comedy Three Men And A Little Lady, the sequel to Three Men And A Baby. However, he was cast against his usual type as Heath Ledger's blind, lowly father in A Knight's Tale (2001). From 2005 through to 2008 he performed as Henry Higgins in the British and American theatre productions of My Fair Lady.

In 1973, Cazenove married the actor Angharad Rees, with whom he had two sons. The marriage was dissolved in 1994 and, five years later, their eldest son, Linford, died in a car accident. Cazenove's partner at the time of his death was Isabel Davis.
(The above obituary was taken from The Daily Telegraph website).