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Hard man DCI Burnside turns out to be a charmer

Christopher Ellison, who played DCI Frank Burnside in the long-running TV series The Bill, totally charmed his audience on Friday at the Civic Centre Uckfield.

Chris regaled everyone with an entertaining review of his acting career so far. Interspersed with amusing anecdotes and insights into the things that happen on television, film sets and in the theatre, Chris had his audience enthralled and laughing throughout.

Chris revealed that his first acting performance was in a play called Woman in a Dressing Gown at Richmond theatre with his first television appearance in the final episode of Emergency Ward 10.

Since those early days he has appeared in many favourite tv series such as The Sweeney, The Professionals, Dr Who and even Eastenders. He still continues to act in films and on the stage. His most recent film – The Krays: Dead Man Walking in which he plays Albert Donoghue, premiered in London last Sunday 9 September 2018.

Before he started his acting career, Chris trained as a graphic artist and, in recent years, has rediscovered a love of oil painting and he brought some of his paintings to the event. His paintings are sold in galleries in Brighton where he has lived for 36 years.