Stafford started in weekly rep’, fortnightly rep’ and number one tours; which included a Rock Musical. Two Edinburgh Festivals/TraverseTheatre/The Assembly Hall. Lots of original plays with and without music. Theatre of The Absurd, Black Comedy, Farce, – many productions have been farcical -, Brecht, Chekhov, Strindberg,
Shakespeare: the eponymous King Henry The Fifth, Sebastian in TheTempest, Junius Brutus in Coriolanuis, Orsino in Twelfth Night/Young Vic. Head of South African Security Forces, Major Harold Snyman in The Biko Inquest, directed by Albert Finney/Riverside Studios; which was recorded for Channel 4.
Numerous original TV plays by among others Andrew Davies and John Hopkins. Centurion, in Shaw’s Androcles and The Lion/BBC. RSM Tom Gilby in the three Spearhead series, the first set in the north of Ireland, the second set and shot in Germany, the third in Hong Kong. Loquacious country publican in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes/Granada. Sinister child abductor, Catcher, in the Si Fi serial Legend of The Lost Keys/BBC. The Board of Trade Inspector in Airline/Yorkshire. PTI Jim Alen in The Squad/Thames. Commander Trayner in Prime Suspect. Innumerable episodes of other television productions.
In film, lead role, Frank, rebelious night shift bakery worker, in comedic industrial expose, Bread. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Johnstone in The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, directed by Paul Greengrass. His principal interests/skills are in naturalistic screen work.
Other interests include garden design, especially the use of shrubs to create seperate spaces in gardens, and he has an abiding fascination in evolution, natural selection and biology; believing Darwin’s discovery is the most profound and elegant ever made. He also adores Italian cars.
Stafford is married with twin daughters.
NATIONAL PRESS CRITICISM
“Showing the film The Murder of Stephen Lawrence at peak-time on our most watched channel could turn the murder into one of those occasional real-life parables that change the way a people thinks about itself…The faces of the killers are among the most terrifying images of modern Britain, but the face of Stafford Gordon as the Met’s absurd Police Chief will remain with me as long.”. Andrew Billen, Evening Standard.
“There is, they say, a perfect production of Twelfth Night laid up for us in Heaven, but until we reach that blessed state Nancy Meckler’s Young Vic version will do very nicely to be going on with.”. Michael Billington, The Guardian.
“Stafford Gordon’s Orsino is a braw bearded Laird, for which virility much thanks.”. John Barber, Daily Telegraph.
“I have seldom felt so disturbingly excited as I was at the action scenes, many shot at night, all of them horribly convincing. What an excellent series Spearhead has been.”. Bill Grundy, Evening Standard.
“Rock solid at the centre of it all in Spearhead is Sergeant Major Tom Gilby, a beautifully judged portrayal of the true professional by Stafford Gordon.”. Robin Stringer, Daily Telegraph.
“In Adrian Mitchell’s A Seventh Man at The Hampstead Theatre, Stafford Gordon plays the Turkish migrant worker Stefan, a wily clown expert at tying bureaucracy in knots.”. Michael Billington, The Guardian.
“In this adaptation of Zola’s Germinal, the opposing groups, thrashing around with increasing frenzy on their industrial treadmill, are calmly observed by the motionless Souvarine (Stafford Gordon).”. Irving Wardle, The Times.
“The deep thinking Russian nihilist Souvarine is imbued with a quiet, self-contained iron inner strength by Stafford Gordon.”. Roger Malone, The Stage.