You guys made me so happy on my Enchanted April post, when you agreed that Michael Kitchen was dreamy and Man Candy Monday-worthy! He’s just so damn charming — okay, or the characters he plays are. But he adds a gentle kindness and a crinkly smile that just make me weak. My faves are The Buccaneers and the afore-mentioned Enchanted April. Let’s enjoy some MK, shall we?
The Brontës of Haworth (1973)
A long, historically accurate, sometimes boring telling of the story of the three Brontë sisters, and their brother Bramwell, played by Kitchen.
Churchill’s People (1974)
According to The Guardian, this ranks amongst the worst of British period drama: “Supposedly a 26-part series of historical dramas, each recalling a seminal moment in the history of Britain, the series was bogged down by cheap sets, confused performances and a dismal over-reliance on expository dialogue” (From Churchill’s People to SS-GB: the worst period dramas of all time). Kitchen plays John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (you know, the “libertine” of Johnny Depp movie fame).
Fall of Eagles (1974)
A BBC mini-series following the ruling dynasties of Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Russia from 1848 through the end of World War I in 1918. Kitchen plays a young Leon Trotsky.
The Misanthrope (1980)
An adaptation of a (17th-century) Molière play; from photos it looks like it’s reset in the 1920s or ’30s.
King Lear (1983)
Shakespeare, BBC, TV movie. Kitchen plays Edmund.
The Comedy of Errors (1983)
More Shakespeare, this time with ROGER DALTRY of The Who. Kitchen plays Antipholus of Ephesus / Antipholus of Syracuse.
A TV miniseries about the life of the father of psychiatry. Kitchen plays Freud’s good friend Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow, “Austrian physiologist and physician who became known for his important investigations on the electrical activity of nerves and the brain,” per Wikipedia.
Love Song (1985)
All I can find out is that it’s a TV movie! The photos look vaguely 1940s-ish?
Out of Africa (1985)
Yep, Kitchen is in this! He’s Redford’s bestie, Berkeley Cole, who clearly has a little bit of a thing for Streep’s character.
The Pied Piper (1989)
An Englishman helps children escape Nazi Germany; Kitchen plays a baddie Nazi. Hopefully he gets punched?
Fools of Fortune (1990)
A family gets caught up in the Irish War of Independence (1919-21). Kitchen plays “Mr. Quinton.”
Enchanted April (1991)
Daw! Bleak Englishwomen escape to Italy in the 1920s; Kitchen’s character owns the castle they rent. He helps more than one of them rediscover their joie de vivre.
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1993)
Guest starring as British Prime Minister Lloyd George during World War I.
Dandelion Dead (1994)
Kitchen plays Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong, a real-life solicitor accused of killing his wife and a colleague in 1922.
Based on the Robert Louis Stephenson novel, set during the Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland (1745). Kitchen plays English officer William Reid.
The Buccaneers (1995)
The other reason for my love of Michael Kitchen! While the four young women are at the forefront of the story, there’s a sweet sub-plot in which governess Laura Testvalley falls in love with the father of her charge’s suitors (Kitchen).
The Hanging Gale (1995)
Four brothers try to save their farm during the Irish Potato Famine of 1846. Kitchen plays the baddie land agent.
Mrs. Dalloway (1997)
The post-World War I novel by Virginia Woolf; Kitchen plays a past suitor to the title character.
Oliver Twist (1999)
As kindly Mr. Brownlow, adoptive father to Oliver, in this adaptation of the Dickens novel.
Lorna Doone (2000)
An adaptation of the classic novel set in the late 17th century. I’ve never read it or seen any adaptation, the shame, so I can only tell you Kitchen plays “Judge Jeffreys.”
The Railway Children (2000)
Set in the early 19th century, Kitchen’s character is sent to prison, leading to a downward change in circumstances for the rest of his family.
Foyle’s War (2002-15)
The long-running British detective series set during World War II — Kitchen stars!
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
A young British man escorts Marilyn Monroe around England in 1957 while she’s working on The Prince and the Showgirl. Kitchen plays producer Hugh Perceval.
The Collection (2016)
A just-post-World-War-II Paris couture house. Kitchen guest stars on one episode as “Lemaire.”
What’s your favorite of Michael Kitchen’s historical costume movie or TV performances?