Competition winners, brother and sister Muriel and Willy, who knew actor Chris Ellison in the sixties meet him again at an Evening with Burnside at Uckfield Civic Centre.

Review – An Evening with Burnside

An Evening with Burnside, at Uckfield Civic Centre, on Friday, September 7.

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, writes Tracy Atchison.

He 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. His audience was enthralled and laughing throughout.

We found out that his first acting performance was in a play called Woman in a Dressing Gown at Richmond theatre.


One of the oil paintings actor/artist Chris Ellison brought to An Evening with Burnside at Uckfield Civic Centre.

His first television appearance was as a doctor in the final episode of Emergency Ward 10.

Since then 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.

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.


Another of Chris Ellison’s oil painting, shown at Uckfield Civic Centre.

One of the winners of an Uckfield News competition to win tickets to the event – Muriel Gardiner who attended with her brother Willy – knew Chris back in the sixties and enjoyed chance to reminisce with him after the show.

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