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Actor returns for Prisoner's 40th
Earl Cameron
Earl Cameron has also been in shows such as Doctor Who
One of British TV's first black actors is returning to the north Wales village of Portmeirion for the 40th anniversary of his part in cult show The Prisoner.

Earl Cameron, who was 90 this month, appeared in an episode of the 1960s series, as well as four episodes of an earlier programme, Danger Man.

The PM2007 event at the Gwynedd Italianate village celebrates both shows, whose star was Patrick McGoohan.

Proceeds are in aid of Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice in Conwy.

The annual event is the third organised by a group of The Prisoner fans known as The Unmutuals.

Mr Cameron, the guest of honour, is to talk about his work, which spans some 60 films and television programmes.

Born in Bermuda, his career began when he found himself stranded in London during World War II.

One of his most recent appearances was in the 2006 film The Queen, which won an Oscar for its star, Helen Mirren.

Portmeirion
Portmeirion provided a suitably striking setting for The Prisoner

In 1960 he starred as a West Indian cab driver in a BBC TV programme called The Dark Man.

It examined the reactions and prejudices he faced at work.

His collaboration with Patrick McGoohan includes four episodes of Danger Man, which made McGoohan one of the highest-paid talents on British television.

Cameron also appeared in an episode of The Prisoner called The Schizoid Man, playing the Haitian supervisor.

Speaking ahead of the event on Sunday, he said: "It was the most unusual experience. It was something quite different.

"I had worked with Patrick McGoohan before, so I knew him well enough, as well as anyone can know him. He was a nice guy but strange.

Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner
Patrick McGoohan starred in both The Prisoner and Danger Man

"I enjoyed being in The Prisoner. I had some very good parts in Danger Man, much bigger parts.

"I liked the Danger Man scripts. They were extremely well done. Patrick McGoohan is a good actor. He made it all come to life.

"I have never thought of myself as the one of the first black actors, though there were not that many around.

"I didn't see myself as anything special in that sense, I was just a working actor. It was a great life. I've had a good innings."

The two previous Prisoner events have raised more than 2,000 for Ty Gobaith.

The hospice opened in the summer of 2004 as a "sister" building to Hope House in Oswestry, Shropshire.

They both offer respite, palliative care and terminal nursing for children.

Ty Gobaith helps care for almost 70 terminally ill children living in north Wales.




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