Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Oz Clarke Wine Expert BBC Interview…..
Oz Clarke’s is of Irish descent and was raised Roman Catholic.
He was brought up near Canterbury with a brother and a sister. Clarke became a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and subsequently won a choral scholarship to The King’s School, Canterbury.
He later attended Pembroke College, Oxford where he studied theology and psychology and became Common Room President.
He played University hockey, was University punting champion, sang with Schola Cantorum, and acted with the dramatic society and the Oxford Revue at the Edinburgh Festival. He also captained the wine-tasting team
Oz is the master of wine who’s never thought of something to say! Oz’s latest edition of his wine guide is out now for 2011.
Here’s Oz in conversation with Alex Belfield…
When a wine expert dropped out of the new BBC show Food and Drink, the acclaimed television producer Peter Bazalgette allegedly shouted, ‘Get me the actor who knows about wine’.
They did, and Clarke’s career began to shift away from theatre towards wine, but not out of the entertainment business. He and Jilly Goolden became the voices and faces of wine in Britain for a generation.
He played one of the first criminals apprehended by Superman in the 1978 film Superman, a terrorist in Superman II, a Special Branch man in Who Dares Wins, and Balthasar in Stuart Burge’s 1984 film of Much Ado About Nothing. He sang the baritone role – and Sam Gamgee’s song – in the BBC adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, and recorded Stephen Oliver’s A Man of Feeling for Granada TV.
In December 2011, Clarke was one of the team in the BBC Two programme broadcast on 18 December 2011 called James May’s Man Lab Christmas Special.
Recorded November 2010 by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio.