Ronald Gordon Honeycombe
(born 27 September 1936
) is an author, playwright and stage actor, well known in the United Kingdom
as a national television newscaster
Gordon Honeycombe was born in Karachi, in British India, and educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at University College, Oxford, from which he graduated with an MA in English. He undertook National Service with the Royal Artillery, mainly in Hong Kong, where he was also an announcer with Radio Hong Kong. Returning to the UK, he embarked on an acting career which led to television and public prominence as a national newscaster.
As a newscaster, Honeycombe always seemed warm but stern while on-screen. Off camera, he was a flamboyant, fun-loving character with a devilish sense of humour.
He has now settled in Perth, Western Australia, where he continues to work for radio, TV and the theatre. He regularly does voice-over work for radio and television, and documentary narrations.
Honeycombe joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
, working from 1962 to 1964 as an actor at Stratford-upon-Avon
and at the Aldwych Theatre
. From 1965 to 1977 at ITN
, he became nationally known as a newscaster. He was twice voted the most popular newscaster in Britain, by readers of the Daily Mirror
and of The Sun
. From 1977 to 1984, he concentrated on writing, while continuing many other activities, such as presenting TV shows for Scottish Television
, Southern Television
and for the BBC
. He returned to regular newsreading from 1984 to 1989 as chief newsreader at TV-am
, becoming Britain's longest-serving TV newscaster. He was voted the most popular male TV newscaster by readers of Woman's Own
magazine in 1986, and received the Television and Radio Industries Club
Newscaster of the Year Award in 1989.
While appearing on British television, he also recorded voice-overs or narrations of many TV and other documentaries, training films, commercials and cinema shorts, and has been involved in many industrial presentations, conferences, in-house videos and fund-raising charity events.
He produced and directed his own play The Redemption
for the Festival of Perth in Western Australia
in March 1990, and has settled in that area.
Beside the appearances listed below, he also presented, appeared in and narrated many TV programmes and appeared in many TV plays and series. He has also sung at major fund-raising events for various charities.
- The Sculptor (film) (2008) Gordon plays 'Gordon' in the supernatural thriller, shot in Perth, Australia.
- Bullseye! (1991)
- The Fourth Protocol (1987)
- The Medusa Touch (1978)
- Neither the Sea nor the Sand (1972)
- Let's get Skase (2000)
Since 1965 Gordon Honeycombe, beside his own books, has written for television, radio, stage and films.
- Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (1969)
- Dragon Under the Hill (1972)
- Adam's Tale (1974)
- Red Watch (1976) an account of the Worsley Hotel Fire
- Royal Wedding (1981)
- Nagasaki 1945 (1981)
- The Edge of Heaven (1981)
- The Year of the Princess (1982)
- The Murders of the Black Museum (1982)
- Selfridges (1984)
- The TV-AM Celebration of the Royal Wedding (1986)
- Siren Song (1992)
- More Murders of the Black Museum (1995)
- The Complete Murders of the Black Museum (1995)
Stage and radio dramatisations
- The Redemption
- Lancelot and Guinevere
- Paradise Lost
- The Princess and the Goblins (both book and lyrics: staged in 1994)