RUDOLPH WALKER was born on September 28, 1939 in Trinidad. When he was only 20 years old he left the island of Trinidad for London, to embark on a career in theatre. He is best known for his role as Patrick in EastEnders but worked on many popular TV series including Love thy Neighbour, The Thin Blue Line, Black Silk and The Crouches. He has appeared on stage at the Old Vic Theatre, The Young Vic, The Tricycle, The Royal Court and Theatre Royal among others. The ‘EastEnders’ legend – who has played Patrick Trueman in the BBC One soap since 2001 – was recognised for his services to drama and charity.
The 81-year-old actor was handed his CBE – which means Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and is the highest-ranking British Empire award – on Thursday (24.06.21) by Prince Charles in the St James’s Palace State Apartments.
Rudolph’s Foundation tweeted: “Our founder @RudolphWalkerDA collected his CBE from Buckingham Palace today. Well deserved. We are beyond proud.”
The foundation – which the actor launched on his 70th birthday – aims to nurture and develop the creative and technical skills and talents of young people by providing them with equipment and facilities, which will enable them to produce and distribute audiovisual programmes and other types of digital content relating to their culture, history, music and the world in which they live.
As well as his 20-year stint in ‘EastEnders’, the star is also known for portraying Bill Reynolds in ITV sitcom ‘Love Thy Neighbour’, which ran for eight series from 1972 to 1976.