Clive Francis is not only a writer but also an actor and successful caricaturist having designed and compiled a number of books including: Laugh Lines: The Many Faces of Gielgud: There's Nothing Like a Dane! (The Lighter side of Hamlet), There's Nothing Like a Thane! (The Lighter side of Macbeth) and more recently, A Star is Drawn. His work is currently on show at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis art gallery and the foyer of the Gielgud Theatre.
He has appeared in several seasons for Chichester, the National Theatre and the RSC and since 1966 has appeared in over twenty West End plays including: The Servant of Two Masters, The Return of A. J. Raffles, The Circle, Look After Lulu, The Rear Column, The School of Scandal, The Importance of Being Earnest, Benefactors, What the Butler Saw, Single Spies, An Absolute Turkey, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Enron, The Madness of George 111, Les Blancs at the National and An Inspector Calls at the Playhouse Theatre, London.
His numerous television appearances include: Poldark, The Critic, The Far Pavilions, Yes, Prime Minster, Oedipus at Colonus, The Rear Column, Quartermaine's Terms, The Piglet Files, Lipstick on Your Collar, The 10%ers, Longitude, Pierrepoint, New Tricks, The Queen, Mr Turner, and as Lord Salisbury in The Crown for Netflix.
Clive Francis began adapting for the stage in 2002 with his one-man show of A Christmas Carol; which he tours every year around the UK. Since then he has adapted The Lavender Hill Mob, Three Men in a Boat, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Our Man in Havana, The Loved One, Alice the Musical!, Susan Hill's The Small Hand and Ben Travers' Thark.