A fierce affront to an actor’s fornication

A while ago, I came across a DVD of the 1970s miniseries called Jesus of Nazareth. I didn’t get around to watching it until last Easter weekend (watching all 6 hours of it in one go).

After the credits rolled, I hopped over to Wikipedia, to learn more about the miniseries. My favourite part from the Wikipedia article was this:

The idea to cast Robert Powell [as Jesus] originated with [producer] Lew Grade’s wife, Kathie Moody, who told her husband the actor had ‘wonderful blue eyes‘ after watching him perform in a BBC television adaptation of Jude the Obscure.

Powell came under severe criticism from religious groups for ‘living in sin’ with his companion, dancer Barbara Lord of Pan’s People, while intending to portray Jesus. The couple married shortly before production began.

And 40 years later, as far as I can tell, they are still married.

Quote source

Wikipedia (2017). Jesus of Nazareth (miniseries). Available https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_of_Nazareth_%28miniseries%29. Last accessed 14th Apr 2017.


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