Rudolph Malcolm Walker, CBE is a Trinidadian actor, best known for his roles on
British television. Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago he left bound for the UK with
the aim of furthering his career at the age of 20 in 1960.
He was one of the first Black actors to be seen regularly on British television and the
first Black actor to appear in a major British TV series in the 1970s sitcom Love Thy
Neighbour. He has had a long and varied acting career working in film as well as
television. He is currently appearing Patrick Trueman in the BBC One TV soap opera EastEnders, in which he has acted since 2001. Rudolph was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2006 forhis services to drama and a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2020 for services to charity & drama.Rudolph has always been a great believer in ‘giving back’ supporting many charities over the years including the ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust), Prostate Cancer UK, Friends of Tafo (supporting a small Ghanaian Town), Haven Hospices,Sickle Cell Foundation to name but a few.On Rudolph's 70th birthday, he launched a new foundation, The Rudolph Walker Foundation which exists to nurture and develop the creative and technical skills and
talents of young people. He believes that self-esteem is crucial to the development of responsibility and ambition in young people; and works to develop self-esteem through teamwork and common objectives and goals.The Foundation runs Rudolph Walker's inter-School Drama Award (RWiSDA),competed for by schools across the UK. In addition, Rudolph Walker's Role ModelAward (RWRMA) is presented to outstanding students who have contributed something special like demonstrating positive leadership, a good influence to their
peers and others, and a role model within the community. The Foundation alsoworks with young people at risk of exclusion in education & has achieved great results in this area.