George Baker started his long and varied career in the theatre. He began in the repertory theatre where he learnt his craft. Very soon he moved to London's West End. His first appearance was at the Haymarket Theatre in Frederick Lonsdale's "Aren't We All?"
From there he entered films: "The Intruder" and "The Dambusters" won him a contract with Associated British Pictures and starring roles in "The Ship That Died of Shame", "The Feminine Touch", "A Hill in Korea", "The Dangerous Years", "The Woman for Joe", "The Moonraker", "Goodbye Mr Chips", "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", "The Spy Who Loved Me", "The 39 Steps", "North Sea Hijack", "Justine", "Hopscotch", "For Queen and Country".
While pursuing his film career he also worked in theatre. He starred in twenty seven West End plays and played three seasons with the Old Vic Company.
He played Broadway in Noel Coward's "Look After Lulu" at the Henry Millar Theatre. The play he most enjoyed was Margaruite Duras' "Days in the Trees" with Dame Peggy Ashcroft for the RSC directed by John Schlesinger.
For five years he ran his own theatre company as Actor/Manager, directing a great many of the plays himself.
He became a partner in a film company making 'in house' and corporate and training films, which he wrote and directed.
His television appearances are numerous; he has appeared in 96 television plays. The most enjoyable for George were his own comedy series "Bowler", the Emperor Tiberius in "I Claudius" and his present series, "The Ruth Rendell Mysteries" in which he stars as Inspector Wexford. He returned to comedy with "No Job for a Lady" with Penelope Keith and has recently starred in "Midsomer Murders" and "Spooks".
His poetry has been broadcast on BBC 'Poets Today' and 'Poetry Now'. He has written thirteen plays for School Radio, some of which have been published by Century Hutchinson. He has written over thirty hours of main stream comedy and drama for the BBC. His play "The Fatal Spring" won the United Nations Media Peace Prize, Award of Merit. While starring in "The Ruth Rendell Mysteries" George was commissioned to write two of the titles "From Doon With Death" and "Mouse in the Corner".
"From Doon With Death" has been nominated for a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award.
The adaptation of Ruth Rendell's "The Strawberry Tree" was shown on television earlier in the year.
Other credits include: Lord Dorincourt in "Little Lord Fauntleroy", The Alderman in "Johnny and The Dead", The adaptation of Ruth Rendell's "Road Rage" (shown on television 1998), "Back to The Secret Garden" with John Plowright, Ruth Rendell's "Harm Done" (shown on television Nov 2000). His autobiography "The Way to Wexford" was published in September 2002.