Edward Hardwicke's theatre credits include seasons at the Bristol Old Vic, the Oxford Playhouse and the London Old Vic followed by five years at the National Theatre under the direction of Laurence Olivier in various productions including Othello, Royal Hunt of the Sun, The Master Builder, Love for Love, Rules of the Game, The Idiot, Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Camille in A Flea in her Ear for which he won the Clarence Derwent award.
Appearances in the West End include Photo Finish – Saville Theatre, On Approval – Haymarket Theatre, Can You Hear Me at the Back – Picadilly Theatre and The Secret of Sherlock Holmes -Wyndhams Theatre. He was in Oliviers Company at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and has more recently appeared there in Retreat from Moscow and The Winslow Boy, as well as touring with Alan Bennett's Office Suite.
His many television credits include Pat Grant in Colditz, Strangers and Brothers, Drummonds, The Pallisers, Life at Stake, The Lady Killers, Some Mothers Do 'Ave Em, The Gathering Storm, The Alchemists and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in Granada Television series Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett.
Edward's film career started as a child in A Guy named Joe with Spencer Tracy and then later in Hell Below Zero with Alan Ladd, and much later …... Otley, Day of the Jackal, The Black Windmill, The Odd Job, Othello, A Flea in her Ear, Richard III, Photographing Fairies, Elizabeth, Enigma, The Scarlet Letter, Shadowlands, a remake of She, and Love Actually. He was recently seen as Mr. Brownlow, starring alongside Sir Ben Kingsley in Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist.