Theatrical agent Julian Belfrage, who represented such actors as Daniel Day-Lewis, John Hurt and Judi Dench, died Dee. 28 of cancer in London. He was 60.
Belfrage was known for his fierce loyalty to his clients – many of whom stayed with him throughout their careers – and his love of life, from theater to horses to cricket.
Belfrage started his career in the theater as the understudy to Peter Barkworth in the West End comedy, “Roar Like a Dove” (1957). Seeing talents in Belfrage other than on the stage, “Dove” director suggested a new career path. Belfrage began representing actors under the tutelage of agent Kenneth Carten at MCA.
In the 1960s, Belfrage joined Terence Plunkett-Green, a leading West End agency, and soon assembled a young talented roster of clients, including David Warner, Ian Holm, Hurt, Colin Blakely and Dench.
In 1975, he was approached by London-based ICM agent Michael Whitehall. They formed their own agency, Leading Artists, and worked together until 1985.
He is survived by two sons from his first marriage. His second wife, Victoria van Moyland, took over Julian Belfrage and Associates and continues to represent its clients.