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Henry Lincoln

Writer, Broadcaster
12 February 1930 to 24 February 2022

A British writer and broadcaster, who will be well known to fans of Doctor Who and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code novel. Lincoln was originally an actor, who notched up more than 50 small screen credits under his birth name, Henry Soskin, including Spy-Catcher (1959-1960) and The Avengers (1961, 1963). He became a writer and author, co-creating two popular recurring characters for Doctor Who (1967-1968) in the Yeti and Colonel/Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, as well as co-authoring a bestselling non-fiction book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (1982). The latter was based on a series of documentaries he researched and wrote for the BBC’s Chronicle series (1971-1979) and claimed to have uncovered a conspiracy theory over the fate of Jesus Christ. When Brown’s fictional work, with a similar central conceit, became an international bestseller, it also boosted sales of Lincoln’s book.

Read Henry Lincoln's Telegraph obituary