Nobody escaped justice when this famous cigar-chomping telly detective was on the case... Including this murderous lot below. But did you realise these top Columbo baddies were all British?


1. Roddy McDowall

Born: London, England
Film: Short Fuse (1972)
Role: Roger Stanford
Plot: Chemist Roger Stanford rigs a bomb in his uncle’s car so he can gain control of his uncle’s company. He then plants clues to make Columbo suspicious of the company’s Vice-President. Check Roddy out here in his fast car in the opening credits…


2. Ray Milland

Born: Neath, Wales

Film: The Greenhouse Jungle (1972)
Role: Jarvis Goodland
Plot: Columbo arrives at a kidnapping case, which at some point turns into a murder. Everything seems to be related to a trust fund managed by Jarvis Goodland, a man with a great love of orchids. See Ray in his posh Rolls-Royce here…


3. Honor Blackman

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Born: London, England
Film: Dagger of the Mind (1972)
Role: Lillian Stanhope
Plot: Columbo is in London for this crime. A respected Shakespearean acting duo Lillian Stanhope and Nicholas Frame (played by Richard Baseheart) cover up the unintended killing of their producer.


4. Donald Pleasance

Born: Worksop, England
Film: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973)
Role: Adrian Carsini
Plot: A connoisseur running a California winery, Adrian Carsini murders his younger half-brother to prevent him from selling the family business. See the cunning connoisseur in action here…


5. Anthony Andrews

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Born: London, England
Film: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (1989)
Role: Elliott Blake
Plot: Egocentric psychic, Elliott Blake, murders his old mentor by beheading him while he’s rehearsing his guillotine trick.


6. Matthew Rhys

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Born: Cardiff, Wales
Film: Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003)
Role: Justin Price
Plot: LA rave promoter Justin Price makes his first mistake when he helps his girlfriend get rid of the corpse of her ex-husband. He makes his second when he murders the tabloid reporter who had the nerve and photographs to attempt blackmail. But he makes his biggest mistake by dismissing Lieutenant Columbo, who smells murder in the last-ever outing for the rumpled-raincoat wearing detective…


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