Alfred Pennyworth has been a fixture of Batman’s mythology for years now, but which of the esteemed actors to take on the role did it the best?
It’s hard to imagine where Batman would be without his loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth.
A friend and confidante to The Dark Knight, Alfred is the ever-present servant to Gotham City’s renowned Wayne family who, upon the death of Thomas and Martha, became a father-figure for their son Bruce – the man who would be Bat.
Both firm and loving, refined and kind, Alfred aided Bruce in his life of crime-fighting and was always there to be called upon whenever his master needed anything – whether it be valuable advice or a non-drive-thru sandwich.
However, Alfred Pennyworth has had quite the makeover in the past year, as he stars in his very own prequel series. That’s right, actor Jack Bannon has stepped stepping into those big shoes in Epix’s Pennyworth, – a gritty adaptation of the character’s origins that delves into his life long before he began serving The World’s Greatest Detective. Furthermore, Andy Serkis will also be stepping into those shoes in Matt Reeves’ 2021 blockbuster The Batman.
That said, Bannon and Serkis aren’t the first to take on the iconic role. Over the years, we have seen a selection of esteemed actors step into that dashing waistcoat to bring Alfred to life. From Alan Napier to Michael Gough, each of them have added their own unique spin on an already iconic character. But which of them did it best?