20 Facts About Ed Woodward

1. Ed Woodward won the 1970 BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his title role in Callan.

2. Ed Woodward was in Cyprus during the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

3. Ed Woodward was the subject of This Is Your Life on two occasions: in February 1971 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in the bar of London's White House Hotel, and in February 1995, when Michael Aspel surprised him during a photoshoot at Syon House in West London.

4. In 1999 Ed Woodward appeared alongside his son Peter in The Long Road, an episode of the Babylon 5 spin off, Crusade, on which Peter was a regular cast member.

5. In 1993, Ed Woodward appeared in the Welsh language drama, Tan ar y Comin.

6. In 1994 and 1997 Ed Woodward starred in the BBC drama Common As Muck in which he played a binman called Nev.

7. In 1967 Ed Woodward played the eventual victim in an episode of The Saint TV series.

8. In 1990 Ed Woodward was the narrator for the official FIFA film of the 1990 World Cup entitled 'Soccer Shoot-Out'.

9. Ed Woodward had a supporting role in the 2007 action comedy Hot Fuzz.

10. Ed Woodward played the title role in the 1980 Australian biographical film drama Breaker Morant, which was highly acclaimed, and his presence brought the film worldwide attention.

11. Ed Woodward was offered a cameo role in the 2005 remake but declined.

12. In 1970, after Ed Woodward played Sidney Carton in the West End musical "Two Cities" based on Dickens's novel, Laurence Olivier invited him to choose his own role in the Royal National Theatre, and he chose Cyrano de Bergerac.

13. From 1985 to 1989, Ed Woodward starred as British ex-secret agent and vigilante Robert McCall in the American television series The Equalizer, earning him the 1986 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Drama Actor.

14. Ed Woodward starred as Police Sergeant Neil Howie in the 1973 cult British horror film The Wicker Man, and in the title role of the 1980 Australian biopic Breaker Morant.

15. Ed Woodward was succeeded by Richard Arnold as the club's commercial management director.

16. Ed Woodward was appointed to the board of directors and named executive vice-chairman of Manchester United in 2012.

17. In 2007, Ed Woodward was given charge of the commercial and media operations of Manchester United.

18. In 2005, Ed Woodward advised Malcolm Glazer and the Glazer family during its successful takeover of Manchester United.

19. Ed Woodward attended Brentwood School in Brentwood, Essex from 1983 to 1989.

20. Edward Gareth Ed Woodward is an English former accountant and investment banker, and is the current executive vice-chairman of Manchester United FC.