RADA-trained Edward Tudor Pole briefly joined the Sex Pistols in 1978 after the departure of Johnny (Rotten) Lydon, surviving with the band for four or five rehearsals in the Pistols den & practice room on Denmark Street. In the short association he had with the band, he still managed to help produce some memorable moments, most notably his performance in the film The Great Rock & Roll Swindle, adding his own distinctive vocals on the title track, as well as the crazy Who Killed Bambi, and beefed- up version of Bill Haleys ‘Rock Around The Clock’ .
Then Sid Vicious moved to New York, leaving Ed to move on to front his own band, Tenpole Tudor. He had UK chart hits with ‘Wunderbar’, ‘Throwing My Baby Out with the Bathwater’, and ‘Swords of a Thousand Men’. These day’s, he’s probably best known for his appearances on Channel 4’s The Crystal Maze, and various Top of the Pops.
Edward has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays as an actor, including the Rocky Horror Show, White Hunter, Black Heart with Clint Eastwood, as Mr Borgin in the Harry Potter film series, Series 2 of Game of Thrones, and The Life & Death of Peter Sellars, in which he played the part of Spike Milligan.
recent re-awakening to the live music scene has seen some classic performances, especially alongside the ‘Sex Pistols Experience’ tribute show, and his ‘one-man acoustic show’ has to be seen to be believed. Ageing punks & new fans attracted by his T.V & film roles are treated to a mix of punk, country, and pure rock ‘n’ roll. Each of his catchy tunes pays tribute to a variety of stars. His new material blending in with the classic punk anthems & his 80’s chart singles. Some people were just born to be on stage, Ed has boundless energy, and leads any audience into a charismatic, witty, madcap & fun-filled performance, captivating the attention of all those lucky enough to catch him live. But this is a new age Ed Tenpole, not wanting to be seen living on memories, a new album is being worked on, and he can be seen on club circuit with his solo show, or on the larger venue’s warming up the crowd for the Sex Pistols Experience.
He is the grandson of the Victorian spiritualist and mysticism, Wellesley Tudor Pole.