Lord Cucuface in Madeline's Rescue
|Friend(s)||All the girls, Pepito, Miss Clavel|
|First appearance||Madeline's Rescue (1953)|
|Portrayed by||French Tickner|
Nigel Hawthorne (1998 film)
Lord Cucuface is the President of the Board of Trustees and makes the rules around Paris, France. Voiced by French Tickner.
During his first role, he is very strict and does not allow pets in the school. In the original special, Madeline's Rescue, he steals Genevieve causing Miss Clavel and the girls to look for her in vain. At the end of the special, the girls and Genevieve allow him to keep one of the puppies if he treats it with kindness and respect.
In the Animated Series, he is more of a supporting figure (similar to Sir Topham Hatt, or the Fat Controller in the U.K. dub of Thomas & Friends), rarely showing any grudge or contempt towards Genevieve or the girls. He was also depicted as owning a perfume factory in Madeline and the Perfume Factory, and one editor on the page has imagined him as a prominent member of the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. According to that same editor, he also owns three dome cars that make up the remaining fleet of California Zephyr passenger cars, and he has a lifetime membership with the American Association of Private Rail Car Owners (AAPRCO, for short).
In the film, he is named as Lord Covington, though he is still derisively referred to as Lord Cucuface or Lord Cucubutt. His wife Lady Covington is in the hospital and dies of an illness. Out of guilt for her death and as he is unable to continue on with the sponsorship, he decides to close the school. He is portrayed by late actor Nigel Hawthorne in the film.