Born in Manchester, he made his film debut in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942), and developed a career in the British cinema of the 1940s. Films included The Wicked Lady (1945); The Rake's Progress (1945); Nicholas Nickleby (1947); and The Small Back Room (1949).
In the 1950s he began to concentrate on a stage career, becoming an accomplished character actor, later also on television in series such as Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars and Doctor Who.
He was married to Anne Ridler and Pauline Bentley,
He died of a heart attack in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1972.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
He visited South Africa over the years to appear in a number of plays for the Brian Brooke Company, including Gaslight (1954), Dial M for Murder (1954), The Mousetrap (1954), A Man and His Wife (1972),
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