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29 May 1909|
|Died||28 September 1969
Bruce Lovat Seton was born in Simla, British India, the younger of two sons of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Bruce Seton of Abercorn (1868-1934), 9th Baronet and his wife, Elma Armstrong, (died 1960) and was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
On the death of his brother, Alexander (Sandy) Hay Seton (1904-1963) who had no male heirs, Bruce inherited the former's Seton Baronetcy. He married second wife actor Antoinette Cellier (Florence Antoinette Glossop Cellier) in 1940 in London. His address at this time was 15 Learmonth Gardens, Edinburgh. They had a daughter Lydia Antoinette Gordon Seton, born on 14 November 1941. Since he had no male heirs on his death in 1969, the title passed to his cousin, Christopher Bruce Seton (1909–1988).
Bruce was commissioned into the Black Watch in 1929 as a 2nd Lieutenant, but resigned his commission in 1932. A brief interruption in his acting career came during the Second World War and in November 1939 he held the rank of Captain in the 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), ending the war as Major (temporary). His service number was 44304 and he was awarded the Medal of Freedom.
He played Inspector Fabian of Scotland Yard in 1950s TV series Fabian of the Yard. The series was based on the career of the former Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Robert Fabian, who usually appeared briefly before the final fade-out to wind up the story.
- Flame in the Heather (1935) - Murray
- Blue Smoke (1935) - Don Chinko
- The Vandergilt Diamond Mystery (1936) - Hardcastle
- Wedding Group (1936) - Dr. Jock Carnegie
- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936) - Mark
- Melody of My Heart (1936) - Jim Brent
- The End of the Road (1936) - Donald Carson
- Jack of All Trades (1936) - Dancer (uncredited)
- Love from a Stranger (1937) - Ronald Bruce
- Cafe Colette (1937) - Roger Manning
- Fifty-Shilling Boxer (1937) - Jack Foster
- Father Steps Out (1937) - Johnnie Miller
- The Green Cockatoo (1937) - Madison - Tall Henchman
- Weddings Are Wonderful (1938) - John Smith
- You're the Doctor (1938) - Appleby
- Miracles Do Happen (1939) - Rodney Gilmore
- Annie Laurie (1939) - Jamie Turner
- Old Mother Riley Joins Up (1939) - Lt. Travers
- Lucky to Me (1939) - Lord 'Tiny' Tyneside
- Return to Yesterday (1940) - Journalist (uncredited)
- The Middle Watch (1940) - Captain Randall
- The Curse of the Wraydons (1946) - Jack Wraydon / Spring-Heeled Jack
- Bond Street (1948) - Sergeant
- The Story of Shirley Yorke (1948) - Captain Sharp
- Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) - Allan Macrae (uncredited)
- Scott of the Antarctic (1948) - Lt. H. Pennell R.N.
- Look Before You Love (1948) - Johns
- Whisky Galore! (1949) - Sergeant Odd
- The Blue Lamp (1950) - PC Campbell
- Paul Temple's Triumph (1950) - Bill Bryant
- Seven Days to Noon (1950) - Brigadier Grant (uncredited)
- Portrait of Clare (1950) - Lord Steven Wolverbury
- Blackmailed (1951) - Supt. Crowe
- Worm's Eye View (1951) - Squadron Leader Briarly
- White Corridors (1951) - Policeman
- High Treason (1951)
- Take Me to Paris (1951) - Gerald Vane
- Emergency Call (1952) - Sgt. Bellamy
- The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1952) - Gordon Jayne
- The Cruel Sea (1953) - Tallow
- Mogambo (1953) - Wilson (uncredited)
- Eight O'Clock Walk (1954) - D. C. I.
- Doctor in the House (1954) - Police Driver (uncredited)
- Delayed Action (1954) - Sellars
- Man of the Moment (1955) - Fabian of the Yard (uncredited)
- Breakaway (1956) - Webb
- Morning Call (1957) - Inspector S.G. Brown
- There's Always a Thursday (1957) - James Pelly
- West of Suez (1957) - Major Osborne
- The Crooked Sky (1957) - Inspector 'Mac' Macauley
- Undercover Girl (1958) - Ted Austin
- The Heart of a Man (1959) - River Police Inspector (uncredited)
- Strictly Confidential (1959) - Inspector Shearing
- Make Mine a Million (1959) - Supt. James
- Violent Moment (1959) - Inspector Davis
- The 39 Steps (1959) - Policeman on Train (uncredited)
- John Paul Jones (1959) - 1st Villager
- Carry on Constable (1960) - (uncredited)
- Trouble with Eve (1960) - Col. Digby-Phillpotts
- Operation Cupid (1960) - Representative
- The League of Gentlemen (1960) - Patrolman (uncredited)
- Just Joe (1960) - Charlie
- Gorgo (1961) - Prof. Flaherty
- Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961) - Prosecutor
- The Frightened City (1961) - Assistant Commissioner
- Ambush in Leopard Street (1962) - Nimmo
- The Pot Carriers (1962) - Prison Officer I / C Cell Block
- Dead Man's Evidence (1962) - Colonel James Somerset
- Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (1963) - Beadle
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