David Morris (actor)

David Cedric Morris (11 September 1924 – 29 October 2007) was an English painter and actor, perhaps best known for his role as Grandpa George in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). He made his debut as a professional actor at the age of 79.

David Morris
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Born(1924-09-11)11 September 1924
Folkestone, Kent, England
Died29 October 2007(2007-10-29) (aged 83)
EducationMagdalen College, Oxford
OccupationPainter, actor
Years active2004–2007
Olwen Goodwin
(m. 1957)

Life and careerEdit

Morris was born in Folkestone, Kent. He won a choral scholarship to Magdalen College School, Oxford, at the age of nine. He went on to read English at Magdalen College at the University of Oxford. His tutor was C. S. Lewis.

During World War II, his brother was killed in North Africa. That and his own experiences serving in the war led Morris to become a peace activist. He later became an active member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and helped organize the first Artists for Peace exhibition in the 1980s.

After the war, Morris decided to become an artist, and he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. Some of his portraits and landscapes were exhibited by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Academy, and two of his murals depicting views from Waterloo Bridge are displayed at St. John's Church, Waterloo Road, London. He taught art for 20 years in the Royal Academy Schools and lectured at various other schools in London, Oxford and Brighton.

Morris was an amateur actor who staged Shakespeare productions in a converted barn called the "Bottom Theatre" at his home in Roughwood, Buckinghamshire. In 2004, he was recommended for a role in the TV mystery series Jonathan Creek by his friend, director Sandy Johnson. He went on to appear in the TV movie When I'm 64 and the comedy series Little Britain and Saxondale. In 2005, he played Grandpa George in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

He married Olwen Goodwin, a pianist, in 1957 and they had four children: Sarah, Martin, Stephen and Anna. Morris died on 29 October 2007 from a heart attack, aged 83.[1][2]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Jonathan Creek Leo Laughton-Jones Series 4, Episode 6: "Gorgons Wood"
2004 When I'm 64 George TV movie
2004 Little Britain Welsh postman Series 2, Episode 1; Series 2, Episode 6
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Grandpa George
2005 A Very Social Secretary
2005 Saxondale Old Interviewee Series 1, Episode 1
2007 Flick Father Carmichael (final film role)


  1. ^ Hayward, Anthony (6 December 2007). "Obituaries: David Morris, Actor who made his debut at 79". The Independent. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  2. ^ Gaughan, Gavin (31 January 2008). "Obituary: David Morris, Artist and teacher whose movie debut came at the age of 79". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 17 February 2011.

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