Derek Blomfield

Derek Blomfield (31 August 1920 – 23 July 1964) was a British actor who appeared in a number of stage, film and television productions between 1935 and his death in 1964.[1]

Derek Blomfield
Actor Derek Blomfield.jpg
Autographed still, 1954
Derek Louis Cecil Blomfield

(1920-08-31)31 August 1920
Died23 July 1964(1964-07-23) (aged 43)
Years active1935–1964


He trained at LAMDA and made his first stage appearance at the Savoy Theatre in 1934. His stage credits included the title role in The Guinea Pig at the Criterion Theatre, a long run in Witness for the Prosecution at the Winter Garden Theatre, and two years playing Trotter in The Mousetrap at the Ambassadors Theatre in London.[citation needed]

His first film role was at the age of fifteen in the film Turn of the Tide.[2] He first came to wider attention for his appearance as a schoolboy in the Will Hay comedy, The Ghost of St. Michael's.[3] In 1964 he played the role of Count Luzau-Rischenheim in the British television series Rupert of Hentzau.[4]

He died of a heart attack, aged 43, while on holiday with his wife and family in Brittany.


Year Title Role Notes
1932 Love on Wheels Boy Film debut, Uncredited
1935 Emil and the Detectives Jerry
Turn of the Tide Steve Lunn
Mutiny on the Bounty Jeremy Uncredited
1936 Wedding Group Undetermined Role
Shipmates o' Mine Tony Denton
1941 The Ghost of St. Michael's Sunshine
1942 Alibi Gerard
1949 Golden Arrow 1st Officer in Nightclub
1950 Night and the City Young Policeman Uncredited
1951 Appointment with Venus 1st Officer - Admiralty
1952 The Floating Dutchman Philip Reid
1953 Recoil Wilbur
1954 Hobson's Choice Freddy Beenstock
1956 Reach for the Sky Civilian Pilot
It's a Wonderful World Arranger
It's Great to Be Young Paterson, Sports Master
1956-1957 Vanity Fair Dobbin Miniseries
1957 Carry On Admiral Lieut. Dobson
Small Hotel Roland
1960 Identity Unknown John Perkins
Escort for Hire Jack
1961 Persuasion William Elliot Miniseries
1962 Fate Takes a Hand Briggs
1964 Rupert of Hentzau Count Luzau-Rischenheim 5 episodes
East of Sudan Second Major Final film, Uncredited


  1. ^ "Derek Blomfield". BFI. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Turn of the Tide (1935)". BFI. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012.
  3. ^ "The Ghost of St. Michael's (1941) - BFI". BFI. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  4. ^ "TV Versions of 'The Prisoner of Zenda' & 'Rupert of Hentzau'".

Further readingEdit

  • Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 22.
  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 100.