Harry Locke (10 December 1913 – 7 September 1987) was an English character actor.[1]

Harry Locke
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in On the Fiddle (1961)
Born(1913-12-10)10 December 1913
Died7 September 1987(1987-09-07) (aged 73)

He was born and died in London. He married Joan Cowderoy in 1943 and Cordelia Sewell in 1952. He was a good friend of the poet Dylan Thomas. Their friendship in London and South Leigh, Oxfordshire, has been described by Locke in a 1970s interview with the radio journalist Colin Edwards.[2]

Locke was a familiar face in three decades of British cinema, playing small parts such as assorted working men, clerks, porters and cab drivers, with appearances including Passport to Pimlico (1949), Reach for the Sky (1956), Carry On Nurse (1959), The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964), Alfie (1966) and The Family Way (1966).[3]

On TV in 1969 he appeared in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) as a night porter. In 1972 he played Platon Karataev in the BBC production of War and Peace— a brilliant performance as a "minor" character who advances the development of Pierre Bezukhov, the central character.[4]

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  1. ^ "Harry Locke". BFI.
  2. ^ D.N.Thomas (2004) Dylan Remembered 1935-1953 vol. 2, Seren
  3. ^ "Harry Locke movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. ^ "Harry Locke (1913–1987) - Find A Grave Memorial".