Hugh Archibald Nairn Burden[1] (3 April 1913 – 16 May 1985) was a British actor and playwright.

Hugh Burden
Born(1913-04-03)3 April 1913
Died16 May 1985(1985-05-16) (aged 72)
London, England
Occupationactor and playwright

Hugh Archibald Nairn Burden was the eldest son of Harry Archibald Burden, a colonial official, and Caro Cecil née Jackson on 3 April 1913 in Colombo, Ceylon. He was educated at Beaumont College and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and RADA. He appeared on stage in repertory theatre in Croydon and in London's West End before military service in the Hampshire Regiment and the Indian Army from 1939 to 1942.[citation needed]

Burden made appearances in many UK television plays and series including Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space (1970), The Crezz (1976), Sykes (1979), Strange Report (1968) and The Avengers (1963).[2] He played the title role in The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder (1969). His many film appearances include One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942), The Way Ahead (1944), Fame Is the Spur (1947), Malta Story (1953), Funeral in Berlin (1966), Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) and The Ruling Class (1972).[3]

Burden acted in radio plays and was known for readings of the works of T. S. Eliot and Evelyn Waugh.[4][5] He also wrote several television and stage plays and was an Equity council member.[6][7]

He married actress Joy Hodgkinson in 1950, and had a daughter with her,[8] but the marriage was dissolved in 1955 on the grounds of her desertion.[9] A subsequent marriage to Margaret de Loebra in 1957 was dissolved in 1962 on the grounds of his desertion.[1]

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  1. ^ a b The Daily Telegraph, 25 July 1962
  2. ^ "Hugh Burden".
  3. ^ "Hugh Burden". BFI.
  4. ^ "The Thirties in Britain". 9 December 1965. p. 28 – via BBC Genome.
  5. ^ "Sword of Honour". 1 August 1974. p. 25 – via BBC Genome.
  6. ^ "Myself a Stranger · British Universities Film & Video Council".
  7. ^ "The Poetical Policeman (1969)". BFI.
  8. ^ Daily Mirror, 15 November 1955
  9. ^ "Hugh Burden Gets Decree". The Daily Telegraph. 15 November 1955.

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