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Walter Llewellyn Rees (18 June 1901 – 7 January 1994)[1] was an English actor.[2][3]

Llewellyn Rees
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1939 Spotlight photo by Pollard Crowther
Walter Llewellyn Rees

(1901-06-18)18 June 1901
Charmouth, Dorset, England
Died7 January 1994(1994-01-07) (aged 92)
Barnes, London, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Spouse(s)Madeleine Newbury

Rees was born in Charmouth, Dorset, England.[4]

His television roles included appearances on Doctor Who (in the serial The Deadly Assassin playing the assassinated Time Lord President), The Brothers, Inspector Morse, Doomwatch and Coronation Street.[5][2] He appeared in a number of films such as The Dresser, Withnail and I, A Fish Called Wanda and Splitting Heirs.[6] In The Dresser, Rees played an aging member of a British touring company.[7] The play that the film was based on had its genesis in the touring company of actor/manager Sir Donald Wolfit, whom Rees had toured with in the 1940 and 1950s.[8][1]

Rees was also active in the political end of the theatre serving as General Secretary, Actors' Equity Association 1940–46;[9] Secretary, Federation of Theatre Unions 1944–46; Governor, Old Vic 1945–47; Drama Director, Arts Council of Great Britain 1947–49; Administrator, Old Vic 1949–51; Administrator, Arts Theatre 1951–52.[1]

When he was 60 years old, Rees married actress Madeleine Newbury.[4] He died on 7 January 1994, at the age of 92.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1956 Private's Progress 2nd Art Expert Uncredited
1956 You Can't Escape Coroner Uncredited
1957 Brothers in Law Farrant QC
1958 Cat & Mouse Bank Manager Uncredited
1959 The Navy Lark Adm. Troutbridge
1959 Strictly Confidential Mellinger
1959 The Price of Silence H.G. Shipley
1960 The House in Marsh Road P.J. Webster
1963 The Double Bradshaw
1968 Salt and Pepper 'Fake' Prime Minister
1970 Cromwell The Speaker
1972 The Ruling Class Lord
1974 Dead Cert Chemist
1978 Carry On Emmannuelle Lord Chief Justice
1980 The Mirror Crack'd Villager at Film Screening Uncredited
1982 The Return of the Soldier Lord Lieutenant
1983 The Dresser Horace Brown
1984 Another Country Senior Chaplain
1987 Withnail and I Tea Shop Proprietor
1988 A Fish Called Wanda Sir John
1993 Splitting Heirs Old Major


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary: Llewellyn Rees". The Independent. 10 January 1994. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Llewellyn Rees". BFI.
  3. ^ "Llewellyn Rees - Theatricalia".
  4. ^ a b "A life either side of the curtain". The Guardian. England, London. 13 January 1994. p. 38. Retrieved 29 August 2019 – via
  5. ^ "The Deadly Assassin Episode 1 (1976)". BFI.
  6. ^ "Llewellyn Rees - Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  7. ^ "The Dresser (1983)". BFI.
  8. ^ "The Dresser (1983) - Peter Yates - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  9. ^ "Llewellyn Rees - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.

External linksEdit

Llewellyn Rees on IMDb