Neal Arden

Neal Arden (27 December 1909 – 4 June 2014) was an English-born actor and writer who appeared in films, television shows, theatre productions and radio programs. He was born in Fulham, London.

Neal Arden
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Arthur Neal Aiston

(1909-12-27)27 December 1909
Fulham, London, England
Died4 June 2014(2014-06-04) (aged 104)
OccupationActor, policeman, playwright, songwriter
Years active1934–1977

In 1928, Arden moved to Southern Rhodesia and served in the British South Africa Police (BSAP).[1] Two years later, he returned to Great Britain to pursue an acting career. His screen debut came in the 1934 film version of Princess Charming.[2] Other films include "Pimpernel" Smith, John Wesley and The Shakedown.[3] He also worked in television, appearing in series like Ivanhoe and Z-Cars.[4] Arden's most notable role was on the BBC radio show Housewives' Choice, as a host for 20 years from 1946.[5] His last acting credit came in 1977.[6]

Later lifeEdit

Arden also wrote plays and songs. In 2005, he published his autobiography called A Man of Many Parts. In 2003 he retired to East Anglia with his wife Julia.[7] Arden died on 4 June 2014.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1934 Princess Charming Minor Role Uncredited
1935 The Public Life of Henry the Ninth Minor Role Uncredited
1936 Nothing Like Publicity
1938 Life of St. Paul Paul
1939 The Four Just Men Uncredited
1941 "Pimpernel" Smith Second Prisoner
1942 The Young Mr. Pitt Minor Role Uncredited
1949 Train of Events The Compere (segment "The Composer")
1953 The Straw Man O'Brien
1954 John Wesley William Holland
1954 Souls in Conflict Frank
1958 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk Uncredited
1959 The Giant Behemoth TV Newscaster Uncredited
1960 The Shakedown Harry Bowers
1961 The Frightened City Head Waiter-Taboo Club
1964 The Third Secret Mr. Morgan
1964 Night Train to Paris Insp. Escalier
1964 Delayed Flight Hicks
1969 The Assassination Bureau 'La Belle Amie' Client Uncredited
1969 The Best House in London Dr. Livingstone


  1. ^ Maxford, Howard (8 November 2019). Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company. McFarland. ISBN 9781476629148 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Neal Arden". BFI.
  3. ^ "Neal Arden | Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  4. ^ "Celebrating Neal Arden". September 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Neal Arden" – via
  6. ^ "And for my next record..." MQ Magazine. April 2004. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  7. ^ A Man of Many Parts. 27 June 2005. ASIN 0755201809.CS1 maint: ASIN uses ISBN (link)
  8. ^ "Neal Arden - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.

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