Anthony Edward Lowry Britton (9 June 1924 – 22 December 2019) was an English actor. He appeared in a variety of films (including The Day of the Jackal) and television sitcoms (including Don't Wait Up and Robin's Nest).
Portrait taken by Allan Warren in 1972
Anthony Edward Lowry Britton
9 June 1924
|Died||22 December 2019(aged 95)|
|Spouse(s)||Ruth Hawkins (m. 1948; divorced) |
(m. 1962; died 2008)
Cherry (Hawkins) Britton
|Awards||Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor |
1975 The Nearly Man
Life and careerEdit
Britton was born in a room above the Trocadero public house in Temple Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, the son of Doris Marguerite (née Jones) and Edward Leslie Britton. He attended Edgbaston Collegiate School, Birmingham and Thornbury Grammar School, Gloucestershire. During the Second World War he served in the Army and he also worked for an estate agent and in an aircraft factory. He joined an amateur dramatics group in Weston-super-Mare and then turned professional, appearing on stage at the Old Vic and with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He appeared in numerous British films from the 1950s onwards, including Operation Amsterdam (1959), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). Britton won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor in 1975 for The Nearly Man.
From 1983 to 1990, he starred with Nigel Havers and Dinah Sheridan in the BBC sitcom Don't Wait Up, which became a highlight of his career. His other sitcom appearances included ...And Mother Makes Five and Robin's Nest.
Britton and his first wife Ruth (née Hawkins) had two children, scriptwriter Cherry Britton and TV presenter Fern Britton. Cherry was married to children's TV presenter Brian Cant. Fern is married to Phil Vickery. Britton's second wife was Danish sculptor and member of the wartime Danish resistance Eva Castle Britton (née Skytte Birkfeldt). They had one son, actor Jasper Britton.
- Waterfront (1950) as Deck-Hand (uncredited)
- Cage of Gold (1950) as Nicky (uncredited)
- Salute the Toff (1952) as Draycott
- Loser Takes All (1956) as Tony
- The Birthday Present (1957) as Simon Scott
- Behind the Mask (1958) as Philip Selwood
- The Heart of a Man (1959) as Tony Carlisle
- Operation Amsterdam (1959) as Major Dillon
- The Rough and the Smooth (1959) as Mike Thompson
- The Last Winter (1960) as Stephen Burton
- Suspect (1960) as Robert Marriott
- Dr Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (1963) as Simon Bates
- There's a Girl in My Soup (1970) as Andrew Hunter
- Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) as George Harding
- Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971) as George Dewport
- The Day of the Jackal (1973) as Superintendent Brian Thomas
- Night Watch (1973) as Tony
- The People That Time Forgot (1977) as Captain Lawton
- Agatha (1979) as William Collins
- Countdown to War (1989) as Sir Nevile Henderson
- Run for Your Wife (2012) as Man on Bus (final film role)
- Britton, Nigel (1 July 2013). "Hp Sauce My Ancestors' Legacy". AuthorHouse – via Google Books.
- "Tony Britton Biography (1924-)". Filmreference.com. 1924-06-09. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "Tony Britton death: Don't Wait Up star and father of Fern Britton dies, aged 95". The Independent. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
- "The Old Vic | King Lear". Bookings.oldvictheatre.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "Eva Castle Britton (née Skytte Birkefeldt)". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
- "Actor Tony Britton dies aged 95". BBC News. 22 December 2019.
- "Fern Britton at Twitter". Twitter. 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
- The Listener. British Broadcasting Corporation. September 1989. p. 39.
- "Run For Your Wife". Jeffrey Holland. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
- Haroon Siddique (22 December 2019). "British actor Tony Britton dies aged 95". The Guardian.