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|Born||Andrew Matthew William Faulds
1 March 1923
Isoko, Tanganyika Territory
|Died||31 May 2000
Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Bunty Whitfield (1945–2000)|
Andrew Matthew William Faulds (1 March 1923 – 31 May 2000) was a British actor and politician.
Born in Isoko, Tanganyika Territory, to missionary parents, Faulds married Bunty Whitfield in 1945. After graduating from the University of Glasgow, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1948 but first came to a wider public recognition playing Jet Morgan in Charles Chilton's radio drama Journey into Space on the BBC Light Programme.
In 1959, Faulds and his wife played host to Paul Robeson who had travelled to Britain to appear at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon in Tony Richardson's production of Othello. Robeson had only recently been allowed to travel abroad again following the revocation of his passport. It was during this visit that Robeson inspired Faulds to take up political activism.
Faulds maintained his acting career throughout the 1960s and 1970s and, in particular became a key part of film director Ken Russell's repertory company, appearing in, among other films, Dante's Inferno (1967) (as William Morris), The Devils (1971), Mahler (1974) and Lisztomania (1975). Notably, he appeared in Russell's film The Music Lovers (1971) alongside Glenda Jackson who was also to go on to become a Labour MP.
One of Faulds' best remembered roles is Phalerus in Jason and the Argonauts (1963), taking part in the skeleton fight scene with model work by Ray Harryhausen. Another was in one of Tony Hancock's television programmes, the unseen voice of 'mayday' in "The Radio Ham" (1961).
In the UK general election, 1964, the Labour Foreign Secretary, Patrick Gordon Walker, had been defeated in controversial circumstances in the Smethwick constituency by Conservative candidate Peter Griffiths. Smethwick had become the home of immigrants from the Commonwealth in the years following World War II and Griffiths' campaign had been critical of government policy. Faulds defeated Griffiths in the UK general election, 1966 and was Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency until his retirement in 1997. (The constituency was renamed Warley East in 1974.) Smethwick remained the focus of much racial tension in England throughout Faulds' office, in particular following the "Rivers of Blood" Speech by Enoch Powell in 1968 which Faulds characterised as "... unchristian ... unprincipled, undemocratic and racialist." Faulds has sometimes been named as a supporter of capital punishment on the basis of off-the-cuff remarks, but he is listed in Hansard as voting against the restoration of the death penalty in 1969.
In 1970's Faulds became known for verbally attacking Norman St John-Stevas and said that he "has not the capacity to put a bun in anybody's oven" when the discussion got heated over abortion topic. In 1978 he was pressured to apologise for calling John Davies, the Shadow Foreign Secretary at the time, a "fat-arsed twit" and then he was scrutinised ten years later for calling David Shaw "an honourable shit".
- Passport to Treason (1956)
- The One That Got Away (1957)
- Blind Spot (1958)
- Blood of the Vampire (1958)
- The Trollenberg Terror (1958)
- Sea of Sand (1958)
- Danger Within (1959)
- SOS Pacific (1959)
- The Professionals (1960)
- The Flesh and the Fiends (1960)
- Once More, with Feeling! (1960)
- A Matter of WHO (1961)
- Payroll (1961)
- The Hellfire Club (1961)
- What Every Woman Wants (1962)
- Cleopatra (1963)
- Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
- Campanadas a medianoche (1965)
- The One Eyed Soldiers (1966)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
- The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
- The Music Lovers (1970)
- The Devils (1971)
- Young Winston (1972)
- Mahler (1974)
- Lisztomania (1975)
- "Andrew Faulds". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2000. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- White, Michael (1 June 2000). "Obituary: Andrew Faulds". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 9 May 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
- "Andrew Faulds dies aged 77". The Herald. 2 June 2000. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- Andrew Faulds at the Internet Movie Database
- Catalogue of the Faulds papers at the Archives Division of the London School of Economics.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Smethwick
|Member of Parliament for Warley East