Anthony Nicholls (actor)

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Anthony Nicholls
Born Sydney Horace Nicholls
16 October 1902
Windsor, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Died 22 February 1977
(aged 74)
London, England,
United Kingdom
Years active 1930s–1977
Spouse(s) Faith Heaslip (Kent) (2 children)

Anthony Nicholls (16 October 1902 – 22 February 1977)[1] was an English film, television and stage actor.

Life and career[edit]

Nicholls was born Sydney Horace Nicholls on 16 October 1902 in Windsor, England, the son of Florence (née Holderness) and photojournalist Horace Nicholls.[2] He served in the Royal Artillery.[1] In post-war years he met the much younger Faith (Heaslip) Kent during a production of Vanity Fair. They married in 1947, and had two children, actresses Kate Nicholls and Phoebe Nicholls.[3] Distinguishing himself on the Shakespearean stage alongside the Redgrave family, Laurence Olivier and Peter O'Toole, he would go on to make the portrayal of government officials a way of life in his films.[4]

American audiences first saw Nicholls in the company of Ronald Reagan, Richard Todd and Patricia Neal in The Hasty Heart.[4] He made his television debut in 1949[5] and continued with steady work in acting for four decades, including the 1966 Academy Award-winning film A Man For All Seasons. He was already a veteran by the time of the television series The Champions,[5] where he played his best-known role of W.L. Tremayne, the overseer of three top secret agents.[4] He died aged 74 in 1977. His grandson Tom Sturridge is also an actor.





  1. ^ a b "". Biography for Anthony Nicholls. Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  2. ^ Buckland, Gail; Horace Walter Nicholls (1989). The golden summer: the Edwardian photographs of Horace W. Nicholls. Pavilion. p. 114. 
  3. ^ "". Biography for Faith Kent. Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c "Allmovie". Anthony Nicholls. Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "BBC". The Champions- The TV Series. Retrieved 27 April 2007. 

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