Boulting brothers

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John and Roy Boulting
Roy (left) and John (right) Boulting, 1952

John Edward Boulting
(1913-11-21)21 November 1913
Bray, Berkshire, England

Roy Alfred Clarence Boulting
(1913-11-21)21 November 1913
Bray, Berkshire, England

17 June 1985(1985-06-17) (aged 71)
Sunningdale, Berkshire, England

5 November 2001(2001-11-05) (aged 87)
Eynsham, Oxfordshire, England

Anne Boulting (?–1985)

Angelina Warnock (1936–1941)
Jean Capon (1942–1951)
Enid Munnik (1951–1968)
Hayley Mills (1971–1976)
Sandra Spencer (1978–1984)

John Edward Boulting (21 November 1913 – 17 June 1985) and Roy Alfred Clarence Boulting (21 November 1913 – 5 November 2001), known collectively as the Boulting brothers, were English filmmakers and identical twins who became known for their popular series of satirical comedies in the 1950s and 1960s. They produced many of their films through their own production company, Charter Film Productions, which they set up in 1937.[1]

Early life[edit]

The twin brothers were born in Bray, Berkshire, England on 21 November 1913, to Rose Bennet and Arthur Boulting. They worked together as producer and director whenever they could, and often alternated these duties depending on the nature of each film, although they also made films separately. They were screenwriters for their own films. Their elder brother Sydney Boulting became an actor and stage producer as Peter Cotes; he was the original director of The Mousetrap.


They began with serious, tight, economical drama films such as Seven Days to Noon (1950) and Graham Greene's Brighton Rock (1947), both with Roy producing and John directing. They then became known for a series of satirical comedy films, such as Private's Progress (1956), Lucky Jim (1957) and I'm All Right Jack (1959). John Boulting co-wrote the films. The Boultings used the same actors in a lot of their films, including Ian Carmichael, Richard Attenborough, Terry-Thomas, Dennis Price, John Le Mesurier, Irene Handl, and Miles Malleson. I'm All Right Jack featured Peter Sellers, boosting his film career, winning him a BAFTA Best Actor Award. In the 1980s, Roy Boulting directed the Miss Marple mysteries for the BBC.

Personal lives[edit]

John and his South African-born wife Anne had two daughters: one of whom is Lucy Boulting Hill, a successful casting director.

In 1951 Roy married Enid Munnik, later known as Enid Boulting, an established fashion model and fashion editor at the French magazine Elle. Ingrid Boulting, is Enid's daughter from a previous marriage. Together they had three children: Fitzroy, the eldest, then identical twins named Edmund and Rupert.

In 1971, Roy married Hayley Mills 33 years his junior, whom he met on the set of The Family Way, and they had a son, Crispian Mills. The couple divorced in 1976.


John died on 17 June 1985 in Sunningdale, Berkshire, and Roy on 5 November 2001.


Films directed jointly[edit]

Films directed by John[edit]

Films directed by Roy[edit]


  1. ^ IMDb: Charter Film Productions Linked 2013-05-24
  • Burton Alan, O'Sullivan Tim, Wells Paul; Eds. 2000. The Family Way: The Boulting Brothers and British Film Culture. Trowbridge: Flicks Books. ISBN 0-948911-59-X

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