Esmond Knight

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Esmond Knight
Esmond Knight as Fluellen (1944)
Born Esmond Penington Knight
(1906-05-04)4 May 1906
East Sheen, Surrey, England, UK
Died 23 February 1987(1987-02-23) (aged 80)
London, England, UK
Resting place
Occupation Actor, dialogue coach
Years active 1928-1987
Spouse(s) Nora Swinburne (1946-1987)
Frances Clare (1929-1946)

Esmond Penington Knight (4 May 1906 – 23 February 1987) was an English actor.

Life and career[edit]

He was an accomplished actor with a career spanning over half a century. For much of his career Esmond Knight was virtually blind. He had been badly injured in 1941 whilst on active service on board HMS Prince of Wales when she fought the Bismarck at the Battle of the Denmark Strait, and remained totally blind for two years, though he later regained some sight in his right eye.

During this period, Esmond dictated an early autobiography to his secretary, Annabella Cloudsley, Seeking the Bubble (Hutchinson & Co. 1943). He played Captain John Leach of HMS Prince of Wales in the 1960 film Sink the Bismarck!

Esmond was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1957 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the King's Theatre in Hammersmith, London.

He starred as Professor Ernest Reinhart in the 1961 British science fiction television series, A for Andromeda, alongside Patricia Kneale and Peter Halliday.

Knight died of a heart attack and was cremated. His daughter is the actress Rosalind Knight.



  • The Wild Duck - Pax Robertson's Salon, London (1925)
  • Various Shakespeare productions - full season, Old Vic (1926)
  • Various productions - Children's Theatre, London (1928)
  • Hamlet - Queen's Theatre, London (with John Gielgud and Donald Wolfit) (1930)
  • Full Season - King's Theatre, Hammersmith (1939)
  • Full Season - Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon (1948–1949)
  • Caesar and Cleopatra - St James's Theatre, London (with Laurence Olivier, Peter Cushing and Vivien Leigh) (1951)
  • The Emperor's New Clothes - Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York (with Lee J. Cobb) (1953)
  • Full Season - The Old Vic, London (1962–1963)
  • Agincourt - The Archer's Tale - Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (one man show) (1973)[1]
  • The Family Reunion - Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (with Edward Fox) (1973 & 1979)
  • Moby-Dick - Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (with Edward Fox) (1983–1984)

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