Ian Ogilvy

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Ian Ogilvy
Ian Ogilvy.jpg
Ogilvy in 2007
Born Ian Raymond Ogilvy
(1943-09-30) 30 September 1943 (age 71)
Woking, Surrey, England
Education Sunningdale School
Eton College
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor, playwright, novelist
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Diane Sarah Patricia Hart (m.1968–1983)
Kathryn Holcomb (m.1992)
Children 1
Parents Francis Ogilvy
Aileen Raymond
Relatives David Ogilvy (uncle)

Ian Raymond Ogilvy (born 30 September 1943) is an English actor, novelist and playwright.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ogilvy was born in Woking, Surrey, England, to Francis Fairfield Ogilvy, brother of advertising executive David Ogilvy[2] and actress Aileen Raymond (who had previously been married to John Mills).

He was educated at Sunningdale School, Eton College and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[3]


Return of the Saint[edit]

He is best known as the star of the television series Return of the Saint (1978–79), in which he assumed the role of Simon Templar from Roger Moore (1962–69).[4] The role led to his being considered a leading contender for the role of James Bond in the early 1980s, when Moore announced his intention to leave the role. Ultimately, Ogilvy never played the part (in part due to Moore's reconsidering his resignation on several occasions), although he did play a Bond-like character in a series of North American TV commercials broadcast in the early 1990s. At least once, in an episode of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, "Dragon's Wing II," he played a Bond-like British agent, complete with white dinner jacket.[5]

He did, in addition, record a series of readings of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels in the early 1980s, which were released on audio cassette by the Listen for Pleasure label.

Other notable roles[edit]

Ogilvy has had an extensive career in the theatre playing leading roles in many London West End productions, including Design for Living, Happy Family, Three Sisters, Rookery Nook by Ben Travers, Run for Your Wife, The Millionairess by Shaw, The Waltz of the Toreadors, and others. He has also worked widely in the American theatre. Among his films, Ogilvy had a major part in the 1970 epic film Waterloo, playing the role of the Duke of Wellington's chief of staff, De Lancey, starring alongside Christopher Plummer, Jack Hawkins, Rod Steiger, and Orson Welles. He co-starred with Boris Karloff in The Sorcerers, with James Mason, Bobby Darin, and Geraldine Chaplin in Stranger in the House (1967), with Vincent Price in Witchfinder General, with Tom Courtenay and Candice Bergen in The Day the Fish Came Out, with Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn in Death Becomes Her, with Peter Cushing in two films for horror specialists Amicus and with Richard Dreyfuss and Nia Vardalos in My Life in Ruins – among others. [6]

He was a friend of the film-maker Michael Reeves and starred in all three of the director's films: Revenge of the Blood Beast, The Sorcerers and Witchfinder General (also known as The Conqueror Worm). He also had a role in the short-lived 1990s American soap opera, Malibu Shores.

He has had roles in over one hundred television shows, often appearing as a guest star. He appeared in the television series Upstairs, Downstairs (as Lawrence Kirbridge), and may be best known to American audiences for this role.

He guest-starred in The Avengers in the 1968 episode "They Keep Killing Steed" as Baron Von Curt, and on BBC television in Somerset Maugham's "The Door of Opportunity", in which his co-star was Marianne Faithfull. In 1976, he featured in the pilot episode of the television comedy series Ripping Yarns, co-produced by former Monty Python members Michael Palin and Terry Jones. He also appeared in I, Claudius (as Drusus), and guest-starred in 6 episodes of Murder, She Wrote and 4 episodes of Diagnosis Murder. He appeared as Edgar Linton in the 1970 film version of Wuthering Heights and as Owen Gereth in the 1970 BBC dramatisation of The Spoils of Poynton.

In the 1990s, he guest-starred in the American television series Babylon 5, in the 1998 episode "In the Kingdom of the Blind". The series' star, Bruce Boxleitner, is the former husband of Ogilvy's second wife Kathryn Holcomb.

Writing career[edit]

Ogilvy is also a playwright and novelist, currently working on a series of children's books: Measle and the Wrathmonk, Measle and the Dragodon, Measle and the Mallockee, Measle and the Slitherghoul, and Measle and the Doompit. [7]The books have been translated into at least 15 languages, and there are plans to produce a film based upon Measle and the Wrathmonk.

He has written and published two novels – Loose Chippings and The Polkerton Giant – and two plays: A Slight Hangover and Swap!, which is currently running in Poland in its third successful year.

Personal Life[edit]

He has been married twice: his first wife was Diane Sarah Patricia Hart (m.1968–1983), who he divorced. They had one child. Now he is married to Kathryn Holcomb (m.1992).

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1966 The She Beast Philip Michael Reeves
1967 Stranger in the House Desmond Flower Pierre Rouve
1967 The Sorcerers Mike Roscoe Michael Reeves
1967 The Day the Fish Came Out Peter Michael Cacoyannis
1968 Witchfinder General Richard Marshall Michael Reeves
1970 Wuthering Heights Edgar Linton Robert Fuest
1970 The Invincible Six Ronald Jean Negulesco
1970 Waterloo William Howe De Lancey Sergei Bondarchuk
1973 No Sex Please, We're British David Hunter Cliff Owen
1973 From Beyond the Grave William Seaton Kevin Connor
1973 And Now the Screaming Starts! Charles Fengriffen Roy Ward Baker
1973 Moll Flanders (TV) Humphrey Oliver Donald McWhinnie
1992 Death Becomes Her Chagall Robert Zemeckis
1999 Fugitive Mind Dr. Grace Fred Olen Ray
2014 We Still Kill the Old Way Ritchie Sacha Bennett


  1. ^ "Ian Ogilvy Biography". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2015-01-17. 
  2. ^ http://www.ianogilvy.com/Biography.htm
  3. ^ Saunders, Tim (2004-11-08). "The Saint who has turned scribe". http://www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  4. ^ Watkins, Nick (2014-11-12). "Ian Ogilvy: Cars don’t impress women as much as men". sunmotors.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0623231/
  6. ^ "Ian Ogilvy: Saints, Sorcerers and Secret Agents". cinemaretro.com. 2015-01-15. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  7. ^ Hodges, Jodie. "Ian Ogilvy - Children's Author". unitedagents.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 

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