Naunton Wayne

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Naunton Wayne
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Born Henry Wayne Davies
(1901-06-22)22 June 1901
Llanwonno, Glamorgan, Wales
Died 17 November 1970(1970-11-17) (aged 69)
Surbiton, London, England
Years active 1932-1969

Naunton Wayne (22 June 1901 – 17 November 1970), was a British character actor, born Henry Wayne Davies[1] in Llanwonno, Glamorgan, Wales. He was educated at Clifton College.

His first London stage roles were in "Streamline" at the Palace in 1934 and in "1066 and All That" at the Strand in 1935 (where he provided comic continuity for other performers). His first full role was as Norman Weldon in "Wise Tomorrow" at The Lyric in 1937. He played Motimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace (play) at the Strand for four years. He was a member of The Stage Golfing Society.[2]

He became best known for his role as a supporting character, Caldicott, in the 1938 film version of The Lady Vanishes, a role he repeated in three further films, alongside Basil Radford as his equally cricket-obsessed friend, Charters. The two would go on to appear in other films together, often playing similar characters. Their other joint credits include Crook's Tour (1941), Millions Like Us (1943), Dead of Night (1945), It's Not Cricket (1949), Quartet (1948), Passport to Pimlico (1949), and Night Train to Munich (1940), a semi-sequel to The Lady Vanishes.

Wayne also appeared alone in other films including the Ealing comedy The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) and Obsession (1949).

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