Anthony Nicholls (actor)

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Anthony Nicholls
Born(1902-10-16)16 October 1902
Windsor, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Died22 February 1977(1977-02-22) (aged 74)
London, England, United Kingdom
Years active1946–1977
Spouse(s)Faith Kent (?–1977; his death)
ChildrenPhoebe Nicholls
Parent(s)Horace Nicholls
Florence Holderness
RelativesTom Sturridge (grandson)
Matilda Sturridge (granddaughter)

Anthony Nicholls (16 October 1902 – 22 February 1977) was an English actor.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Nicholls was born 16 October 1902 in Windsor, Berkshire, England, the son of Florence (née Holderness) and photojournalist Horace Nicholls.[2] 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.[3]

American audiences first saw Nicholls in the company of Ronald Reagan, Richard Todd and Patricia Neal in The Hasty Heart.[3] He made his television debut in 1949[4] and continued with steady work in acting for four decades, including the 1966 Academy Award-winning film A Man For All Seasons.[5] He was already a veteran by the time of the television series The Champions,[4] where he played his best-known role of W.L. Tremayne, the overseer of three top secret agents.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Nicholls and his wife, Faith Kent, are the parents of actress Phoebe Nicholls,[6] two of whose children are actors: son Tom Sturridge[7] and daughter Matilda Sturridge.[8] Anthony Nicholls died at age 74 on 22 February 1977.[5]





  1. ^ "Anthony Nicholls – Broadway Cast & Staff". Internet Broadway Database (The Broadway League). Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  2. ^ Buckland, Gail; Horace Walter Nicholls (1989). The golden summer: the Edwardian photographs of Horace W. Nicholls. Pavilion. p. 114.
  3. ^ a b c Erickson, Hal. "Anthony Nicholls Biography". Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "BBC". The Champions- The TV Series. Retrieved 27 April 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Anthony Nicholls". British Film Institute. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  6. ^ McFarlane, Brian, ed. (2016). "Nicholls, Anthony". The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. UK: Manchester University Press. p. 1,975.
  7. ^ Ellen, Barbara (3 July 2016). "Tom Sturridge: 'If I'd been a parent to myself, I would have been scared'". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Matilda Sturridge". 1883 Magazine. n.d. Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2017.

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