Derek Farr

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Derek Farr
Derek Farr.jpg
Born Derrick Capel Farr
7 February 1912
Brentford, Middlesex, England
Died 22 March 1986(1986-03-22) (aged 74)
Hillingdon, Middlesex, England
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Muriel Pavlow (1947-1986)
Carole Lynn (1939-1945)

Derrick Capel Farr (7 February 1912, Brentford, Middlesex[1] – 22 March 1986, Hillingdon, Middlesex[2][3]) was an English actor who appeared regularly in British films and television from 1938 until his death in 1986. His more famous roles include Group Captain John Whitworth in The Dam Busters.[4]


After working as a schoolteacher, he took to the stage in 1937, and in 1939 got his first film role. He served in the Second World War, and after the war resumed his acting career, mainly in character parts.[4]

In the early 1980s he played 16 roles in Jane Howell's television version of Shakespeare's War of the Roses cycle.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He was married, secondly, to actress Muriel Pavlow in 1947, whom he met in 1941 while filming Quiet Wedding and again on the set of The Shop at Sly Corner. They remained married until Farr's death in March 1986 aged 74.[6][7]

Partial filmography[edit]


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  3. ^ "British actor Derek Farr, 74". Lakeland Ledger. Mar 25, 1986. p. 7C. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Erickson, Hal. "Derek Farr". AllMovie. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Davies, Anthony; Stanley Wells. Shakespeare and the Moving Image: The Plays on Film and Television. p. 89. 
  6. ^ Profile
  7. ^ IMDb entry