Dermot Walsh

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Dermot Walsh
Dermot Walsh (actor).jpg
Born (1924-09-10)10 September 1924
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Died 26 June 2002(2002-06-26) (aged 77)
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, UK
Spouse(s) Hazel Court (1949–1963)
Diana Scougall (1968–1974)
Elizabeth Madeleine Annear (1974–1993) (her death)
Children 4

Dermot Walsh (10 September 1924 – 26 June 2002) was an Irish stage, film and television actor, known for portraying King Richard the Lionheart in the 1962 television series Richard the Lionheart.[1]


Early life[edit]

Born in Dublin,[2] Walsh was the son of a journalist and a civil servant.[3] He attended St Mary's College, Rathmines, and on the wishes of his parents, read Law at University College Dublin.[3] Walsh studied acting at the Abbey Theatre School and spent three years with Lord Longford's repertory company at the Gate Theatre,[2] working as an assistant stage hand.[3]


In 1945 Walsh moved to Britain and briefly joined the Croydon Repertory. Upon his return to Dublin he was spotted by a talent scout from the Rank Organisation. This led to parts in Bedelia, Hungry Hill and The Mark of Cain, and the beginning of Walsh's career in film.[3] He appeared in seven films as a leading man, before returning to the theatre. Walsh later resumed his film career in a series of B movies.[2] He appeared in over forty films made for film and a hundred for television,[3] making his final film appearance in 1983.

Walsh made his first London stage appearance in George Bernard Shaw's Buoyant Billions at the Prince's Theatre in 1949.[2] A prolific theatre actor,[3] Walsh's many theatre credits included Reluctant Heroes, The Man Most Likely To, Laburnum Grove and The Mousetrap.[2] He also turned his hand to writing and producing, writing the play The Murder Line in 1967 and producing later productions, including Blithe Spirit and Stage Struck.[4]

Walsh's television work included appearances in Danger Man, No Hiding Place and Softly, Softly. He played the title role in the 39 half-hour episodes series Richard the Lionheart between 1962 and 1963.[2]

Personal life[edit]

The first of Walsh's three marriages was to the actress Hazel Court, with whom he had a daughter, Sally (1950). He had a son Michael (1969) with his second wife, actress Diana Scougall, and two daughters Elisabeth (1974), Olivia (1977) with his third wife, actress Elizabeth Annear, who died in 1993.[3][4]

The actress Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh is Walsh's daughter from his third marriage.[4]



  1. ^ "Dermot Walsh". BFI. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Vallance, Tom (4 July 2002). "Dermot Walsh - Obituaries, News". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Obituaries - Dermot Walsh". The Daily Telegraph. 3 July 2002. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  4. ^ a b c IMDB - Dermot Walsh – Biography
  5. ^ Article on the French Wikipedia

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