Dominic Guard

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Dominic Guard
Born (1956-06-18) 18 June 1956 (age 62)
London, England, UK
Years active1969–2000

Dominic Guard (born 18 June 1956) is an English child psychotherapist and a former actor.


Dominic Guard was born in London on 18 June 1956. His father, Philip Guard, was an English stage actor, his mother, Charlotte Mitchell, an actress and poet. His older brother Christopher, also an actor, was born in 1953. As a 14-year-old he played Leo, the title character who has his momentous 13-year-old birthday in The Go-Between (1971),[1] a performance for which he won a BAFTA award in 1971 as Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles. The film won the main prize at the Cannes film festival.

He later appeared in Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), in Absolution (1978) alongside Richard Burton and Billy Connolly,[2] in Gandhi (1982), and in P. D. James' An Unsuitable Job for a Woman alongside his cousin Pippa Guard.[3] He appeared in a guest role as Olvir in the 1983 Doctor Who story Terminus.

In 1978 Guard voiced the role of Pippin in an animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. His brother Christopher Guard starred alongside him in the film, voicing Frodo Baggins. On stage he played Christopher in a 1982 production of The Jeweller's Shop by Karol Wojtyła, later Pope John Paul II, at the Westminster Theatre, London. He continued acting regularly until 2000.

Personal life[edit]

He is now a fully accredited child psychotherapist living in London. He has authored more than ten works for children,[4] including "Little Box of Mermaid Treasures", "Pirate Fun", "The Dragon Master's Tale", and "Secrets of the Fairy Ring". He is the father of two children with the actress Sharon Duce, with whom he appeared in Absolution (1978).[5]




  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (30 July 1971). "Views of a Freudian Classic and an Arctic Adventure" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. ^ James, Caryn (1 July 1988). "A Bit of Burton's Legacy". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (26 April 1985). "'Unsuitable Job for a Woman'". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Certificate in Therapeutic Play". Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. Archived from the original on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  5. ^ Harvey Fenton, David Flint, Ten Years of Terror: British Horror Films of the 1970s (FAB, 2001), p. 288
  6. ^ Canby, Vincent (19 April 1973). "Genteel 'Nelson Affair' Opens" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  7. ^ "L' Homme qui a perdu son ombre (1991)". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  8. ^ O'Connor, John J. (18 November 1972). "Irish Island Drama is No. 100 on 'Hall of Fame'" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013. The actors were all impressive, especially young Mr. Guard, who provided an attractively lean performance in a role that could have easily been overstuffed with theatrics.


  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 314-315.

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