Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
9 June 2017
|Preceded by||Douglas Carswell|
Giles Francis Watling
18 February 1953
Chingford, Essex, England
Vanda Brinkworth (m. 1979)
|Relatives||Deborah Watling (sister)|
Dilys Watling (maternal half-sister)
Early life and education
Born in Chingford to actress Patricia Hicks (1919–2011) and her husband actor Jack Watling, Giles Watling was educated at Forest School in Walthamstow. He is the younger brother of the actress Deborah Watling and the younger half-brother of actress Dilys Watling. The Watlings are all direct descendants of the 19th-century antiquarian/artist Hamlet Watling.
Watling has worked extensively in the British theatre and on television, but is probably best known for the role of the vicar Oswald in Carla Lane's series Bread. He has also directed several UK touring theatre productions. He took on the role of Bob in the UK Tour of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' in 2013, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Royal Theatrical Fund, a charity in aid of any person in need who has professionally practised or contributed to the theatrical arts.
He was a Conservative councillor for Frinton ward on Tendring District Council, having been first elected in the 2007 United Kingdom local elections. On 10 September 2014 he was shortlisted in the Conservatives' Clacton open primary to decide the party's candidate against Douglas Carswell in the Clacton by-election and was adopted following a public meeting on 11 September 2014. He lost the by-election in 2014 and the general election in 2015, but was elected in the general election in 2017.
|1965||Gideon's Way||Malcolm Gideon||8 episodes|
|1974||Upstairs, Downstairs||2nd Lt. James Marriott||1 episode|
|1978||You're Only Young Twice||PC Henry||1 episode|
|1979||The Human Factor||Colin|
|1979-1980||How's Your Father?||Martin Matthews||13 episodes|
|1980||Keep It in the Family||Young man||1 episode|
|1984||No Place Like Home||Maurice||1 episode|
|1992||'Allo 'Allo!||Major Twistleton-Smythe||1 episode|
|1997||Melissa||Gangster at Airport||1 episode|
|1999||Grange Hill||Mr. Radcliffe||1 episode|
|2001||The Tutankhamun Conspiracy||Howard Carter||TV movie|
- "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11782.
- Mason, Rowena (11 September 2014). "Conservatives select former 1980s television star to fight Ukip in Clacton". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- Parliament UK
- "Watling, Giles Francis, (born 18 Feb. 1953), MP (C) Clacton, since 2017". Who's Who. 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.289481.
- "Two Conservative councillors to fight Clacton primary". BBC News. 10 September 2014.
- "Clacton: Bread's Giles Watling to stand for Conservatives". BBC News. 10 September 2014.
- "Councillor Watling G F". Tendring District Council. 3 May 2007. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- James Dwan (10 September 2014). "TORY 'open primary' candidates for Clacton by-election are Frinton actor Giles Watling and Colchester councillor Sue Lissimore". Clacton & Frinton Gazette. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- "Two candidates shortlisted for the Clacton by-election". Conservativehome.com. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Giles Watling.|
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Giles Watling on IMDb
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