Marne Maitland

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Marne Maitland
Actor Marne Maitland.jpg
Born James Marne Kumar Maitland
1 May 1920
Calcutta, British India
Died March 1992 (aged 71)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937–1990

James Marne Kumar Maitland (1 May 1920 – March 1992)[1][2] was an Anglo-Indian character actor in films and television programmes.[3]


Born in Calcutta[2] of mixed English and Indian heritage, Maitland was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and served in the British Army during World War II, after which he joined the Old Vic Company and appeared in stage productions.[4] He made his film debut in Cairo Road (1950). His sharp, dark features and small stature saw him type cast as villains from the Middle and Far East, particularly for Hammer Film Productions. These include The Camp on Blood Island (1958), The Stranglers of Bombay (1960), The Terror of the Tongs (1961), and as Malay in The Reptile (1965).[5]

Other film roles include Father Brown (1954), Bhowani Junction (1956), Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959), I'm All Right Jack (1959), Cleopatra (1963), Lord Jim (1965), Khartoum (1966), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Man of La Mancha (1972), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).[6]

He made numerous television appearances in programmes such as The Buccaneers, Danger Man, The Avengers (appearing as a sinister eastern delegate in the episode "Death's Door" in 1967),[7] The Saint, The Champions, Department S, and Randall and Hopkirk. One of his television roles was as Pandit Baba, a scholar agitating for an end to British rule in India, in the Granada series The Jewel in the Crown (1984).[8]


He died in March 1992.[2]



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