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Ray Henwood
Charles Raymond Henwood

(1937-01-15)15 January 1937
Swansea, Wales
Died26 August 2019(2019-08-26) (aged 82)
Wellington, New Zealand
RelativesDai Henwood (son)

Charles Raymond Henwood ONZM (15 January 1937 – 26 August 2019) was a Welsh-born New Zealand actor.[1][2][3][4][5] He was married to district court judge Carolyn Henwood, and was the father of New Zealand comedian Dai Henwood.[6][7][8][9]

Born in Swansea, Wales, on 15 January 1937, Henwood emigrated to New Zealand at the age of 25, and became a naturalised New Zealander in 1977.[10][11] In 1962, Henwood was appointed to the staff of Mana College in Porirua, teaching science and mathematics there for four years. He then joined the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) as a toxicologist and helped to introduce the breathalyser.[12] In 1971, he published a book on drug use in New Zealand, A Turned On World, that was critical of the Narcotics Act (1965), describing the Act as "using a cannon to kill flies".[12][13].

Henwood was one of the founding members of Circa Theatre and kept contributing to Circa until his death.[14] In the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours, Henwood was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to film and the theatre.[15]

Henwood died in Wellington on 26 August 2019, aged 82.[11][16]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Ray Henwood, actor". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Ray Henwood's and Dylan Thomas' Welsh childhood". Stuff. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Circa theatre gives modern cloak to Shakespeare's King Lear". Stuff. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Ray Henwood: Wales and Aotearoa meet on Stage | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Ray Henwood: The voice... | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Ray Henwood | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Ray Henwood teams up with old pal Roger Hall in Last Legs". Stuff. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Us Two: Ray and Dai Henwood". Stuff. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Dai Henwood opens up about making it, and making tea". Stuff. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  10. ^ "New Zealand, naturalisations, 1843–1981". Ancestry.com Operations. 2010.
  11. ^ a b "Veteran New Zealand actor Ray Henwood, star of Gliding On, has died". New Zealand Herald. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  12. ^ a b Manson, Bess (28 August 2019). "Ray Henwood: an 'incandescent thespian extraordinaire'". Stuff. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  13. ^ "A turned on world: drug use in New Zealand, by C.R. Henwood". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  14. ^ Reid, John; Jeffrey, Ruth, eds. (1996). Circa 1976-1996. Wellington [N.Z.]: The Council of Circa Theatre. ISBN 0-473-04155-3. OCLC 37434951.
  15. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2006". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Charles Henwood death notice". Dominion Post. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.

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