Terence Bayler

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Terence Bayler
Born(1930-01-24)24 January 1930
Whanganui, New Zealand
Died2 August 2016(2016-08-02) (aged 86)
London, England
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1952–2010

Terence Bayler (24 January 1930 – 2 August 2016) was a New Zealand film, television, and stage actor.[1] His most memorable roles were in Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001).


Bayler was born in Whanganui, the son of Amy (née Allomes) and Harold Bayler, a stagehand.[2] His first film appearance was a starring role in New Zealand film Broken Barrier (1952). Bayler then spent the majority of his six-decade-long acting career in England, although he also appeared in 1981 New Zealand feature Pictures and BBC mini-series The Other Side of Paradise (1992), filmed partly in Raratonga.

Broken Barrier was the only locally made feature shot in New Zealand during the 1950s. Bayler starred as a young journalist who falls in love with a Māori woman.[3] The film won healthy audiences in his home territory. It was directed by Roger Mirams and John O'Shea – O'Shea went on to direct the only New Zealand feature films made in the 60s, drama Runaway and musical Don't Let it Get You.

Bayler was given stitches above an eye after he was injured in a sword fight with actor Jon Finch (playing Macbeth) during the shooting of Roman Polanski's 1971 adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Bayler played Macduff.

Bayler's associations with Monty Python date from 1975, when he appeared in Eric Idle's BBC TV series Rutland Weekend Television. This led to his appearance as Leggy Mountbatten, manager of fictional Beatles-parody band The Rutles, in American-made TV movie All You Need Is Cash (1978). Idle also cast him in his play Pass the Butler.

He had a small role as Mr. Gregory in Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979), and appeared in two more of Python member Terry Gilliam's films, Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985).


Year Title Role Notes
1952 Broken Barrier Tom Sullivan
1956 The Battle of the River Plate Stoker - HMS Achilles Uncredited
1963 The Hi-Jackers Constable
1966 Doctor Who Yendom Episode: "The Return"
1969 Doctor Who Major Barrington Episode: "The War Games: Episode One"
1971 Macbeth Macduff
1974 Doctor Watson and the Darkwater Hall Mystery Carlos TV movie
1975 Upstairs, Downstairs Darrow Morton Episode: "Joke Over"
1975 Rutland Weekend Television various 4 episodes
1976 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Cardinal TV movie
1978 All You Need Is Cash Leggy Mountbatten TV movie
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Mr. Gregory
1981 Time Bandits Lucien
1981 Pictures John Rochfort
1985 Brazil TV Commercial Presenter
1987 Crystalstone Policeman
1993 The Remains of the Day Trimmer
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Bloody Baron
2008 Chemical Wedding Professor Brent


  1. ^ "Terence Bayler obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ Terence Bayler Biography (1930–)
  3. ^ Terence Bayler

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