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Anthony Edward Lowry Britton
9 June 1924
|Spouse(s)||Ruth Hawkins (1948 - ?) (divorced) |
Eva Castle Britton (1962–2008)
Cherry (Hawkins) Britton
|Awards||Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor |
1975 The Nearly Man
Life and career
Britton was born in a room above the Trocadero public house in Temple Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, the son of Doris Marguerite (née Jones) and Edward Leslie Britton. He attended Edgbaston Collegiate School, Birmingham and Thornbury Grammar School, Gloucestershire. During the Second World War he served in the Army and he also worked for an estate agents and in an aircraft factory. He joined an amateur dramatics group in Weston-super-Mare and then turned professional, appearing on stage at the Old Vic and with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He has appeared in numerous British films from the 1950s onwards, including such classics as Operation Amsterdam (1959), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). Britton won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor in 1975 for The Nearly Man.
Britton and his first wife Ruth (née Hawkins) had two children, scriptwriter Cherry Britton and TV presenter Fern Britton. Cherry was married to children's TV presenter Brian Cant. Fern is married to Phil Vickery. Britton's second wife is Danish sculptor and member of the wartime Danish resistance Eva Castle Britton (née Skytte Birkfeldt). They have one son, actor Jasper Britton.
- Waterfront (1950) - Deck-Hand (uncredited)
- Cage of Gold (1950) - Nicky (uncredited)
- Salute the Toff (1952) - Draycott
- Loser Takes All (1956) - Tony
- The Birthday Present (1957) - Simon Scott
- Behind the Mask (1958) - Philip Selwood
- The Heart of a Man (1959) - Tony Carlisle
- Operation Amsterdam (1959) - Major Dillon
- The Rough and the Smooth (1959) - Mike Thompson
- The Last Winter (1960) - Stephen Burton
- Suspect (1960) - Dr. Robert Marriott
- Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (1963) - Simon Bates
- There's a Girl in My Soup (1970) - Andrew Hunter
- Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) - George Harding
- Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971) - George Dewport
- The Day of the Jackal (1973) - Superintendent Brian Thomas
- Night Watch (1973) - Tony
- The People That Time Forgot (1977) - Captain Lawton
- Agatha (1979) - William Collins
- Countdown to War (1989) - Sir Nevile Henderson
- Run for Your Wife (2012) - Man on Bus
- Britton, Nigel (1 July 2013). "Hp Sauce My Ancestors' Legacy". AuthorHouse – via Google Books.
- "Tony Britton Biography (1924-)". Filmreference.com. 1924-06-09. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "The Old Vic | King Lear". Bookings.oldvictheatre.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2014-04-18.