Esmond KNIGHT (1906-1987)

Esmond Knight
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE – Esmond Knight, actor, who was virtually blinded in active service during World War II, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the King’s Theatre, Hammersmith.

Esmond, an accomplished actor prior to the outbreak of war, was badly injured in 1941 on board HMS Prince of Wales when she fought the Bismarck at the Battle of the Denmark Strait. He remained totally blind for two years, though he later regained some sight in his right eye, and was able to continue with his career.

“beautifully prepared and executed”

Esmond’s daughter, actress Rosalind Knight, recalls her experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in March 2011

Photographs of Esmond Knight This Is Your Life

Esmond Knight recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in the show’s Flashback programme broadcast in June 1957

programme details...

  • Edition No: 27
  • Subject No: 27
  • Broadcast live: Mon 18 Feb 1957
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8pm
  • Venue: King’s Theatre Hammersmith
  • Series: 2
  • Edition: 12

on the guest list...

  • Dorothy Rendle
  • Michael Shepley
  • Balliol Holloway
  • Wilson Barrett
  • Michael Buxton
  • Rosalind Knight
  • Sally Duncan
  • Enid Heyworth
  • Dr Vincent Nesfield
  • Nora Swinburne
  • Recorded tribute:
  • Capt Charles Knight

production team...

  • Researchers: Peter Moore, Nigel Ward
  • Writer: Gale Pedrick
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
with special thanks to Rosalind Knight and John Hughes for their contribution to this page
Series 2 subjects: Peter Scott > Ada Reeve > Peter Methven > Susan Ryder > Harry S Pepper > Compton Mackenzie > Maud Fairman > Billy Smart > Brian Hession > John Barbirolli > Duncan Guthrie > Esmond Knight > Sammy McCarthy > Edwin Madron > Diana Dors > Parry Jones > Percy Flood > G H Elliott > Stuart Hibberd