Nigel DAVENPORT (1928-2013)

Nigel Davenport
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Nigel Davenport, actor, was surprised by Michael Aspel at the Cheltenham stables of former National Hunt jockey David Nicholson.

Nigel first started acting while studying English at Trinity College, Oxford. He made his London debut in 1952 at the Savoy theatre in Noel Coward’s Relative Values. Following a season with the Shakespeare Memorial Company, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, he joined the English Stage Company, for their opening season at the Royal Court Theatre in 1956.

He began appearing in British film and television productions in supporting roles, including a walk-on in Tony Richardson's film, Look Back in Anger in 1959. Subsequent roles included a theatre manager opposite Laurence Olivier in the film version of The Entertainer and a policeman in Michael Powell's Peeping Tom, both released in 1960.

His major films covered 20 years, including Alexander Mackendrick's A High Wind in Jamaica, Fred Zinnemann's A Man for All Seasons, in which Nigel played a powerful Duke of Norfolk; and two directed by Hugh Hudson, Chariots of Fire in 1981, and Greystoke in 1984.

“Well...what a surprise!”

Nigel Davenport recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in June 2008

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 969
  • Subject No: 944
  • Broadcast date: Mon 24 Feb 1997
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Tues 30 Jul 1996
  • Venue: Teddington Studios
  • Series: 37
  • Edition: 22
  • Code Name: Court

on the guest list...

  • Warren Marston
  • Peter - brother
  • Michael - nephew
  • Anthony - nephew
  • Laura Davenport - daughter
  • Johnny – son-in-law
  • George – grandson
  • Milly - granddaughter
  • Dorothy Tutin
  • Trevor Hill
  • Donald Cullimore
  • Charles Hodgson
  • Peter Croft
  • William Millingshift
  • John Stitt
  • Gerry Glaister
  • Frances Cuka
  • Dinsdale Landen
  • Michael Jayston
  • Tony Anholt
  • Patrick Ryecart
  • Raymond Baxter
  • Cliff Michelmore
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Hugo Davenport - son
  • Sarah Davenport – daughter-in-law
  • Bram Davenport - grandson
  • Jack Davenport - son
  • Dulcie Gray
  • Donald Sinden

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production team...

  • Researcher: Ruth Malone
  • Writer: Maurice Leonard
  • Directors: Brian Klein, Terry Kinane
  • Producer: John Graham
  • Associate Producer: Sue Green
  • Editorial Consultant: Jack Crawshaw
  • Executive Producer: Gill Stribling-Wright
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 37 subjects: Steve Redgrave > Gary Rhodes > Toyah Willcox > Freddie Young > John Motson > Jeremy Clarkson > John Rands > Jill Dando > Don Black > Sue Nicholls > Lynn Redgrave > Tanni Grey > Noddy Holder > Thora Hird > Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan > Sam Torrance > John Simpson > Elizabeth Ward > Ross Kemp > Julian Bream > Les Dennis > Nigel Davenport > Richard Whiteley > Justin Hayward > Sian Phillips > Chris Tarrant