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Basil Dignam (1905–1979)

Basil Dignam was born on October 24, 1905 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. He was an actor, known for Young Winston (1972), Exorcism at Midnight (1966) and 10 Rillington Place (1971). He was married to Mona Washbourne. He died on January 31, 1979 in Westminster, London, England. See full bio »

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 1972-1978 Crown Court (TV Series)
Mr. Justice Poynter / Justice Poynter / The Hon Mr Justice Poynter / ...
- Still Waters: Part 1 (1978) ... Justice Poynter
- Past Times: Part 1 (1978) ... Justice Poynter
- A Swinging Couple: Part 3 (1977) ... The Hon Mr Justice Poynter
- A Swinging Couple: Part 2 (1977) ... The Hon Mr Justice Poynter
- A Swinging Couple: Part 1 (1977) ... The Hon Mr Justice Poynter
 1978 Life of Shakespeare (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Chamberlain
- The Living Record (1978) ... Lord Chamberlain
 1978 Scorpion Tales (TV Series)
Clem Laidlaw
- The Ghost in the Pale Blue Dress (1978) ... Clem Laidlaw
 1977 Murder Most English: A Flaxborough Chronicle (TV Series)
Lawyer Scorpe
- The Flaxborough Crab: Part 1 (1977) ... Lawyer Scorpe
 1976 The New Avengers (TV Series)
Hugh Rydercroft
- Cat Amongst the Pigeons (1976) ... Hugh Rydercroft
 1976 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Moberly
- Selected Target (1976) ... Moberly
 1976 John Macnab (TV Series)
Colonel Raden
- The Old Hero (1976) ... Colonel Raden
- The Return of Harold Blacktooth (1976) ... Colonel Raden
- Our Reputations at the Stake (1976) ... Colonel Raden
 1976 Happy Ever After (TV Series)
Judge
- Terry in Court (1976) ... Judge
 1970-1975 Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series)
Judge / Sir John Mallin / Chief Supt. Marshall
- And with What Measure? (1975) ... Judge
- Twenty-Seven Pieces of Porcelain (1973) ... Sir John Mallin
- Any Other Night (1970) ... Chief Supt. Marshall
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
Lord Henry Howard
- A Rich and Beautiful Empire (1975) ... Lord Henry Howard
 1974 A Raging Calm (TV Mini-Series)
Baden Roberts
- A Vote for Progress (1974) ... Baden Roberts
- The Banner of Loyalty (1974) ... Baden Roberts
- A Friend of the Family (1974) ... Baden Roberts
- Next of Kin (1974) ... Baden Roberts
 1974 Undercovers Hero
Brigadier
 1973 The Protectors (TV Series)
Charles Engleton
- Petard (1973) ... Charles Engleton
 1973 Justice (TV Series)
Sir Jules Larsen
- After All, What Is a Lie? (1973) ... Sir Jules Larsen
 1972 War & Peace (TV Mini-Series)
Speransky
 1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Hudson
- I Spy a Stranger (1972) ... Mr. Hudson
 1972 Z Cars (TV Series)
Harry Burridge
- Goss (1972) ... Harry Burridge
 1972 The Adventurer (TV Series)
John Ballard
- Skeleton in the Cupboard (1972) ... John Ballard
 1971 Fathers and Sons (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Bazarov
- Episode #1.4 (1971) ... Dr. Bazarov
- Episode #1.3 (1971) ... Dr. Bazarov
 1971 The Persuaders! (TV Series)
Prime Minister Norman Russell
- The Time and the Place (1971) ... Prime Minister Norman Russell
 1971 Jason King (TV Series)
Viney
- Variations on a Theme (1971) ... Viney
 1971 The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder (TV Series)
Lord Nettleford
- The Fatal Engagement (1971) ... Lord Nettleford (uncredited)
 1971 A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
The Commissioner (uncredited)
 1971 Elizabeth R (TV Mini-Series)
Archbishop Gardiner
 1971 10 Rillington Place
Medical Board
 1970-1971 UFO (TV Series)
Cabinet Minister
- Mindbender (1971) ... Cabinet Minister
- Identified (1970) ... Cabinet Minister
 1970 The Main Chance (TV Series)
Mr. Jory
- The Piper Calls the Tune (1970) ... Mr. Jory
 1970 Special Branch (TV Series)
Colonel Harkstead
- Error of Judgement (1970) ... Colonel Harkstead
 1970 The Great White Hope
English Official (uncredited)
 1970 Paul Temple (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Munnings
- Masked Lady (1970) ... Det. Insp. Munnings
 1969 Department S (TV Series)
Henry Smith / Howard Finch
- The Duplicated Man (1969) ... Henry Smith
- The Perfect Operation (1969) ... Henry Smith
- One of Our Aircraft Is Empty (1969) ... Howard Finch
 1969 My Partner the Ghost (TV Series)
Hepple
 1969 Strange Report (TV Series)
Dean Jordan
 1969 Battle of Britain
Tactical Records Officer (uncredited)
 1969 Laughter in the Dark
Dealer
 1968-1969 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Chief Supt. Elliott / Sebastian Fleming
- Murder: Nobody Knows (1969) ... Chief Supt. Elliott
- Number Ten (1968) ... Sebastian Fleming
 1969 Judge Dee (TV Series)
Governor Weng
- Traitors in High Places (1969) ... Governor Weng
 1968 Twisted Nerve
Doctor
 1968 The Champions (TV Series)
Sir Frederick
- The Invisible Man (1968) ... Sir Frederick
 1968 Spindoe (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Tierney
- But You're Back and Fighting... (1968) ... Det. Insp. Tierney
- And the Blood Starts Flowing... (1968) ... Det. Insp. Tierney
 1968 Assignment K
Howlett
 1967-1968 Man in a Suitcase (TV Series)
Sir Eric Coulsdon / Todd
- The Boston Square (1968) ... Sir Eric Coulsdon
- The Girl Who Never Was (1967) ... Todd
 1967 The Prisoner (TV Series)
Supervisor
- Checkmate (1967) ... Supervisor
 1967 Inheritance (TV Series) (1967)
 1967 The Cuckoo Patrol
Snodgrass
 1967 Champion House (TV Series)
Dakins
- Keep It in the Family (1967) ... Dakins
 1967 The Jokers
Bank manager
 1967 Adam Adamant Lives! (TV Series)
Baker
- Face in a Mirror (1967) ... Baker
 1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Uncle Peregrine
- Sword of Honour #3: Unconditional Surrender (1967) ... Uncle Peregrine
 1967 The Forsyte Saga (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Charles Ferrar
- A Silent Wooing (1967) ... Lord Charles Ferrar
 1966 Exorcism at Midnight
Jim Benson
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
President of Court Martial
- A Pyre for Private James (1966) ... President of Court Martial
 1966 Public Eye (TV Series)
Beck
 1966 Weavers Green (TV Series)
Col. Willoughby
- Episode #1.11 (1966) ... Col. Willoughby
 1964-1966 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
Commissioner Scott-Marle
- A Perfect Crime (1966) ... Commissioner Scott-Marle
- Morna (1966) ... Commissioner Scott-Marle
- The Thin Red Line (1965) ... Commissioner Scott-Marle
- State Visit (1964) ... Commissioner Scott-Marle
- The V Men (1964) ... Commissioner Scott-Marle
 1965 Joey Boy
General
 1965 Secret Agent (TV Series)
Man in Taxi
- Say It with Flowers (1965) ... Man in Taxi
 1965 Riviera Police (TV Series)
Raglan-Smith
- Girl on a Plate (1965) ... Raglan-Smith
 1965 Steptoe and Son (TV Series)
- Crossed Swords (1965)
 1965 United! (TV Series)
David Maddox Jones
 1965 The Flying Swan (TV Series)
Sir Alan Campbell
- The Age of Consent (1965) ... Sir Alan Campbell
- The Gold Rosette (1965) ... Sir Alan Campbell
- The Boardroom (1965) ... Sir Alan Campbell
 1965 Rotten to the Core
The General
 1965 Where the Spies Are
Major Harding
 1957-1964 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Interviewing officer / Alan Campbell / Mr. Bradshaw / ...
- Old Soldiers (1964) ... Interviewing officer
- The Innocent (1960) ... Mr. Bradshaw
- Breach of Marriage (1958) ... Rev. Daniel Hargreaves
- Man in a Moon (1957)
 1963-1964 The Saint (TV Series)
Commander Richardson / Marvin Chase
- The Miracle Tea Party (1964) ... Commander Richardson
- The Invisible Millionaire (1963) ... Marvin Chase
 1964 Cluff (TV Series)
Gainsford
- The Widow (1964) ... Gainsford
 1961-1964 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
James Tregoran / Ralph Thomas / Colonel Shaw / ...
- The Rainbow Turned to Dust (1964) ... James Tregoran
- Who Killed Cock Robbin? (1963) ... Ralph Thomas
- A Run for the Sea (1962) ... Colonel Shaw
- No Tears for Tobin (1961) ... Frank Coombs
 1964 Detective (TV Series)
Detective Inspector Charlton
- Subject: Murder (1964) ... Detective Inspector Charlton
 1964 The Protectors (TV Series)
Anson
- The Deadly Chameleon (1964) ... Anson
 1964 Crane (TV Series)
Raswani
- Murder Is Waiting (1964) ... Raswani
 1964 Ring of Treason
2nd Member at Lord's
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
Senior civil servant
- Once a Spy... (1964) ... Senior civil servant
 1964 The Avengers (TV Series)
Major Ronald Pantling
- Trojan Horse (1964) ... Major Ronald Pantling
 1963 Maupassant (TV Series)
- Foolish Wives (1963)
 1963 80,000 Suspects
Medical Officer Boswell
 1963 Ghost Squad (TV Series)
Henry Dickinson
- The Man with the Delicate Hands (1963) ... Henry Dickinson
 1963 Heavens Above!
Prisoner Governor
 1963 Master Spy
Richard Horton
 1956-1962 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Arthur Stilton / Dr. Grantly / Eliot Richard Vines / ...
- A Letter from the General (1962) ... Arthur Stilton
- The Distinguished Gathering (1959) ... Eliot Richard Vines
- A Dead Secret (1959) ... Sir Arthur Lovecraft
 1962 Walk in the Shadow
Lawyer Mapleton
 1962 Fate Takes a Hand
Wheeler
 1961 Top Secret (TV Series)
Casamegas
- Death on Wheels (1961) ... Casamegas
 1961 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Hugo
- The Spider's Web (1961) ... Hugo
 1961 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Inspector Forbes
- The Fourth Square (1961) ... Inspector Forbes
 1961 Gorgo
Admiral Brooks
 1961 The Secret Partner
Lyle
 1961 The Cheaters (TV Series)
Burnham
- Fire! (1961) ... Burnham
 1961 The Fourth Square
Inspector Forbes
 1961 The Pursuers (TV Series)
Dan Selby
- The Gun (1961) ... Dan Selby
 1960 Sentenced for Life
Ralph Thompson
 1960 The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's
Army Officer
 1960 The Risk
Dr Childs
 1960 The Spider's Web
Hugo
 1957-1960 The Vise (TV Series)
Frank Chester / John Roberts / Ralph / ...
- Black Pawn, White Pawn (1960) ... Frank Chester
- The Penny Black (1959) ... John Roberts
- Shroud for a Lady (1959) ... Ralph
- Find a Body (1958) ... Albert Tower
- Deep in the Heart of Chelsea (1957) ... Guthrie
 1960 On Trial (TV Series)
Donald Crawford
- The Dilke Case (1960) ... Donald Crawford
 1960 Interpol Calling (TV Series)
Insp. Hopkins
- The Three Keys (1960) ... Insp. Hopkins
 1960 Suspense (TV Series)
Richard Blount
- Flight 404 (1960) ... Richard Blount
 1960 Knight Errant Limited (TV Series)
Doctor Siddeley
- Room for Doubt (1960) ... Doctor Siddeley
 1958-1960 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Sir Geoffrey Gilbert / Rich Merchant
- Tuck's Love Day (1960) ... Sir Geoffrey Gilbert
- The Rivals (1958) ... Rich Merchant
 1959 H.G.Wells' Invisible Man (TV Series)
Minister
- The Big Plot (1959) ... Minister
 1959 A Touch of Larceny
Lt. Cmdr. Evans at P.R.O. (uncredited)
 1959 The Four Just Men (TV Series)
Judge Advocate
- The Deserter (1959) ... Judge Advocate
 1959 I'm All Right Jack
Minister of Labour
 1959 Sapphire
Doctor Burgess (uncredited)
 1959 Man in a Cocked Hat
Security Officer
 1959 Room at the Top
Priest (uncredited)
 1958 Them Nice Americans
Inspector Adams
 1958 Corridors of Blood
Hospital chairman
 1958 I Only Arsked! (uncredited)
 1958 Further Up the Creek
Flagship Commander
 1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Wilfred Granger
- High Tension (1958) ... Wilfred Granger
 1958 A Cry from the Streets
Police Inspector (uncredited)
 1958 Carry on Sergeant
Third Specialist
 1958 The Spaniard's Curse
Guy Stevenson (uncredited)
 1958 Up the Creek
Coombes
 1958 The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (TV Series)
The Film Producer
- The Invalid (1958) ... The Film Producer
 1958 Innocent Sinners
Mr. Dyson - Olivia's Solicitor (uncredited)
 1958 The Safecracker
Air Vice Marshal
 1957 Son of a Stranger
Dr. Delaney
 1957 The Depraved
Tom Wilton
 1957 Three Sundays to Live
Davitt
 1957/II Violent Stranger
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1957 Battle Hell
British Ambassador at Nanking
 1957 Brothers in Law
Judge Emery
 1957 You Pay Your Money
Currie
 1957 O.S.S. (TV Series)
Bosville
- Operation Barbecue (1957) ... Bosville
 1957 Sword of Freedom (TV Series)
Sebastiano / Duke Of Padua
- The Suspects (1957) ... Sebastiano
- The Sicillian (1957) ... Sebastiano
- The Marionettes (1957) ... Duke Of Padua
 1957 The Counterfeit Plan
Police Commissioner
 1957 The New Adventures of Martin Kane (TV Series)
Hillyer
- The Racing Car Story (1957) ... Hillyer
 1956 The Weapon (uncredited)
 1956 Reach for the Sky
Air Ministry Doctor (uncredited)
 1956 Finger of Guilt
Dr. Gray
 1956 Port of Escape
Det. Insp. Crawford
 1956 Private's Progress
Col. Martin (uncredited)
 1956 Tales from Soho (TV Series)
Colonel Smith
- Slippy Fives (1956) ... Colonel Smith
 1956 The Narrowing Circle
George Pacey
 1955 Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Harringway / Sir Arthur Tredley
- The Case of the Tyrant's Daughter (1955) ... Harringway
- The Case of the Imposter Mystery (1955) ... Sir Arthur Tredley
 1955 Touch and Go
Stevens
 1955 They Can't Hang Me
Wing Commander Riddle
 1955 The Quatermass Xperiment
Sir Lionel Dean (uncredited)
 1955 Court Martial (uncredited)
 1952 Hammer the Toff
Superintendent
 1952 His Excellency
Security officer
 1951 Puck of Pook's Hill (TV Series)
Maximus
- Winged Hats (1951) ... Maximus
- On the Great Wall (1951) ... Maximus
- A Centurion of the Thirtieth (1951) ... Maximus
 1951 Island Rescue
RAMC captain
 1951 The Smart Aleck
Defending Counsel
 1949 Maytime in Mayfair
Commissionaire (uncredited)
Show Show Self (1 credit)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Arthur Wing Pinero's play, "The Second Mrs. Tanqueray," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Eileen Herlie, Marie Ney, Leslie Banks, Ronald Ward, Norman Wooland, and Robert Urquhart in the cast. Murray Macdonald was director and Sir Cecil Beaton was art director. See more »

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

Was a lumberjack before becoming an actor. See more »

Trademark:

His distinguished voice

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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