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Date of Birth 17 May 1926Nairobi, Kenya
Date of Death 10 June 2009Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK  (emphysema)
Birth NameWalter Tenniel Evans

Mini Bio (1)

Tenniel Evans briefly attended the British Army officer training centre Sandhurst (1945-1946). He studied German and economics at St. Andrews University (1946-1949). He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (1949-1951) and acted on stage from 1951, although he also had an in-between job as a private school teacher near Northampton. His regular stage work included West End performances as well as the Royal Court Theatre Company, Savoy Theatre and Globe Theatre. He was part of the cast of the hugely popular 1960s radio comedy "The Navy Lark". He appeared in television from 1960. Evans is fondly remembered as Major Daly, acting opposite his friend Jon Pertwee, in Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters: Episode One (1973) and as Kevin's (Michael Palin's) puritanical father in Ripping Yarns: The Curse of the Claw (1977).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Evangeline Banks (1953 - 10 June 2009) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (5)

Father of Matthew Evans and Serena Evans, husband of Evangeline Banks and son-in-law of the actor Leslie Banks.
Tenniel recommended his friend, Jon Pertwee, to audition for the role of Doctor Who (1963) on the BBC.
Filmed scenes as Hugh Grant's father in Notting Hill (1999) but his part was removed during post production.
In 1985 he was ordained as a Church of England minister and alternated acting with church duties.
A distant relation of the novelist George Eliot and illustrator John Tenniel, from whom he gained his middle name.

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