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Date of Birth 16 February 1903Chelsea, London, England, UK
Date of Death 22 August 1980London, England, UK

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Norman Shelley was born on February 16, 1903 in Chelsea, London, England. He was an actor, known for Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), 'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945) and Gulliver's Travels (1977). He was married to Monica Brett. He died on August 22, 1980 in London.

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Monica Brett (? - 22 August 1980) (his death) (1 child)

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Some sources imply that he was the voice of Sir Winston Churchill in selected recordings of Churchill's most famous speeches. Churchill gave the original speech in the House of Commons but subsequent radio broadcasts may really have been Shelley impersonating the PM. In fact, Churchill delivered the speeches himself to British radio audiences, Shelley merely reading them live to American listeners (which would have been overnight British time).
Father of Anthony Shelley
Played Colonel Freddy Danby in the long-running BBC Radio 4 series "The Archers" until his death.
Portrayed Dr. John Watson 80 times in BBC Radio adaptations from 1952-1969 opposite Carleton Hobbs as Sherlock Homes.
On 21st August 1980 he collapsed at Finchley Road tube station, London. He was declared dead at Hampstead's Royal Free Hospital.
Amongst his many memorable roles on BBC Radio were Winnie-the-Pooh in the "Children's Hour" adaptations of the A.A. Milne stories, "Toytown"'s Dennis the Dachshund, and Gandalf and Tom Bombadil in the 1955-6 "Lord of the Rings" adaptation.

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