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Basil Henson (1918–1990)

Basil Henson was a prominent stage actor in Britain for over 40 years. His love of theatre began at the age of 12 while playing "Portia" at St. Cuthbert's Prep School. After World War II broke out, he joined the Indian Army and was a Major with the Royal Gharwal Rifles. His professional stage debut was in 1946 at the London Casino, where he played... See full bio »
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Known For

Our Mutual Friend
Our Mutual Friend Mortimer Lightwood
(1958-1959)
Roads to Freedom
(1970)
When the Boat Comes In
When the Boat Comes In Sir Horatio Manners / Sir Horation Manners
(1976-1977)
Armchair Theatre
Armchair Theatre Hunter / Maurice / Oxted
(1968-1972)

Filmography

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 1991 Very Big Very Soon (TV Series)
Maddock
- Thanks for the Memory (1991) ... Maddock
 1989 The Nightmare Years (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Stanwood
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... Lord Stanwood
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Lord Stanwood
- Part 2 (1989) ... Lord Stanwood
- Part 1 (1989) ... Lord Stanwood
 1989 About Face (TV Series)
Maxwell
- Mrs Worthington's Daughter (1989) ... Maxwell
 1986 Love and Marriage (TV Series)
Michael Feverstein
- Demons (1986) ... Michael Feverstein
 1985 Bulman (TV Series)
Lord Breconbury
- Pandora's Many Boxes (1985) ... Lord Breconbury
 1984 The Tempest, Act IV (TV Movie)
Caliban
 1979 Fawlty Towers (TV Series)
Dr. Abbott
- The Psychiatrist (1979) ... Dr. Abbott
 1978 Daphne Laureola (TV Movie)
Bored Man
 1978 Just William (TV Series)
Cranthorpe-Cranborough
- Finding a School for William (1978) ... Cranthorpe-Cranborough
 1976-1977 When the Boat Comes In (TV Series)
Sir Horatio Manners / Sir Horation Manners
- Please Say Goodbye Before You Go (1977) ... Sir Horatio Manners
- High Life and Hunger (1977) ... Sir Horatio Manners
- A Marriage and a Massacre (1977) ... Sir Horatio Manners
- Diamond Cut Diamond (1977) ... Sir Horatio Manners
- The Father of Lies (1977) ... Sir Horatio Manners
 1977 Raffles (TV Series)
Selby
- The Gold Cup (1977) ... Selby
 1973-1977 Crown Court (TV Series)
Justice Yearsley / The Hon. Mr. Justice Yearsley / Dr. Chisolm / ...
- Loved Ones: Part 1 (1977) ... Justice Yearsley
- Those in Peril: Part 1 (1976) ... Mr. Justice Yearsley
- Death in the Family - Part 2 (1974) ... Justice Yearsley
- Death in the Family: Part 1 (1974) ... Justice Yearsley
- Falling Stars: Part 1 (1974) ... Justice Yearsley
 1977 The Sunday Drama (TV Series)
Colonel Ross
- Silver Blaze (1977) ... Colonel Ross
 1976 Bill Brand (TV Mini-Series)
Hinchcliffe
- Tranquillity of the Realm (1976) ... Hinchcliffe
 1976 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
2nd Fire-watcher
- Alas! Poor Maling (1976) ... 2nd Fire-watcher
 1975 Against the Crowd (TV Series)
Bob
- Tell It to the Chancellor (1975) ... Bob
 1975 Village Hall (TV Series)
Martin Cook
- Battleground (1975) ... Martin Cook
 1975 Ten from the Twenties (TV Series)
Mr. Gonzales
- Motherlove (1975) ... Mr. Gonzales
 1975 Galileo
Infuriated Monk
 1974 The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs (TV Series)
Sir Anthony Donaldson
- The Appointment (1974) ... Sir Anthony Donaldson
 1974 Notorious Woman (TV Mini-Series)
Comte de Vigny
- Trial (1974) ... Comte de Vigny
- Conflict (1974) ... Comte de Vigny
 1974 Justice (TV Series)
Basil Stewart
- Twice the Legal Limit (1974) ... Basil Stewart
 1974 Boy Dominic (TV Series)
Dr. Purley
- Medicine Man (1974) ... Dr. Purley
 1974 Fall of Eagles (TV Mini-Series)
Von Molkte
- The English Princess (1974) ... Von Molkte
 1973 The Final Programme
Dr. Lucas
 1973 Jack the Ripper (TV Mini-Series)
Sir. Charles Warren
- Panic (1973) ... Sir. Charles Warren
- Double Event (1973) ... Sir. Charles Warren
 1972-1973 War & Peace (TV Mini-Series)
Prince Vasili Kuragin
- The Road to Life (1973) ... Prince Vasili Kuragin
- Part Four: A Letter and Two Proposals (1972) ... Prince Vasili Kuragin
- Sounds of War (1972) ... Prince Vasili Kuragin
- Part One: Name Day (1972) ... Prince Vasili Kuragin
 1973 Thriller (TV Series)
Charles Merrow
- Anatomy of Terror (1973) ... Charles Merrow
 1968-1972 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Oxted / Hunter / Maurice
- The Breaking of Colonel Keyser (1972) ... Oxted
- The Dolly Scene (1970) ... Hunter
- The Contact (1968) ... Maurice
 1968-1972 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Vice Chancellor / Charles Baldon
- Lament of an Unmarried Father (1972) ... Vice Chancellor
- Number Ten (1968) ... Charles Baldon
 1971-1972 Follyfoot (TV Series)
Arthur Maddocks, Dora's Father / Arthur Maddocks, Dora's father
- Fly Away Home (1972) ... Arthur Maddocks, Dora's Father
- Dora (1971) ... Arthur Maddocks, Dora's father
 1972 The Main Chance (TV Series)
Brigadier
- Not in Today's Army (1972) ... Brigadier
 1972 Doctor in Charge (TV Series)
Minister of Health
- The Minister's Health (1972) ... Minister of Health
 1972 New Scotland Yard (TV Series)
Major Lofthouse
- Point of Impact (1972) ... Major Lofthouse
 1972 Jason King (TV Series)
Robert Trevor
- It's Too Bad About Auntie (1972) ... Robert Trevor
 1971 Suspicion (TV Series)
Morris
- No Case to Answer (1971) ... Morris
 1971 The Flaxton Boys (TV Series)
Frank Cunningham
- 1928: To See... a Fine Horse (1971) ... Frank Cunningham
 1971 Mogul (TV Series)
Captain
- A Touch of the Nelsons (1971) ... Captain
 1971 Quest for Love
Doctor (uncredited)
 1971 Doctor at Large (TV Series)
Minister
- Saturday Matinee (1971) ... Minister
 1971 Hadleigh (TV Series)
Walter Sutton
- Breakdown (1971) ... Walter Sutton
 1971 Man at the Top (TV Series)
Ray Torver
- Too Good for This World (1971) ... Ray Torver
 1970 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Charles Fordyce
- Made for Each Other (1970) ... Charles Fordyce
 1970 Roads to Freedom (TV Series)
Halifax
- The Reprieve: Part 1 (1970) ... Halifax
 1970 Diamond Crack Diamond (TV Series)
Humphries
- Diamond Alone (1970) ... Humphries
 1970 Fraud Squad (TV Series)
Phillips
- The White Abyss (1970) ... Phillips
 1970 Cromwell
Hacker
 1970 The Walking Stick
Insp. Malcolm
 1970 Kate (TV Series)
Lord Padbury
- Dear Monica (1970) ... Lord Padbury
 1969 Arthur! Arthur!
Coverdale
 1969 Who-Dun-It (TV Series)
Lord Duncansby
- A Matter of Honour (1969) ... Lord Duncansby
 1969 The Expert (TV Series)
Frank Houghton
- The Yellow Torrish (1969) ... Frank Houghton
 1969 The Champions (TV Series)
Wolf Eisen
- The Final Countdown (1969) ... Wolf Eisen
 1969 The Inside Man (TV Series)
Dawnay / James Dawnay / Guy Dawnay
- The Case of the Abandoned Wife (1969) ... Dawnay
- A Day of Angels (1969) ... James Dawnay
- The Spy Vanishes (1969) ... Dawnay
- An East-West Affair (1969) ... Guy Dawnay
- Lady in the Bath (1969) ... Dawnay
 1964-1968 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
The Inspector / Major Andrew Carlyle / Brigadier Terence O'Brian / ...
- A Beast with Two Backs (1968) ... The Inspector
- A Pyre for Private James (1966) ... Major Andrew Carlyle
- Cemented with Love (1965) ... Brigadier Terence O'Brian
- Catch as Catch Can (1964) ... Marshal
 1968 Mystery and Imagination (TV Series)
Dr. Ramsay
- Casting the Runes (1968) ... Dr. Ramsay
 1968 A Man of our Times (TV Series)
Oliver Manson
- Never Mind How We Got Here, Where Are We? (1968) ... Oliver Manson
 1967 Market in Honey Lane (TV Series)
Seymour Darcy
- The Initiation (1967) ... Seymour Darcy
 1958-1967 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Witness / Mr. Golding / Major Tom Elton, M.C. / ...
- The Investigation (1967) ... Witness
- The Guilty Party (1964)
- The Teachers (1963) ... Mr. Golding
- End of Conflict (1963) ... Major Tom Elton, M.C.
 1967 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
Mr. Webb
- What Will You Do About Christmas? (1967) ... Mr. Webb
 1966 Intrigue (TV Series)
Gurney
- It Pays to Pick Brains (1966) ... Gurney
 1966 The Frozen Dead
Dr. Tirpitz
 1966 Out of the Unknown (TV Series)
George Preston
- Frankenstein Mark 2 (1966) ... George Preston
 1963-1966 Sergeant Cork (TV Series)
Sir Radlett Grainger / Major Edwards
- The Case of the Chelford Changeling (1966) ... Sir Radlett Grainger
- The Case of the Soldier's Rifle (1963) ... Major Edwards
 1966 The Power Game (TV Series)
Sandy Warren
- 'Confound Their Politics' (1966) ... Sandy Warren
 1965 Change Partners
Cedric Gallen
 1965 Knock on Any Door (TV Series)
Victor Gibbs
- A Handful of Dreams (1965) ... Victor Gibbs
 1964-1965 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Mr. Gerald Frobisher
- Episode #1.852 (1965) ... Mr. Gerald Frobisher
- Episode #1.851 (1965) ... Mr. Gerald Frobisher
- Episode #1.850 (1965) ... Mr. Gerald Frobisher
- Episode #1.849 (1965) ... Mr. Gerald Frobisher
- Episode #1.848 (1965) ... Mr. Gerald Frobisher
 1965 Jury Room (TV Series)
Sir Charles Dilke - Witness / Recorder
- The Dilke Affair (1965) ... Sir Charles Dilke - Witness
- A Time to Speak (1965) ... Recorder
 1963-1965 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Cedric Gallen / Derreck Alwyn
- Change Partners (1965) ... Cedric Gallen
- The Double (1963) ... Derreck Alwyn
 1965 Front Page Story (TV Series)
Sandy Warren
- The Shake-Up (1965) ... Sandy Warren
- One Good Turn (1965) ... Sandy Warren
- Down Among the Dead Men (1965) ... Sandy Warren
- Drop a Spot of Acid on It (1965) ... Sandy Warren
- Sack the Editor (1965) ... Sandy Warren
 1965 Darling
Alec Prosser-Jones
 1965 The Sullavan Brothers (TV Series)
Mr. Rawley
- A Case of Conscience (1965) ... Mr. Rawley
 1965 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
The Stranger
- Johnson Over Jordan (1965) ... The Stranger
 1965 Fothergale Co. Ltd. (TV Series documentary)
Marshall, chief accountant
- Taking Decisions (1965) ... Marshall, chief accountant
 1964 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Colonel Gillum
- Parade's End #2: No More Parades (1964) ... Colonel Gillum
 1964 The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (TV Series)
Colonel Brander / Colonel
- His Private Honour (1964) ... Colonel Brander
- On the City Wall (1964) ... Colonel
 1964 Miss Adventure (TV Series)
Bernard Anderson
- Journey to Copenhagen: Part 1 (1964) ... Bernard Anderson
 1964 The Hidden Truth (TV Series)
Chief Constable
- One for the Road (1964) ... Chief Constable
 1964 Story Parade (TV Series)
Carter
- The Unknown Citizen (1964) ... Carter
 1964 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Greenway
- The Carrion Bird (1964) ... Greenway
 1963 The Double
Derreck Alwyn
 1963 Dr. Crippen
Mr. Arditti
 1963 It Happened Like This (TV Series)
Granger
 1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Cheviot
- The Canterville Ghost (1962) ... Lord Cheviot
 1962 The Scales of Justice (TV Series)
Peter Naylor
- The Guilty Party (1962) ... Peter Naylor (as Basil Hensen)
 1958-1959 Our Mutual Friend (TV Series)
Mortimer Lightwood
- Part 12 (1959) ... Mortimer Lightwood
- Part 11 (1959) ... Mortimer Lightwood
- Part 9 (1959) ... Mortimer Lightwood
- Part 7 (1958) ... Mortimer Lightwood
- Part 5 (1958) ... Mortimer Lightwood
 1957 Inside Information (Short)
Nielson
 1956 Nude with Violin (TV Movie)
Colin
 1956 Lilli Palmer Theatre (TV Series)
Prosecuting Counsel
- The Case of Dr. Crippen (1956) ... Prosecuting Counsel
 1955 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Michael Barrick
- Box Thirteen (1955) ... Michael Barrick
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Terence Rattigan's play, "Separate Tables," at the St. James' Theatre in London, England with Eric Portman, Margaret Leighton, and Phyllis Neilson-Terry in the cast. Peter Glenville was director. See more »

Alternate Names:

Basil Hensen

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Star Sign:

Leo

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