Albert Lieven

Albert Lieven (born Albert Fritz Liévin; 22 June 1906 22 December 1971) was a German actor.

Albert Lieven
Albert Fritz Liévin

(1906-06-22)22 June 1906
Died22 December 1971(1971-12-22) (aged 65)
London, England, UK
Years active1932–1971
Spouse(s)Tania Lieven
(m. 1933; div. 19??)
Valerie White
(m. 1944; div. 194?)
Susan Shaw
(m. 1949; div. 1953)

Petra Peters
(m. 1955; div. 19??)
FamilyToby Flood (grandson)

Early life

Lieven was born in Hohenstein, East Prussia (Olszynek, Poland). His father was the head physician of the Tuberculosis sanatorium Hohenstein, where Lieven grew up. He started to study medicine but stopped the studies for financial reasons.[1]


Lieven started his career at theaters in Gera and Königsberg, his first screen role was in the German film Annemarie, die Braut der Kompanie (Bride of the Company) in 1932. During the next four years he appeared in another sixteen films, including the German film adaptation of Charley's Aunt.[1][2]

Owing to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and his wife Tatjana being Jewish, they moved to Britain in 1937. He spent the years of the Second World War (1939 to 1945) though mainly in roles depicting Nazis in British films, not finding them overly challenging as an actor.[3]

Lieven appeared on the London stage in 1939 in the comedy Rake's Progress (not the later Rex Harrison film of the same title), but was largely acting in films (among them The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, 1943).[4]

Lieven appeared in many cinema productions, and in the year 1940, he was credited in seven, in all of which he played the role of a German.

He was under contract to Rank for five years from 1945. It has been claimed that he only appeared in one film during this contract, Sleeping Car to Trieste.[5] In fact, however, he appeared in several other films for companies controlled by Rank during this period, as part of his contract. These included Marry Me! (1949), which was made for Gainsborough Pictures, which by that date was a subsidiary of Rank.

He returned to Germany in 1951, and appeared in many films made there. He also was in films both in Britain and Hollywood.[6]


Married four times, Lieven is the grandfather of the England rugby union player Toby Flood.[7] Lieven died in London.

Selected filmography


  2. Ginibre, Jean-Louis (2005). Ladies Or Gentlemen: A Pictorial History of Male Cross-dressing in the Movies. Filipacchi Publishing. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  4. McFarlane, Brian (2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Manchester University Press. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  5. "IDLE STAR GETS ROLE AT LAST". The Sun (2491). Sydney. 14 January 1951. p. 38. Retrieved 28 September 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  7. Blackburn, Virginia (2017-04-13). "Was Toby Flood's famous grandfather a Soviet spy?". Daily Express. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  • Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies, 14th edition, Harper Collins, 2001; ISBN 0-06-093507-3
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