Anthony Nicholls (actor)

Anthony Nicholls (16 October 1902 – 22 February 1977) was an English actor.[1]

Anthony Nicholls
Born(1902-10-16)16 October 1902
Windsor, Berkshire, England
Died22 February 1977(1977-02-22) (aged 74)
London, England
Years active1946–1977
Spouse(s)Faith Kent (?–1977; his death)
ChildrenPhoebe Nicholls
Parent(s)Horace Nicholls
Florence Holderness
RelativesTom Sturridge (grandson)
Matilda Sturridge (granddaughter)

Life and career

Nicholls was born 16 October 1902 in Windsor, Berkshire, England, the son of Florence (née Holderness) and photojournalist Horace Nicholls.[2] Distinguishing himself on the Shakespearean stage alongside the Redgrave family, Laurence Olivier and Peter O'Toole, he would go on to make the portrayal of government officials a way of life in his films.[3]

American audiences first saw Nicholls in the company of Ronald Reagan, Richard Todd and Patricia Neal in The Hasty Heart.[3] He made his television debut in 1949[4] and continued with steady work in acting for four decades, including the 1966 Academy Award-winning film A Man For All Seasons.[5] He was already a veteran by the time of the television series The Champions,[4] where he played his best-known role of W.L. Tremayne, the overseer of three top secret agents.[3]

Personal life

Nicholls and his wife, Faith Kent, are the parents of actress Phoebe Nicholls,[6] two of whose children are actors: son Tom Sturridge[7] and daughter Matilda Sturridge.[8] Anthony Nicholls died at age 74 on 22 February 1977.[5]





  1. "Anthony Nicholls – Broadway Cast & Staff". Internet Broadway Database (The Broadway League). Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  2. Buckland, Gail; Horace Walter Nicholls (1989). The golden summer: the Edwardian photographs of Horace W. Nicholls. Pavilion. p. 114.
  3. Erickson, Hal. "Anthony Nicholls Biography". Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  4. "BBC". The Champions- The TV Series. Retrieved 27 April 2007.
  5. "Anthony Nicholls". British Film Institute. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  6. McFarlane, Brian, ed. (2016). "Nicholls, Anthony". The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. UK: Manchester University Press. p. 1,975.
  7. Ellen, Barbara (3 July 2016). "Tom Sturridge: 'If I'd been a parent to myself, I would have been scared'". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  8. "Matilda Sturridge". 1883 Magazine. n.d. Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
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