Anthony Wager

Anthony A. "Tony" Wager (24 June 1932 23 December 1990) was an English actor and television writer. Wager is best known for portraying the role of the young "Pip" in David Lean's 1946 film of Great Expectations.

Anthony Wager
Born(1932-06-24)24 June 1932
Willesden, London, England
Died23 December 1990(1990-12-23) (aged 58)
Other namesTony Wager
EducationChrist's College
OccupationActor, television writer
Years active19461988

Early life and career

Wager was born in Willesden, London and grew up in Mill Hill, Hendon. Wager’s father was a plumber and decorator.[1] He studied at Christ's College. In 1945, Wager auditioned call for the role of ’Pip’ in the film Great Expectations. Wager won the role and was praised by critics for his performance. He won a Film Daily Critics Award for Best Performance For a Juvenile for his role in the film.[2]

After appearing in Great Expectations, Wager continued working in films and television in England. He often lived with the director Brian Desmond Hurst.[3] In the late 1950s, Wager moved to Sydney, Australia where he continued his career in both film and television but occasionally returned to England for acting jobs.[4] He made his final onscreen appearance in the 1988 Australian television movie The Boardroom. Wager then moved to Bali, Indonesia for health reasons.


On 23 December 1990, Wager died at age of 58 in Bali. He was given a Balinese funeral and his ashes were scattered at a lake.

Partial filmography


  1. Holstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia From 1895 To 1995. p. 180.
  2. "Critics Award Acting Honors". The Spokesman-Review. 26 October 1948. p. 2. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  3. "A Tribute to Anthony Wager".
  4. "English Actor Returning To Film Role". The Age. 1 August 1957. p. 1. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
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