Bruce Belfrage

Bruce Belfrage (30 October 1900 August 1974) was an English actor and BBC radio newsreader.[1] He was casting director at the BBC between 1936 and 1939, and founded the BBC Repertory Company in 1939.[2]

Bruce Belfrage
Photo by Lafayette, 1930
Born(1900-10-30)30 October 1900
Marylebone, London
DiedAugust 1974
Sydney, Australia
NationalityBritish
EducationGresham's School
Alma materSt John's College, Oxford
OccupationActor, broadcaster
Known forBBC newsreader during World War II
RelativesJulian Belfrage, son
Cedric Belfrage, brother
Sally Belfrage, niece
Nicolas Belfrage, nephew
Bryan Powley, uncle

Early life

Bruce Belfrage was born in Marylebone, London.[1] His younger brother was the author and journalist Cedric Belfrage.[3] He was educated at Gresham's School before taking an honours degree in modern languages at St John's College, Oxford.[4]

Career

Belfrage is reported as performing on stage in London with The Strolling Players in February 1923[5] He played in a notable triumph—A Sleeping Clergyman—with Robert Donat in 1933 and in BBC radio plays in 1934.[6] He appeared in his first film in 1932.[2] He was a broadcaster in the early days of 2LO at Savoy Hill, and in 1935 joined the BBC as a casting director and later became a news reader and announcer.[1][7]

In a famous incident on 15 October 1940, the BBC's Broadcasting House took a direct hit from a delayed-action German bomb, which eventually exploded during the nine o'clock radio news read by Belfrage.[1][8] Seven people were killed, and Belfrage, covered with plaster and soot, carried on reading the news as if nothing had happened.[1][8] Listeners at home heard just a dull thud.[8] He enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve in 1942, and was demobilized with the rank of lieutenant-commander.[1]

Belfrage was an unsuccessful Liberal candidate for the South Buckinghamshire division at the 1950 General Election.[9] Belfrage polled a creditable 16.5% but never contested another election.[1]

Migration to Australia

In September 1958, for health reasons, Belfrage migrated to Australia with his second wife Joyce, a TV producer.[10] They lived in Melbourne for seven months and transferred to Sydney in 1959.[11] Joyce Belfrage quit the ABC in 1962 to work in the advertising industry and initiate a programme of media studies at Macquarie University.[12]

Death

Bruce Belfrage died in Sydney at the age of 73.[1] He was married to the actress Joan Henley with whom he had a son, Julian Rochfort Belfrage.[13] After his divorce from Henley, Belfrage married Joyce Belfrage.[14]

Filmography

Publication

One Man In His Time, by Bruce Belfrage. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1951[33]

References

  1. Obituary in The Times, Mr Bruce Belfrage, August 17, 1974, p.14
  2. McFarlane, Brian; Slide, Anthony (2013). "Belfrage, Bruce". The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth Edition. Manchester University Press. p. 62. Retrieved 6 July 2019 via Google Books.
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  5. Chapin, Harold (17 February 1923). "The Marriage of Columbine: Performance by The Strolling Players". The Times. p. 24.
  6. "BBC Programmes—Home Stations, National". The Times. 15 February 1934. p. 8.
  7. "House of Commons: With Full Results of the Polling, Biographies of Members and Unsuccessful Candidates, Photographs of All Members, and a Complete Analysis, Statistical Tables, and a Map of the General Election". Times Office. 30 June 2019. p. 165. Retrieved 30 June 2019 via Google Books.
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  11. Sitsky, Bob. Extract of interview by Graham Shirley, Joyce Belfrage Talks about the ABC, at website of ABC TV, Gore Hill.
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