|Died||28 September 1969 60) (aged|
(m. 1937; div. 1940)
|Years of service||1929 - 1932|
1939 - 1945
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
|Awards||Medal of Freedom (US)|
Bruce Lovat Seton was born in Simla, British India, the younger of two sons of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Bruce Gordon Seton of Abercorn (1868–1934), 9th Baronet and his wife, Elma Armstrong (died 1960). He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and then trained at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
Bruce was commissioned into the Black Watch in 1929 as a 2nd Lieutenant, but resigned his commission in 1932. A brief interruption in his acting career came during the Second World War and in November 1939 he held the rank of Captain in the 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), ending the war as Major (temporary). His service number was 44304 and he was awarded the Medal of Freedom.
Bruce began his acting career in the chorus line at Drury Lane Theatre and in 1935 he starred in Ralph Ince's film Blue Smoke as character Don Chinko.
He played Inspector Fabian of Scotland Yard in 1950s TV series Fabian of the Yard. The series was based on the career of the former Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Robert Fabian, who usually appeared briefly before the final fade-out to wind up the story.
Bruce's last role was as the voice of Beadle in The Wonderful World of Disney from 1962-63.
He fenced and boxed in the Army and was a founder member with other actors of the Lord’s Taverners, a charity which raises funds to support participation in cricket.
In 1963, on 7th February, the death of his brother, Alexander (Sandy) Hay Seton (who had no male heirs), Bruce became the 11th Seton baronet.
He met fellow actor Tamara Desni Willhelm (1911-2008) on the set of Blue Smoke in 1936, became her second husband in 1937 in London and divorced in 1940.
He married his second wife, actor Antoinette Cellier (Florence Antoinette Glossop Cellier), in 1940 in London. They had a daughter, Lydia Antoinette Gordon Seton, born on 14 November 1941.
- Flame in the Heather (1935) - Murray
- Blue Smoke (1935) - Don Chinko
- The Vandergilt Diamond Mystery (1936) - Hardcastle
- Wedding Group (1936) - Dr. Jock Carnegie
- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936) - Mark
- Melody of My Heart (1936) - Jim Brent
- The End of the Road (1936) - Donald Carson
- Jack of All Trades (1936) - Dancer (uncredited)
- Love from a Stranger (1937) - Ronald Bruce
- Cafe Colette (1937) - Roger Manning
- Racing Romance (1937) - Harry Stone
- Fifty-Shilling Boxer (1937) - Jack Foster
- Father Steps Out (1937) - Johnnie Miller
- The Green Cockatoo (1937) - Madison - Tall Henchman
- Weddings Are Wonderful (1938) - John Smith
- You're the Doctor (1938) - Appleby
- Miracles Do Happen (1939) - Rodney Gilmore
- Annie Laurie (1939) - Jamie Turner
- Old Mother Riley Joins Up (1939) - Lt. Travers
- Lucky to Me (1939) - Lord 'Tiny' Tyneside
- Return to Yesterday (1940) - Journalist (uncredited)
- The Middle Watch (1940) - Captain Randall
- The Curse of the Wraydons (1946) - Jack Wraydon / Spring-Heeled Jack
- Bond Street (1948) - Sergeant
- The Story of Shirley Yorke (1948) - Captain Sharp
- Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) - Allan Macrae (uncredited)
- Scott of the Antarctic (1948) - Lt. H. Pennell R.N.
- Look Before You Love (1948) - Johns
- Whisky Galore! (1949) - Sergeant Odd
- The Blue Lamp (1950) - PC Campbell
- Paul Temple's Triumph (1950) - Bill Bryant
- Seven Days to Noon (1950) - Brigadier Grant (uncredited)
- Portrait of Clare (1950) - Lord Steven Wolverbury
- Blackmailed (1951) - Supt. Crowe
- Worm's Eye View (1951) - Squadron Leader Briarly
- White Corridors (1951) - Policeman
- High Treason (1951)
- Take Me to Paris (1951) - Gerald Vane
- Emergency Call (1952) - Sgt. Bellamy
- The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1952) - Gordon Jayne
- The Cruel Sea (1953) - Tallow
- Mogambo (1953) - Wilson (uncredited)
- Eight O'Clock Walk (1954) - D. C. I.
- Doctor in the House (1954) - Police Driver (uncredited)
- Delayed Action (1954) - Sellars
- Man of the Moment (1955) - Fabian of the Yard (uncredited)
- Breakaway (1956) - Webb
- Morning Call (1957) - Inspector S.G. Brown
- There's Always a Thursday (1957) - James Pelly
- West of Suez (1957) - Major Osborne
- The Crooked Sky (1957) - Inspector 'Mac' Macauley
- Undercover Girl (1958) - Ted Austin
- The Heart of a Man (1959) - River Police Inspector (uncredited)
- Strictly Confidential (1959) - Inspector Shearing
- Make Mine a Million (1959) - Supt. James
- Violent Moment (1959) - Inspector Davis
- The 39 Steps (1959) - Policeman on Train (uncredited)
- John Paul Jones (1959) - 1st Villager
- Carry On Constable (1960) - (uncredited)
- Trouble with Eve (1960) - Col. Digby-Phillpotts
- Operation Cupid (1960) - Representative
- The League of Gentlemen (1960) - Patrolman (uncredited)
- Just Joe (1960) - Charlie
- Freedom to Die (1961) - Felix
- Gorgo (1961) - Prof. Flaherty
- Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961) - Prosecutor
- The Frightened City (1961) - Assistant Commissioner
- Ambush in Leopard Street (1962) - Nimmo
- The Pot Carriers (1962) - Prison Officer I / C Cell Block
- Dead Man's Evidence (1962) - Colonel James Somerset
- Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (1963) - Beadle
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 29 May 1909 – 7th February 1963: Bruce Lovat Seton
- 7th February 1963 - 28 September 1969: Sir Bruce Lovat Seton Bt
- 7th February 1963 Baronet, 11th baronet, of Abercorn (cr. 1663)
- 1947 Medal of Freedom
- "Bruce Seton". BFI.
- "Family of Sir Bruce SETON of Abercorn, 9th Baronet and Elma ARMSTRONG". Hamish Haynes.
- "Bruce Seton". Scotland's People.
- "Person Page - 57442". The Peerage.
- "Record Details for Bruce Lovat Seton (Cameronians (Scottish Rifles))". Forces War Records.
- "Supplement to the London Gazette, 23 May, 1947" (PDF). The Gazette.
- "Cast of Blue Smoke". Artist Direct.
- "Fabian of the Yard (1954) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.
- "Walt Disney Treasures: Dr. Syn - The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh DVD Review". dvdizzy.com.
- "Marriage Record Bruce Lovat Seton and Florence Antoinette Glossop Cellier". Scotland's People.
- "Daily Record and Mail, Thursday February 15,1940 - Married Hour After Divorce" (PDF). Scotland's People.
- "Online records show actor 'remarried one hour after divorce'". The Scotsman.
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