Bryan Powley

Bryan Gilbert Powley (16 September 1871 – 18 December 1962) was a British stage and film actor.[1][2][3][4][5] He began his career in the era of silent film.[6][7]

Bryan Powley
1939 Spotlight photo
Bryan Gilbert Powley

(1871-09-16)16 September 1871
Died18 December 1962(1962-12-18) (aged 91)
RelativesNephews: Bruce Belfrage and Cedric Belfrage


Powley was born on 16 September 1871 in Reading, the son of the Rev. Matthew Powley and Louisa Jane Tinker.[8] His father was at that time Vicar of Whitley, Reading, but had formerly been Chaplain to the British Community in Málaga and a Canon in Gibraltar.[9]

On 7 September 1904, Powley married Evelyn Mary Foster at All Saints Church, Hampstead.[10] Evelyn Mary Foster was the daughter of Joseph Foster, the eminent genealogist.[10] On 19 May 1905, Bryan Powley and Evelyn Foster had a daughter, Esmay Margaret Powley.[11]

Powley was the uncle of Bruce Belfrage and Cedric Belfrage.[8] He died in Worthing, Sussex, on 18 December 1962.[12][13]

Selected filmography


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  12. Death Notice, The Times, December 19, 1962, p.1
  13. Obituary in The Stage Year Book. Published by Carson & Comerford Limited, 1963
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