Campbell Cotts

Campbell Cotts (real name Sir William Campbell Mitchell-Cotts, Baronet) (1902–1964) was a South African-born actor of British stage, film and television.[1][2][3] A former barrister and a published poet, Cotts studied at Cambridge and fought in WW II, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment).[4][5] His acting roles included a Broadway appearance opposite Katharine Hepburn in a revival of Shaw's The Millionairess at the Shubert Theatre in 1952.[6]

Campbell Cotts
Portrait by John Vere Brown, 1957
William Campbell Cotts

21 April 1902
Fondebosch, South Africa
Died19 February 1964 (aged 61)
London, England
Other namesSir William Campbell Mitchell-Cotts, 2nd Baronet
OccupationActor, writer, barrister
Years active1947–1962 (film & TV)
Spouse(s)Princess Hélène Marie de la Trémoïlle
(m. 1934;div. 1939)

Selected filmography



  • Steve Chibnall. J. Lee Thompson. Manchester University Press, 2000.

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