Dermot Walsh

Dermot Walsh (10 September 1924 – 26 June 2002) was an Irish stage, film and television actor, known for portraying King Richard the Lionheart in the 1962 television series Richard the Lionheart.[1]

Dermot Walsh
Born(1924-09-10)10 September 1924
Died26 June 2002(2002-06-26) (aged 77)
Hazel Court
(m. 1949; div. 1963)

Diana Scougall
(m. 1968; div. 1974)

Elizabeth Madeleine Annear
(m. 1974; died 1993)
Children4, including Elisabeth Dermot Walsh

Early life

Born in Dublin,[2] Walsh was the son of a journalist and a civil servant.[3] He attended St Mary's College, Rathmines, and on the wishes of his parents, read Law at University College Dublin.[3] Walsh studied acting at the Abbey Theatre School and spent three years with Lord Longford's repertory company at the Gate Theatre,[2] working as an assistant stage hand.[3]


In 1945 Walsh moved to Britain and briefly joined the Croydon Repertory. Upon his return to Dublin he was spotted by a talent scout from the Rank Organisation. This led to parts in Bedelia, Hungry Hill and The Mark of Cain, and the beginning of Walsh's career in film.[3] He appeared in seven films as a leading man, before returning to the theatre. Walsh later resumed his film career in a series of B movies.[2] He appeared in over forty films made for film and a hundred for television,[3] making his final film appearance in 1983.

Walsh made his first London stage appearance in George Bernard Shaw's Buoyant Billions at the Prince's Theatre in 1949.[2] A prolific theatre actor,[3] Walsh's many theatre credits included Reluctant Heroes, The Man Most Likely To, Laburnum Grove and The Mousetrap.[2] He also turned his hand to writing and producing, writing the play The Murder Line in 1967 and producing later productions, including Blithe Spirit and Stage Struck.[4]

Walsh's television work included appearances in Danger Man, No Hiding Place and Softly, Softly. He played the title role in the 39 half-hour episodes series Richard the Lionheart between 1962 and 1963.[2]

Personal life

Walsh was married three times. His married actress Hazel Court in 1949, and the couple had daughter Sally (1950) before divorcing in 1963. He next married actress Diana Scougall in 1968, and the couple had son Michael (1969) before divorcing in 1974. He married actress Elizabeth Annear that same year, and the couple had two daughters, actress Elisabeth Dermot Walsh (1974) and Olivia (1977), before Elizabeth Annear died in 1993.[3][4]



  1. "Dermot Walsh". BFI.
  2. Vallance, Tom (4 July 2002). "Dermot Walsh - Obituaries, News". The Independent. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
  3. "Obituaries - Dermot Walsh". The Daily Telegraph. 3 July 2002. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
  4. "Dermot Walsh". IMDb. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
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