Donald Eccles

Donald Eccles (26 April 1908 2 February 1986[1]) was a British character actor.[2]

Donald Eccles
1939 Spotlight photo
Donald Yarrow Eccles

(1908-04-26)26 April 1908
Died2 February 1986(1986-02-02) (aged 77)

Donald Yarrow Eccles was born in Nafferton, Yorkshire on 26 April 1908 the son of Charles Henry and Constance Eccles, his father was a doctor. Eccles was educated at Highgate School and then worked in an insurance office.[3]

He made his stage debut in New York City in 1930, and later became known as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.[2] His debut in London was in Counsellor at Law in 1934 at the Picadilly.[3] During the Second World War he spent six years in the navy.[3]

In 1960 he acted in the film A Taste of Money and later appeared in many other films including A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968), The Wicker Man (1973), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982), Coming Out of the Ice (1982), The Dresser (1983), The Master of Ballantrae (1984), A Private Function (1984) and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985). He also appeared in many television roles, such as Pollio in I, Claudius and Mr Justice Vosper in the second series of Rumpole of the Bailey, until his death in a road accident in Brighton.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1961A Taste of MoneyJoe
1968A Midsummer Night's DreamStarveling
1973The Wicker ManT.H. Lennox
1982The Hunchback of Notre DameJudgeTV movie
1982Coming Out of the IceNesterovTV movie
1983The DresserMr. Godstone
1984The Master of BallantraeJohn PaulTV movie
1984A Private FunctionFather
1985Young Sherlock HolmesThe Reverend Duncan Nesbitt


  2. "Donald Eccles - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  3. "Mr Donald Eccles." Times [London, England] 5 Feb. 1986: 14. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 30 Mar. 2012.
  4. "Donald Eccles".

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