Garfield Morgan

Thomas Timothy Garfield Morgan (19 April 1931 – 5 December 2009), known professionally as Garfield Morgan, was an English actor who appeared mostly on television and occasionally in films.[1][2]

Garfield Morgan
Thomas Timothy Garfield Morgan

(1931-04-19)19 April 1931
Died5 December 2009(2009-12-05) (aged 78)
London, UK
Years active19562007
Spouse(s)Dilys Laye (19631972 or before) (divorced)

Born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, Morgan was apprenticed as a dental mechanic before going to drama school in his home town.[3] He started his acting career with the Arena Theatre, Birmingham.[4] He then went on to be Director of Productions at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury from 1957 to 1958 and then at Manchester's Library Theatre 1959 to 1960.[5] He was Associate Director of the Northcott Theatre 1976 to 1978 and Associate Director of the Nottingham Playhouse in 1978.[6]

Entering TV in 1955, he made hundreds of appearances in many shows.[4] He played Detective Chief Inspector Gwyn Lewis in the first series of the BBC police series Softly, Softly, but his best remembered role was as Detective Chief Inspector Frank Haskins in the Euston Films/Thames Television's British crime series of the 1970s, The Sweeney.[7][6] Morgan appeared in all four series of the programme.[8] He appeared in "The House on Haunted Hill" episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in 1969.[9] He continued to perform in character roles on TV, most recently in The Bill. He appeared on Hallelujah!, No Job for a Lady and Shelley.[6] His film roles included The Odessa File and 28 Weeks Later.[10]

He appeared on Z-Cars, The Bill, The Likely Lads, Dr. Finlay's Casebook, No Hiding Place, Callan, Redcap, Paul Temple, The Persuaders!, The Avengers, On the Buses, Dixon of Dock Green, Special Branch, Sutherland's Law, George and Mildred, The Gentle Touch, Lovejoy, Bad Girls, Heartbeat, Crown Court, The Saint, Minder, Shelley, Public Eye, The Troubleshooters and Holby City.[1]

Personal life

He was married to the actress Dilys Laye in 1963 (marriage dissolved). He listed his hobbies as golf, photography and riding (show-jumping and eventing). Morgan died from cancer on 5 December 2009.[6]



  1. III, Harris M. Lentz (21 March 2016). "Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2009: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture". McFarland via Google Books.
  2. "Garfield Morgan - Theatricalia".
  3. Live, Birmingham (1 January 2010). "Sweeney star dies, aged 78". birminghammail.
  4. "Lives Remembered". 30 December 2009 via
  5. Gaughan, Gavin (16 February 2010). "Garfield Morgan obituary" via
  6. "Garfield Morgan: Actor best known for playing Jack Regan's boss in". The Independent. 30 December 2009.
  7. "Garfield Morgan". 11 May 2012.
  8. "The Sweeney [TV Series] (1975) - - Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  9. "House on Haunted Hill (1969)". BFI.
  10. "Garfield Morgan". BFI.
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