Hugh Burden

Hugh Archibald Nairn Burden[1] (3 April 1913 – 17 May 1985) was an English actor and playwright.

Hugh Burden
Born(1913-04-03)3 April 1913
Died17 May 1985(1985-05-17) (aged 72)
London, England
Occupationactor and playwright

Burden was the son of a colonial official and was educated at Beaumont College and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and RADA. He then appeared on stage in repertory theatre in Croydon and in London's West End before military service in the Hampshire Regiment and the Indian Army from 1939 to 1942.

Burden made appearances in numerous UK television plays and series including Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space (1970), The Crezz (1976), Sykes (1979), Strange Report (1968) and The Avengers (1963).[2] He played the title role in The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder (1969). His many film appearances include One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942), The Way Ahead (1944), Fame Is the Spur (1947), Malta Story (1953), Funeral in Berlin (1966), Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) and The Ruling Class (1972).[3]

Burden also acted in radio plays and was known for readings of the works of authors such as T. S. Eliot and Evelyn Waugh.[4][5] He also wrote several television and stage plays and was an Equity council member.[6][7]

He married actress Joy Hodgkinson in 1950, with whom he had a daughter [8] but the marriage was dissolved in 1955 on the grounds of her desertion[9]. A subsequent marriage to Margaret de Loebra in 1957 was dissolved in 1962, on the grounds of his desertion.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. The Daily Telegraph, July 25 1962
  2. "Hugh Burden".
  3. "Hugh Burden". BFI.
  4. "The Thirties in Britain". 9 December 1965. p. 28 via BBC Genome.
  5. "Sword of Honour". 1 August 1974. p. 25 via BBC Genome.
  6. "Myself a Stranger · British Universities Film & Video Council".
  7. "The Poetical Policeman (1969)". BFI.
  8. Daily Mirror, November 15 1955
  9. "Hugh Burden Gets Decree". The Daily Telegraph. 15 November 1955.

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