Jack Hedley

Jack Hedley (born 28 October 1930 as Jack Hawkins;[1] he changed his name to avoid confusion with his namesake) is an English actor, best known for his performances on television.

Jack Hedley
Jack Hawkins

(1930-10-28) 28 October 1930
Spouse(s)Jean (divorced 1984); two sons

Early life

Hedley was born in London and educated at Emanuel School. His screen career began in 1950 with a 13-minute drama-documentary about polio called A Life to be Lived. In the 1950s he made a number of appearances in films and on television, such as Left Right and Centre, Fair Game and the Alun Owen-scripted No Trams to Lime Street with Billie Whitelaw.


He became a TV star in the Francis Durbridge-scripted BBC series The World of Tim Frazer (transmitted from November 1960 to March 1961), the 18 instalments of which comprised three separate serials of six episodes each. He also played Corrigan Blake in Alun Owen's BBC play You Can't Win 'Em All (1962) the role being taken over by John Turner in the series Corrigan Blake that resulted the following year. He was also in Alun Owen's A Little Winter Love (1965), part of the Theatre 625 series.

He appeared in a number of British films of the 1960s, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Scarlet Blade (1963), Witchcraft (1964), Of Human Bondage (1964), The Secret of Blood Island (1964) and The Anniversary (1968). He also had a lead role as Lt. Colonel Preston in Colditz (1972–74).

Hedley later appeared in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981) as Sir Timothy Havelock, also voicing Havelock's parrot. Soon after this, in the autumn of 1981 he played the lead role (cynical investigative cop Fred Williams) in Lucio Fulci's The New York Ripper (Lo squartatore di New York, 1982), in which his voice was dubbed by American actor Edward Mannix. He also starred with Stanley Baker and Jean Seberg in the film of Irwin Shaw's In The French Style (1963).

His other TV appearances include: The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre- Never Back Losers (1961),The Saint (1965), Gideon's Way ("The Alibi Man", 1965), Softly, Softly (1967), Dixon of Dock Green (1969), The Buccaneers (1957), the ex-serviceman Alan Haldane in Who Pays the Ferryman? (1977), Return of the Saint (1979), One by One (1984), Remington Steele (also 1984), Only Fools and Horses ("A Royal Flush", 1986), 'Allo 'Allo (1992), Dalziel and Pascoe (1998) and the TV film version of Brief Encounter (1974).


Year Title Role Notes
1958Behind the MaskDr. Galbraith
1959Room at the TopArchitectUncredited
1959Left Right and CentreBill Hemmingway
1960Cone of SilenceSecond Officer
1960Make Mine MinkJim Benham
1961Never Back LosersJim Matthews
1962The Longest DayRAF Briefing OfficerUncredited
1962Lawrence of ArabiaReporter at Lawrence's FuneralUncredited
1962Nine Hours to RamaKilpatrick
1963The Very EdgeInspector McInnes
1963In the French StyleBill Norton
1963The Scarlet BladeEdward Beverley, The Scarlet Blade
1964WitchcraftBill Lanier
1964Of Human BondageGriffiths
1964The Secret of Blood IslandCrewe
1967How I Won the WarMelancholy Musketeer
1968The AnniversaryTerry Taggart
1969Goodbye, Mr. ChipsWilliam Baxter
1974Brief EncounterGraham Jesson
1977The Devil's AdvocateVatican Doctor
1981For Your Eyes OnlySir Timothy Havelock
1982New York RipperLt. Fred Williams
1987Three Kinds of HeatKirkland
1997KarakterMr. Forester


  1. Room, Adrian (2012). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 224. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
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