Leslie Sands

Leslie Sands (19 May 1921 9 May 2001)[1] was a British actor and writer of TV and film. Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, Sands usually specialized in dour types in authority, often policemen. He was married to Pauline Williams (1950 - 9 May 2001) (his death).

Leslie Sands
Born(1921-05-19)19 May 1921
Died9 May 2001(2001-05-09) (aged 79)
Years active1961-1979,
Spouse(s)Pauline Williams (1950–9 May 2001) (his death).

In 1941, Sands had his theatrical debut at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in several Royal National Theatre productions, among others. His many TV roles included the lead character role of Cluff, The Saint, The Avengers, Z-Cars (where he also wrote several episodes), The Main Chance, Department S, Juliet Bravo, The Two Ronnies, Murder Most English, Boon and Stay Lucky. He also appeared in ‘man at the top’series 2 (1972)’the knackers yard’ He also appeared in ‘man about the house’ as Robins father in ‘carry me back to old Southampton’ The first TV adaptation of Johnny Speight’s ‘if there weren’t any blacks you’d have to invent them’screened in 1968 (b&m) starred Sands in the role of the blind man. The revised colour version in 1974 starred Leonard Rossiter in the same role.

His film roles included appearances in The Deadly Affair (1966), Danger Route (1967), One More Time (1970), The Ragman's Daughter (1972), Escape from the Dark (1976) and Bloodline (1979).

Leslie's TV writing credits include Van Der Valk and A Family at War as well as Z-Cars.

Leslie Sands also wrote a number of plays, the most notable being Intent to Murder.

His grandson is actor Devin Stanfield, known for his leading role in cult TV series The Box of Delights (1984), and guest star in Chocky (1984).


Year Title Role Notes
1961The Clue of the New PinSergeant Harris
1962Life for RuthClyde - newspaper editor
1962Death TrapDet. Insp. Simons
1965RaptureFirst Gendarme
1967The Deadly AffairInspector
1967Danger RouteMan in Cinema
1967One More TimeInspector Crock
1972The Ragman's DaughterDoris' father
1976Escape from the DarkForeman Sam Carter


  1. "Leslie Sands". The Guardian. 23 May 2001. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
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