Mark Dignam

Mark Dignam (20 March 1909 – 29 September 1989) was a prolific English actor.[1][2]

Born in London, the son of a salesman in the steel industry, Dignam grew up in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire[3], and was educated at the Jesuit College, where he appeared in numerous Shakespearean plays.

He learned his craft touring Britain and America with Ben Greet's Shakespeare company.[4] His range extended from the Louis Macneice radio play, The Dark Tower in the 1940s to the TV thriller, The XYY Man in the late 1970s.[5][6]

Along with Philip Guard and John Bryning, Dignam can be heard on the fade-out of the Beatles' song "I Am the Walrus", during which is played a 1967 BBC radio broadcast of King Lear, with Dignam in the role of the Earl of Gloucester.[7]

Dignam was married three times, divorced twice (his character in The XYY Man frequently complains about the expense of maintaining multiple ex-wives).[8]


His brother Basil was also a well-known character actor and his sister-in-law was the actress Mona Washbourne.[9]

Dollis Hill

Mark Dignam lived in Dollis Hill, north-west London, from 1967 until his death in 1989.[10][11]

Selected filmography


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  2. "Mark Dignam - Theatricalia".
  3. South Yorkshire did not exist prior to 1 April 1974
  4. Wearing, J. P. (15 May 2014). "The London Stage 1930-1939: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel". Rowman & Littlefield via Google Books.
  5. "BBC Radio 4 - The Dark Tower". BBC.
  6. "The Xyy Man Part 1 Law and Order (1977)". BFI.
  7. "Recording, mixing, editing: I Am The Walrus, Your Mother Should Know". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  8. McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). "The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition". Oxford University Press via Google Books.
  9. "Basil Dignam - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  10. Walters, Max. "Campaign launched to save Old Oxgate Farm in Dollis Hill". Kilburn Times.
  11. "At Oxgate Farm - Spitalfields Life".

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