Marne Maitland

Marne Maitland (18 December 1914 – March 1992) was an Anglo-Indian character actor in films and television programmes.

Marne Maitland
James Marne Kumar Maitland

18 December 1914[1]
DiedMarch 1992 (aged 77)
Years active1937–1990


Born in Calcutta,[2] educated at Bedales School and Magdalene College, Cambridge,[3] Maitland made his film debut in Cairo Road (1950). His sharp, dark features and small stature saw him type cast as villains from the Middle and Far East, particularly for Hammer Film Productions. These include The Camp on Blood Island (1958), The Stranglers of Bombay (1960), The Terror of the Tongs (1961), and as Malay in The Reptile (1966).[4]

Other film roles include Father Brown (1954), Bhowani Junction (1956), Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959), I'm All Right Jack (1959), Cleopatra (1963), Lord Jim (1965), Khartoum (1966), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Man of La Mancha (1972), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).[5]

He made numerous television appearances in programmes such as The Buccaneers, Danger Man, The Avengers (appearing as a sinister eastern delegate in the episode "Death's Door" in 1967),[6] The Saint, The Champions, Department S, and Randall and Hopkirk. One of his television roles was as Pandit Baba, a scholar agitating for an end to British rule in India, in the Granada series The Jewel in the Crown (1984).[7]


He died in March 1992.[2]



  1. 1939 England and Wales Register
  2. "Marne Maitland". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  3. Bedales School Roll, 1993, published by Bedales School
  4. "Marne Maitland - Movies and Filmography".
  5. "Marne Maitland".
  6. "Death's Door (1967) - BFI". BFI.
  7. "The Jewel in the Crown Episode 5 Regimental Silver (1984)". BFI.
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