Timothy Bateson

Timothy Dingwall Bateson (3 April 1926 – 16 September 2009) was an English actor. Born in London, the son of solicitor Dingwall Latham Bateson and the great-nephew of rugby player Harold Dingwall Bateson, he was educated at Uppingham School in Rutland and Wadham College, Oxford. At Oxford, he read history, rowed cox for the Wadham College Boat Club during Eights Week and performed in the Oxford University Dramatic Society.[1]

Timothy Bateson
Timothy Dingwall Bateson

(1926-04-03)3 April 1926
London, England, UK
Died16 September 2009(2009-09-16) (aged 83)
London, England, UK
Years active1947–2007
Sheila Shand Gibbs
(m. 1953; his death 2009)

Bateson's stage credits included the first British production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in 1955 at the Arts Theatre in London in a production directed by Peter Hall.[1]

He appeared in many film, television and radio productions including The Cadfael Chronicles, Doctor Who (in the serial entitled The Ribos Operation) and Labyrinth.

He also provided the voices for several characters in the children's TV series TUGS (1988).

Since 1994, he did the voice of Measley from the audiotape version of the Animals of Farthing Wood.

Bateson was featured in many productions of Focus On The Family Radio Theater. Among his appearances on the program were in A Christmas Carol (1996), where he doubled as narrator and as the Ghost of Christmas Present; Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost Of Freedom (1997), portraying Dr. Karl Bonhoeffer; Ben-Hur (2001), portraying Balthasar; and Father Gilbert Mysteries: The Silver Cord (2004), portraying Mr. Lehman.

He voiced the house-elf Kreacher in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, his last work.

Family and death

In 1953, Bateson married former actress Sheila Shand Gibbs, with whom he had three children, Elizabeth, Andrew and Caroline. He and his wife were committed Christians. He died in London at the age of 83 on 16 September 2009. He was survived by his wife, their children and his older sister Ann.[1] [2]

Selected filmography


  1. Michael Coveney Obituary, The Guardian, 8 November 2009
  2. "Harry Potter actor Timothy Bateson dead at 83- Big Cartoon Forum". Forum.bcdb.com. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  3. The 10th Kingdom full cast
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