Tom Chatto

Thomas Chatto (1 September 1920 – 8 August 1982) was an English actor. He made some 28 appearances between 1957 and his death. Chatto appeared mostly in films, including Oscar Wilde (1960) in which he played the Clerk of Arraigns. He had a minor role in the pilot episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in 1969 in the episode, "My Late Lamented Friend and Partner".

Tom Chatto
Chatto in Guy Hamilton's Battle of Britain (1969)
Thomas Chatto St George Sproule

(1920-09-01)1 September 1920
Died8 August 1982(1982-08-08) (aged 61)
London, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Known forActor and father-in-law of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Princess Margaret
Spouse(s)Rosalind Joan Thompson
Children2, including Daniel Chatto

Early life and career

Born Thomas Chatto St George Sproule, Chatto was also well known for his role in the 1969 Guy Hamilton film, Battle of Britain. According to a London Palladium souvenir brochure from a 1970 production of Aladdin, he was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. During the war he was commissioned in the Indian Army. He is also the great-grandson of the founder of Chatto and Windus, the well-known publishers. After the war he maintained the family interest in books and became a director of the firm of book sellers, Pickering and Chatto. His work in the theatre includes Fings ain't Wot they used to be, My Fair Lady, Number 10, The young visitors, Hushabye, and The man who power over women. He has appeared on TV in Honey Lane, The Expert, and Happy ever after. In 1969 he appeared with Tommy Steele and Mary Hopkins in Dick Whittington at The London Palladium and in 1970 was The Emperor of China in Aladdin with Cilla Black, Alfred Marks and Leslie Crowther, and with Alec Guinness in the play Time out of Mind.


Chatto married Rosalind Joan Thompson, who became a successful talent agent under the name Ros Chatto (died 5 June 2012); the couple had two sons: James and Daniel.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1957The Girl in the PictureGeorge Keefe
1957Quatermass 2Broadhead
1960Oscar WildeClerk of Arraigns
1962The BoysMorris
1966The Frozen DeadInspector Witt
1967It!Young Captain
1969Battle of BritainWilloughby's Assistant Controller
1970My Lover My SonWoods
1971AssaultPolice Doctor
1971When Eight Bells TollLord Kirkside
1974GalileoTown Crier
1975The Romantic EnglishwomanNeighbour
1979The Human FactorGeneral Phipps


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