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Arthur Chesney
Arthur William Kellaway

21 November 1881
Wandsworth, London, England
Died27 August 1949(1949-08-27) (aged 67)
Hampstead, London, England
Years active1920 1948
Spouse(s) Estelle Winwood
(m. 1907; div. 1928)
Kitty Ridge
(m. 19??; ? 19??)
Children Ann Dummett
Family Edmund Gwenn (brother),
Cecil Kellaway (Cousin)

Arthur William Kellaway (21 November 1881 – 27 August 1949), known as Arthur Chesney, was an English character actor who worked on stage and screen. [1] [2]



He was born 21 November 1881 in Hampstead, London, the son of John and Catherine Kellaway (née Oliver). [3] [4] [5] He was the brother of the actor Edmund Gwenn and the cousin of the actor Cecil Kellaway. He married actress Estelle Winwood in 1907 [6] but their marriage was dissolved and she remarried in 1928. [7] He later married Kitty Ridge, and they had daughter Ann Dummett in 1930. Ann went on to become a racial justice activist.

Chesney made his first stage appearance in 1903, in a play at County Theatre in Bedford. For many years he took part in many plays in London and New York. He died in a hospital on 27 August 1949 following a massive stroke in Hampstead, aged 67. [7]


1914 Lights of London Harold Armytage
1920 The Lure of Crooning Water Gerald Pinkerton
1927 The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Her Husband
1927 Hindle Wakes Sir Timothy Farrar
1930 French Leave Gen. Root
1931 The Shadow Between Pug Wilson
1932 Lord Babs Mr. Turpin
1932 The Indiscretions of Eve Father
1932 Fires of Fate Mr. Braddell
1933 Forging Ahead Shutley
1933 Chelsea Life Ambrose Lincoln
1933 The Fortunate Fool Battling Stubbs aka Batty
1933 Night of the Garter Vicar
1933 Sorrell and Son Mr. Porteous
1934 Colonel Blood Samuel Pepys
1934 The Queen's Affair Uncredited
1934 Youthful Folly Lord Wilmington
1936 Chick Lord Frensham
1936 Sensation Ernie Turnpit
1937 O.H.M.S. Suger DaddyUncredited
1937 London Melody Marius' Butler
1937 Please Teacher Round
1937 Song of the Forge Huckleberry
1945 I Know Where I'm Going! Harmonica Player
1948The Flamingo AffairRoberts(final film role)

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