Hugh Wakefield

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Hugh Wakefield
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Born(1888-11-01)1 November 1888
Wanstead, Essex, England
Died5 December 1971(1971-12-05) (aged 83)
London, England
OccupationFilm actor
Military career
AllegianceFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Service Royal Air Force
War World War II

Hugh Wakefield (10 November 1888 – 5 December 1971) was an English film actor, who played supporting roles. [1] He was often seen wearing a monocle. [2] [3]


Hugh Claude Wakefield was born in Wanstead, Essex. He also had a distinguished stage career, [4] which began at the age of 11. City of Song (1931) was his first film. [5] After completing 1954's The Million Pound Note , Wakefield retired from film acting. [6] He died 5 December 1971 in London aged 83.


Wakefield appeared in the original London productions of Between Friends (1930), Take a Chance (1931), Tea for Two (1938), Off the Record (1947), Top Secret (1949) and The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1955) .

Personal life

Hugh Wakefield served with the RAF during World War II, along with his Blithe Spirit co-star Rex Harrison. He was also an avid sportsman, particularly enjoying golf and tennis. [6] His daughter, Margaret Diana (1933-2015), married the aristocratic jockey Gay Kindersley. [7]

Selected filmography

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  2. "National Portrait Gallery - Portrait - NPG x198712; Hugh Wakefield".
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  5. "Pagliacci & City of Song". Bel Canto Society web site. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2009.
  6. 1 2 David Absalom. "Hugh Wakefield".
  7. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th ed., vol. 2, ed. Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage Ltd, 2003, p. 2170