Leslie Sands

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Leslie Sands
Born(1921-05-19)19 May 1921
Died9 May 2001(2001-05-09) (aged 79)
Years active1961-1979,
Spouse(s)Pauline Williams (1950–9 May 2001) (his death).

Leslie Sands (19 May 1921 9 May 2001) [1] was a British actor and writer of TV and film. Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, Sands usually specialized in dour types in authority, often policemen. He was married to Pauline Williams (1950 - 9 May 2001) (his death).


According to the Guardian obituary, 'From school in Bradford, he went to Leeds University to read English, [and] caught the acting bug in student productions' [2] In 1941, Sands had his theatrical debut at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in several Royal National Theatre productions, among others.

His many TV roles included the lead character role of Cluff , The Saint , The Avengers , Z-Cars (where he also wrote several episodes), The Main Chance , Department S , Juliet Bravo , The Two Ronnies , Murder Most English , Boon and Stay Lucky .

The first TV adaptation of Johnny Speight’s If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have To Invent Them screened in 1968 (b&w) starred Sands in the role of the blind man. The revised colour version in 1974 starred Leonard Rossiter in the same role. He also appears with Leonard Rossiter in The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin (series 3, episode 3).

His film roles included appearances in The Deadly Affair (1966), Danger Route (1967), One More Time (1970), The Ragman's Daughter (1972), Escape from the Dark (1976) and Bloodline (1979).

Leslie's TV writing credits include Van Der Valk and A Family at War as well as Z-Cars .

Leslie Sands also wrote a number of plays, the most notable being Intent to Murder. His play, Deadlock, was adapted into the movie, Another Man’s Poison, starring Bette Davis and Gary Merrill.

His grandson is actor Devin Stanfield, known for his leading role in cult TV series The Box of Delights (1984), and guest star in Chocky (1984).


1961 The Clue of the New Pin Sergeant Harris
1962 Life for Ruth Clyde - newspaper editor
1962Death TrapDet. Insp. Simons
1965 Rapture First Gendarme
1967 The Deadly Affair Inspector
1967 Danger Route Man in Cinema
1967 One More Time Inspector Crock
1972 The Ragman's Daughter Doris' father
1976 Escape from the Dark Foreman Sam Carter
1979 Bloodline Doctor

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  1. "Leslie Sands". The Guardian. 23 May 2001. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2001/may/23/guardianobituaries. Archived 24 September 2021 at the Wayback Machine