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Lockwood West
Harry Lockwood West

(1905-07-28)28 July 1905
Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
Died28 March 1989(1989-03-28) (aged 83)
Brighton, Sussex, England
Resting placeDowns Crematorium, Brighton
Olive Carleton-Crowe
(m. 1927;died 1985)
Children2, including Timothy West
Relatives Samuel West (grandson)

Harry Lockwood West (28 July 1905 – 28 March 1989) was a British actor. [1] He was the father of actor Timothy West and the grandfather of actor Samuel West.


Life and career

West was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England in 1905, the son of Mildred (née Hartley) and Henry Cope West, and through his mother a fourth cousin of the actress Margaret Lockwood, their common ancestor being Joseph Lockwood (c.1758–1837), a former Mayor of Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire. [2] West married the actress Olive Carleton-Crowe (died 1985) and with her had two children; a son, the actor Timothy West, and a daughter, Patricia.

He made his stage debut in 1926 as Lieutenant Allen in Alf's Button at the Hippodrome Theatre in Margate, Kent. His London stage debut was as Henry Bevan in The Barretts of Wimpole Street at the Queen's Theatre in 1931. [3]

West's television appearances included Just William (1962), Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1964), No Hiding Place (1965), The Prisoner (1967), Doctor at Large (1971), Please Sir! (1972), The Pallisers (1974), I, Claudius (1976), Porterhouse Blue (1987) and posthumously in Specials (1991). [4] He portrayed King Edward VII in 1972 in an episode of the LWT television drama series Upstairs, Downstairs entitled "Guest of Honour" - in which the King visited the family for dinner, and also in the BBC television drama series The Life and Times of David Lloyd George in 1981. His son Timothy West was to also play the King in the 1975 television series Edward the Seventh.

His film appearances include A Song for Tomorrow (1948), Bedazzled (1967), Up the Junction (1968), Jane Eyre (1970), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) [3] [4] and as Geoffrey in The Dresser (1983) .

On BBC Radio West appeared in numerous drama productions from the 1940s to the 1980s and between 1969 and 1980 played the role of Arthur Tyson in the BBC Radio 2 daily serial Waggoners' Walk . [5]

He died of cancer on 28 March 1989 in Brighton. [6]

Selected filmography

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  1. West on the British Film Institute website
  2. Ward R. D. (2014) Wealth and Notability: the Lockwood, Day and Metcalfe families of Yorkshire and London ISBN   9781291679403 http://copac.jisc.ac.uk/search?title=wealth%20and%20notability&rn=1
  3. 1 2 West on filmreference.com
  4. 1 2 West on the Internet Movie Database
  5. "BBC Genome Project". Waggoners' Walk. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  6. "Lockwood West". BFI. Retrieved 23 December 2022.