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Michael Wilding (actor)
English television and film actor

Michael Wilding (actor)

Michael Wilding (actor)
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Intro English television and film actor
Was Actor Talent agent
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 23 July 1912, Leigh-on-Sea
Death 8 July 1979, London (aged 67 years)
Spouse: Elizabeth TaylorMargaret Leighton
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Michael Charles Gauntlet Wilding (23 July 1912 – 8 July 1979) was an English stage, television and film actor.

Early life

Born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, and educated at Christ's Hospital, Wilding was a successful commercial artist when he joined the art department of a London film studio in 1933. He soon embarked on an acting career.


He appeared in numerous British films, often opposite Anna Neagle, but had a less productive career in Hollywood. His screen performances included Sailors Three (1940), In Which We Serve (1942), Undercover (1943), Piccadilly Incident (1946), Spring in Park Lane (1948), Stage Fright (1950), Torch Song (1953) and The World of Suzie Wong (1960).

In 1952, British exhibitors voted him the fourth most popular star at the local box office.

His last appearance was in an uncredited, non-speaking cameo in Lady Caroline Lamb (1972), which co-starred his last wife, Margaret Leighton.

He also appeared on television, including the title role in the 1957 episode "The Trial of Colonel Blood" of NBC's anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show.

Box-office ranking

At the peak of his career, British exhibitors voted him among the most popular stars in the country:

  • 1947 – seventh most popular British star
  • 1948 – fifth most popular star
  • 1949 – second most popular star
  • 1950 – sixth most popular British star
  • 1951 – tenth most popular star
  • 1952 – fourth most popular British star

Personal life

Wilding was married four times: to Kay Young (married 1937, divorced 1951), actress Elizabeth Taylor (married 1952, divorced 1957), Susan Nell (married 1958, divorced 1962), and actress Margaret Leighton (married 1964 until her death in 1976).

He and Taylor, who was 20 years his junior, had two sons, Michael Howard Wilding (born 1953) and Christopher Edward Wilding (born 1955). In 1957, he had a short-lived romance with actress Marie McDonald, who was nicknamed "The Body".

In the 1960s, he was forced to cut back on his film appearances because of illness related to his lifelong epilepsy.


Wilding died in Chichester, West Sussex, as a result of head injuries suffered from a fall down a flight of stairs during an epileptic seizure. His body was cremated and the ashes were scattered.


Year Title Role Other notes
1933 Bitter Sweet Extra Uncredited
Heads We Go Minor Role Uncredited
Channel Crossing Passenger Boarding Ferry Uncredited
1935 Late Extra Newspaper Telephone Operator Uncredited
1936 When Knights Were Bold Soldier Uncredited
Wedding Group Dr. Hutherford
1939 There Ain't No Justice Len Charteris
1940 Convoy Dot
Tilly of Bloomsbury Percy Welwyn
Sailors Three Johnny Wilding
Sailors Don't Care Dick
1941 Mr. Proudfoot Shows a Light Officer
Spring Meeting Tony Fox-Collier
The Farmer's Wife Richard Coaker
Kipps Ronnie Walshingham
Cottage to Let Alan Trently
1942 Ships with Wings Lt. David Grant
The Big Blockade Captain Uncredited
In Which We Serve Flags
Secret Mission Pvt. Nobby Clark
1943 Undercover Constantine
Dear Octopus Nicholas Randolph
1944 English Without Tears Tom Gilbey
1946 Piccadilly Incident Capt. Alan Pearson
Carnival Maurice Avery
1947 The Courtneys of Curzon Street Sir Edward Courtney
An Ideal Husband Viscount Arthur Goring
1948 Spring in Park Lane Richard
1949 Maytime in Mayfair Michael Gore-Brown
Under Capricorn Hon. Charles Adare
1950 Stage Fright Det. Insp. Wilfred 'Ordinary' Smith
Into the Blue Nicholas Foster
1951 The Law and the Lady Nigel Duxbury / Lord Henry Minden aka Hoskins
The Lady with a Lamp Sidney Herbert / Lord Herbert of Lea
1952 Derby Day David Scott
Trent's Last Case Philip Trent
1953 Torch Song Tye Graham
1954 The Egyptian Akhnaton
1955 The Glass Slipper Prince Charles
The Scarlet Coat Major John Andre
1956 Zarak Major Michael Ingram
1959 Danger Within Major Charles Marquand
1960 The World of Suzie Wong Ben Marlowe
1961 The Naked Edge Morris Brooke
The Best of Enemies Burke
1962 A Girl Named Tamiko Nigel Costairs
1963 Last Seen Wearing Blue Jeans the Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1968 Code Name, Red Roses English General
The Sweet Ride Mr. Cartwright
1970 Waterloo Sir William Ponsonby
1972 Lady Caroline Lamb Lord Holland


Year Title Role Other notes
1956 Screen Director's Playhouse David Scott Episode: The Carroll Formula
1955, 1956 The 20th Century Fox Hour Robert Marryot
Captain Robert Wilton
Episode: Cavalcade
Stranger in the Night
1957 The Joseph Cotten Show Colonel Blood Episode: The Trial of Colonel Blood
1958 Climax! Lt. MacKenzie Barton Episode: The Volcano Seat (1)
Episode: The Volcano Seat (2)
Target Episode: The Clean Kill
1959 Lux Playhouse Stephen MacIllroy Episode: The Case of the Two Sisters
1958, 1959 Playhouse 90 Sir John Alexander
Chris Hughes
Episode: Verdict of Three
Episode: Dark as the Night
1962 Saints and Sinners Sir Robert Episode: A Night of Horns and Bells
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour David Saunders Episode: Last Seen Wearing Blue Jeans
Burke's Law Dr. Alex Steiner Episode: Who Killed Sweet Betsy?
1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Franz Joseph Episode: The Lethal Eagle Affair
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Major Tucker Episode: The Fatal Mistake
1968 Mannix Phillip Montford/Sir Arnold Salt Episode: A View of Nowhere
1973 Frankenstein: The True Story Sir Richard Fanshawe TV film, (final film role)

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