British Character Actors No.11: Lionel Jeffries

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It seemed as if he was in every postwar British film (and probably was), often playing an exasperated prison warden, ship’s captain or other authority figure, but he’s fondly remembered for his role in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, and for turning director and making ‘The Railway Children’ (a film which, for British kids, had the same nostalgia factor as It’s A Wonderful Life has for Americans) and the marvellous Victorian ghost story ‘The Amazing Mr Blunden’. ‘The Railway Children’ is now a musical, playing at Waterloo Station with a real train, and the film has just been re-released.

2 comments on “British Character Actors No.11: Lionel Jeffries”

  1. Mary says:

    He certainly had a magic touch when it came to The Railway Children. There seems to be a shortage of these wonderful character actors today.

  2. Alan Morgan says:

    It was the facial hair. You can rely on a man with a decent pair of beauties that at need whilst marooned in the unexplored back of beyond can be rendered down for stock.

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