Felix Aylmer (Felix Aylmer)

Felix Aylmer

Actor. English stage actor who also appeared in the cinema and on television. Born in Corsham, Wiltshire, He was educated at King James’s Grammar School, Almondbury near Huddersfield, where he was a boarder from 1897 to 1900, Magdalen College School, and Exeter College, Oxford, where he was a member of Oxford University Dramatic Society. He trained under the Victorian-era actress and director Rosina Filippi before securing his first professional engagement at the London Coliseum in 1911. He acted with Sir Laurence Olivier in Shakespearean films, appearing as Polonius in Hamlet (1948), and often played wise old men, such as Merlin in Knights of the Round Table (1953). He played the Archbishop of Canterbury in the film adaptation of Becket (1964), with Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole and gave elocution lessons to the young Audrey Hepburn. His memorable style of delivery, dignified and learned, was frequently mimicked by comedians such as Peter Sellers and Kenneth Williams. Indeed, as dramatist and barrister John Mortimer noted, the mannerisms Aylmer brought to bear in his roles came to be imitated in the real-life performances of judges on the bench. Williams observed that an impersonation of Aylmer was a speciality of a colleague during his days with ENSA, the Armed Forces Entertainment Association, but he was certain that none of the troops knew who was being impersonated. Aylmer was President of Equity from 1950 to 1969. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1950 King’s Birthday Honours and knighted in the 1965 Queen’s Birthday Honours. At the age of 80 Felix Aylmer played a villain in an episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) entitled “It’s Supposed to be Thicker than Water”. His last major screen role was as the Abbot in the 1960s sitcom Oh, Brother!, opposite Derek Nimmo. He died in a nursing home in Pyrford, Surrey in 1979. (bio courtesy of: Wikipedia)  Family links:  Spouse:  Cecily Byrne (1889 – 1975)*  Children:  David Aylmer (1929 – 1964)* *Calculated relationship


  • February, 21, 1889


  • August, 08, 1979


  • Woking Crematorium
  • Surrey
  • England

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