The quintessential English gentleman, actor Michael Denison brought elegance and charm to his numerous performances in theater, film and television. He had a long and successful career, appearing in s...
The star, most famous for her role in U.K. TV series Howards' Way, died at actors' residential home Denville Hall in London on Tuesday (15Nov11) after a battle with bronchial pneumonia.
Gray started her career in 1940s melodramas for Britain's Gainsborough Pictures studio and often appeared alongside her husband, Michael Denison, on TV and in theatre productions.
The couple even made their Broadway debut together playing Lady Markby and the Earl of Caversham in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband in 1996.
However, Gray will be best remembered in Britain for her turn as Kate Harvey in BBC series Howards' Way between 1985 and 1990.
She returned to the stage after her husband's death in 1998 to appear in adaptations of The Ladykillers and The Lady Vanishes.
Her last TV appearance was in 2000 on British soap opera Doctors.
Gray also had a second career as an author, writing 24 books.
First TV appearance in a BBC telecast of "Marco Millions" from the Westminster Theatre
Was director of The New Shakespeare Company
Played Algernon Moncrieff opposite Michael Redgrave's Jack Worthing in a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comedy of manners "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Starred with Dulcie Gray in the London stage production "Curtain Up"
Appeared in the film comedy "The Truth About Women"
Film debut in the British production "Tilly of Bloomsbury"
Made Broadway debut alongside wife in Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband", staged by Sir Peter Hall
Acted in the adventure drama "Dark River", a story of British expatriates living on the banks of an African river
Appeared in "The Magic Box", a star studded biography of William Freise-Greene, the inventor of movies
Stage acting debut in "Charley's Aunt"
Acted in "Hungry Hill", a film adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier book about a 19th century Irish family
Starred in the popular ITV legal drama "Boyd, QC"
Starred in the British war film "Angels One Five" with wife Dulcie Gray
Appeared in the C.S. Lewis biopic "Shadowlands"
Served in the British Royal Signals and Intelligence Corps
The quintessential English gentleman, actor Michael Denison brought elegance and charm to his numerous performances in theater, film and television. He had a long and successful career, appearing in stage and screen productions regularly until his death in 1998. Denison made his stage debut in 1938 as Lord Fancourt Babberly in a Frinton-on-Sea production of "Charley's Aunt". That same year, he made his West End debut at the Westminster Theatre, playing Paris in "Troilus and Cressida". The next year he made his first appearance in the medium that years later would make him a household name in his native Britain when the BBC televised a performance of "Marco Millions" from the Westminster Theatre. Also in 1939, Denison married fellow actor Dulcie Gray whom he met when they were both students at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
died when he was three weeks old
married on April 29, 1939; acted together on several occasions; survived him
Magdalen College, Oxford University
Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
He and his wife were appointed Commanders of the British Empire in 1983.