Bernard Miles

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Prolific actor of the London stage who entered film in 1933 in small supporting roles. Specializing in portraying country rustics, Miles appeared in Michael Powell's "The Love Test" (1935) and "One of Our Aircraft Is ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1907 in Uxbridge, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (18)

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Philip 1968 (Movie)

Reg (Actor)

Heavens Above! 1962 (Movie)

Simpson (Actor)

Sapphire 1959 (Movie)

Mr Harris (Actor)

Tom Thumb 1958 (Movie)

Jonathan (Actor)

Saint Joan 1957 (Movie)

Master Executioner (Actor)

Moby Dick 1956 (Movie)

Manxman (Actor)

Smallest Show on Earth 1956 (Movie)

Old Tom (Actor)

The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 (Movie)

Mr Drayton (Actor)

The Magic Box 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Guinea Pig 1947 (Movie)

Mr Read (Actor)

Fame Is the Spur 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Contraband 1940 (Movie)

Smoker (Actor)

Carnival (Movie)

Trewhella (Actor)

In Which We Serve (Movie)

Chief Petty Officer Walter Hardy (Actor)

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (Movie)

Geoff Hickman (Actor)

The First of the Few (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Lock Up Your Daughters! 1969 (Movie)

from musical play (Music)
Writer (1)

The Guinea Pig 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Prolific actor of the London stage who entered film in 1933 in small supporting roles. Specializing in portraying country rustics, Miles appeared in Michael Powell's "The Love Test" (1935) and "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing" (1942), Anthony Asquith's "Quiet Wedding" (1940) and the Boulting Brothers' "Pastor Hall" (1940) before his first starring role opposite Noel Coward in the Noel Coward-David Lean directed "In Which We Serve" (1942). He contributed to the script of Will Hay's wartime comedy hit "The Goose Steps Out" (1942) and made his directorial debut with "Tawny Pipit" (1944), a comedy about rare birds that he co-wrote, produced and co-directed.

Relationships

Bridget Miles

Daughter

John Miles

Son

Josephine Wilson

Wife
died in November 1990

Josephine Wilson Actor

Husband

EDUCATION

Pembroke College, Oxford University

graduated

Milestones

1991

Friends in show business staged a benefit for Miles after learning he was nearly blind, confined to a wheelchair and living on a state pension (date approximate)

1982

Co-wrote a TV adaptation of his famed annual Christmas Mermaid stage production of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island"; played Long John Silver

1968

His stage musical, "Lock Up Your Daughters", adapted from an 18th-century play by Henry Fielding, was subsequently made into a film by Columbia Pictures

1943

Co-wroted, produced and co-directed (with Charles Saunders) first feature film, "Tawny Pipit"

1941

Appeared in first starring role, opposite Noel Coward in "In Which We Serve"

1941

Contributed to the script of Will Hay's wartime comedy, "The Goose Steps Out"

1937

Joined Herbert Farjeon's revue company

1933

Film acting debut, "Channel Crossing"

1930

Professional stage debut as 2nd messenger in "Richard III"

Worked as a teacher

Joined the New Theatre in London

Bonus Trivia

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Miles was the only British actor, apart from Laurence Olivier, to be honored with a life peerage.

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He formed the Mermaid Theatre Trust to build the first playhouse for 300 years in London's financial district; theater opened in May 1959

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He was knighted in 1969.

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He made life peer by British government in 1979.

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