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He made his stage debut at the Theatre Royal, Bognor in September 1927, as Peveril Leyburn in "The Constant Nymph", in January 1928 toured as Lewis Dodd in the same play
From September 1928 to July 1930 he was engaged at the Hull Repertory Theatre, under the direction of A. R. Whatmore, playing a round of leading juvenile parts
At the Arts Theatre in July 1930 he played Vitek in "The Macropulos Secret"
He joined the repertory company at the Embassy Theatre, and remained there from September 1930 until October 1934
He continued to take parts in plays, such as Florindo in "The Liar" and Master Klaus in "The Witch", but began his long career as director, starting with the Agatha Christie play "Black Coffee" in December 1930
Between 1933 and 1935 he made several trips to the Soviet Union, including a year's work at Nikolay Okhlopkov's "Realistic Theatre" in Moscow
In 1939 he appeared as himself in a television play "Rehearsal for a Drama"
In 1943 played Cecil Tempest in the film "Candles at Nine", and in 1949 Oblensky in "Warning to Wantons"
Between 1951 and his death in 1979 he appeared in over 50 British television dramas
In 1953 he played himself again in "The Limping Man"
He was one of several Number Twos in the 1960s cult classic television series "The Prisoner"