January 2, 2017


Michael Denison (1915-1998) b. Doncaster, Yorkshire, England.

Michael Denison

Denison was raised by his aunt and uncle from an early age following the tragic death of his mother, and an estranged relationship with his father. He attended Harrow and picked up the acting bug whilst attending Oxford University. He graduated to the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and there met his future wife and fellow actor, Dulcie Gray; the two were married in 1939. Denison made his screen debut that same year with an uncredited role in Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939).

After serving with British Intelligence during World War II, Denison began appearing in sporadic Rank films, including Hungry Hill (1947) and The Blind Goddess (1948). His most famed role came as that of Algernon Moncrief in Anthony Asquith’s comedy of manners The Importance of Being Earnest (1951). One of his final screen performances was in Richard Attenborough’s acclaimed C.S. Lewis biopic Shadowlands (1993) starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.

blog comments powered by Disqus