Thorley Walters



Place of birth:

Teigngrace, Devon, England, United Kingdom:


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thorley Walters (born 12 May 1913, Teigngrace, Devon – 6 July 1991, London) was an English character actor. He is probably best remembered for his comedy film roles such as in Two-Way Stretch and Carlton-Browne of the FO. He also appeared in the acclaimed TV drama Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Walters played Sherlock Holmes sidekick Doctor Watson in four unrelated films: Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Best House in London (1969), The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), and Silver Blaze (1977). He featured in three of the St Trinian's movies, starting as an army major in Blue Murder at St Trinian's. He later appeared as Butters, assistant to Education Ministry senior civil servant Culpepper-Brown (Eric Barker) in The Pure Hell of St Trinian's and played the part of Culpepper-Brown in The Wildcats of St Trinian's. In the 1960s he also appeared in several Hammer horror films, including The Phantom of the Opera (1962), Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969). In the DVD commentary to The Man Who Haunted Himself, Roger Moore mentioned that co-star Walters lived in Dolphin Square, the prestigious apartment block in Pimlico, London in which some scenes of the film were shot. Thorley and Richard Hope-Hawkins visited the ailing Terry-Thomas in Barnes, London in 1989. Walters had starred with Terry in the Boulting Brother's film Carlton-Browne of the F.O., and was shocked at his appearance (he was ill with Parkinson's Disease). That visit resulted in the "Terry-Thomas Gala" held in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in the same year which raised funds to help Terry live the rest of his life in comfort. Hope-Hawkins was with Walters and actress Siobhan Redmond, when he died in a London nursing home. Actor Ian Bannen gave the main address at his funeral held at Golders Green. Description above from the Wikipedia article Thorley Walters, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Film Credits

He's Asking For Me (1990)
The Sign of Four (1983)
as Major John Sholto
Spider's Web (1982)
as Hugo Birch
Soft Targets (1982)
as Old Wedding Guest
The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980)
as Hugo Culpepper Brown
Henry V (1979)
as Charles the Sixth, King of France
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
as Norfolk
Soft Beds, Hard Battles (1974)
as General Erhardt
Vampire Circus (1972)
as Burgermeister
Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971)
as Mr. Forbush Sr.
There's a Girl in My Soup (1970)
as Manager of Carlton Hotel
Bartleby (1970)
as The Colleague
Trog (1970)
as Magistrate
The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)
as Frank Bellamy
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
as Insp. Fritsch
The Last Shot You Hear (1969)
as Gen. Jowett
Crooks and Coronets (1969)
as Hubbard
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
as Staff Officer
The Best House in London (1969)
as Doctor Watson
Twisted Nerve (1968)
as Sir John Forrester
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
as Dr. Hertz
The Family Way (1966)
as Vicar
The Wrong Box (1966)
as Lawyer
The Psychopath (1966)
as Martin Roth
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
as Ludwig
Rotten to the Core (1965)
as Chief Constable Preston
The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)
as Edgar Otis
Ring of Spies (1964)
as Cmdr. Winters
Heavens Above! (1963)
as Tranquilax Executive
The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
as Lattimer
Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes (1962)
as Dr. Watson
Petticoat Pirates (1961)
as Captain Jerome Robertson
Invasion Quartet (1961)
Murder She Said (1961)
as Cedric Ackenthorpe
The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960)
as Butters
Suspect (1960)
as Special Agent Prince
Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959)
as Colonel Bellingham
Don't Panic Chaps! (1959)
Happy Is the Bride (1958)
as Jim
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957)
as Major
The Birthday Present (1957)
as Photographer
Second Fiddle (1957)
as Charles
The Passionate Stranger (1957)
as Jimmy
The Truth About Women (1957)
as Trevor Eaton
You Can't Escape (1956)
as Chadwick
Waltz Time (1945)
as Stefan Ravenne
Medal for the General (1944)
as Andrew
It Happened to One Man (1940)
as Ronnie
Trunk Crime (1939)
as Huey Frazer
Life of St. Paul (1938)
The Love Test (1935)
as Chemist