Bernard Miles

Bernard Miles

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1907-09-27
Deathday: 1991-06-14 (83 years old)

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Bernard James Miles, Baron Miles, CBE (27 September 1907–14 June 1991) was an English character actor, writer and director. He opened the Mermaid Theatre in London in 1959, the first new theatre opened in the City of London since the 17th century.


Miles was born in Uxbridge, Middlesex and attended Bishopshalt School in Hillingdon. While his parents were respectively a farm labourer and a cook, he was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford. He entered the theatre in the 1930s, soon appearing in films. Like many actors, he featured prominently in the patriotic cinema during the Second World War, including classics of the genre such as In Which We Serve and One of Our Aircraft Is Missing. He also had an uncredited role in the WWII classic The First of the Few, released in the US as Spitfire.


His typical persona as an actor was as a countryman, with a strong accent typical of the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire counties. He was also, after Robert Newton, the actor most associated with the part of Long John Silver, which he played in a British TV version of Treasure Island, and in an annual performance at the Mermaid commencing in the winter of 1961-62. Actors in the annual theatrical productions included Spike Milligan as Ben Gunn, and, in the 1968 production, Barry Humphries as Long John Silver. It was Miles who, impressed by the talent of John Antrobus originally commissioned him to write a play of some sort. This led to Antrobus collaborating with Milligan to produce a one-act play called The Bed Sitting Room, which was later adapted to a longer play, and staged by Miles at The Mermaid on 31 January 1963, with both critical and commercial success.


He had a pleasant rolling bass-baritone voice that worked well in theatre and film, as well as being much in demand for voice-overs. As a performer, he was most well known for a series of comic monologues, often given in a rural dialect. These were recorded and sold as record albums, which were quite popular. Some of his comic monologues are currently available on youtube.com.


Miles was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1953, was knighted in 1969, and was granted a life peerage as Baron Miles, of Blackfriars in the City of London in 1979. He was only the second British actor ever to be given a peerage (the first was Laurence Olivier).


Miles's written works include "The British Theatre" (1947), "God's Brainwave" (1972), and "Favorite Tales from Shakespeare" (1972). In 1981, he co-authored the book Curtain Calls with J.C. Trewin.


He died in Yorkshire.


His daughters are the actress Sally Miles and the artist Bridget Miles. His son John Miles was a Grand Prix Driver in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the Lotus team.


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Filmography

All 60

Movies 57

Self 3

TV Shows 3

Writter 3

Judge
The Lady and the Highwayman

The Lady and the Highwayman (1988)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life

James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1988)

Movie
Long John Silver
Treasure Island

Treasure Island (1982)

Movie
Dr. Thomas
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980)

Movie
Mr Rummins
Tales of the Unexpected

Tales of the Unexpected (1979)

TV Show
Writer
Lock Up Your Daughters

Lock Up Your Daughters (1969)

Movie
Reg
Run Wild, Run Free

Run Wild, Run Free (1969)

Movie
Lem Putt
The Specialist

The Specialist (1966)

Movie
Simpson
Heavens Above!

Heavens Above! (1963)

Movie
Self - Narrator
Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth (1961)

Movie
Ted Harris
Sapphire

Sapphire (1959)

Movie
Jonathan
Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb (1958)

Movie
Joseph
Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights (1958)

Movie
Master Executioner
Saint Joan

Saint Joan (1957)

Movie
Old Tom
The Smallest Show on Earth

The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)

Movie
Mr. Jerome
Fortune Is a Woman

Fortune Is a Woman (1957)

Movie
Hassu the one-eyed
Zarak

Zarak (1956)

Movie
Tiddy Doll the Gang Leader
Tiger in the Smoke

Tiger in the Smoke (1956)

Movie
The Manxman
Moby Dick

Moby Dick (1956)

Movie
10
Edward Drayton
The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Movie
4
Nathaniel Titlark

Nathaniel Titlark (1956)

TV Show
Joe Brooks
Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go (1953)

Movie
Cousin Alfred
The Magic Box

The Magic Box (1952)

Movie
6
Treasure Island

Treasure Island (1951)

TV Show
Self - Commentator
Henry Moore

Henry Moore (1951)

Movie
Stevens
Chance of a Lifetime

Chance of a Lifetime (1950)

Movie
Mr. Read - Jack's Father
The Guinea Pig

The Guinea Pig (1948)

Movie
Tom Hannaway
Fame Is the Spur

Fame Is the Spur (1947)

Movie
Newman Noggs
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947)

Movie
Joe Gargery
Great Expectations

Great Expectations (1946)

Movie
5.67
Zachary Trewhella
Carnival

Carnival (1946)

Movie
Col. Barton-Barrington
Tawny Pipit

Tawny Pipit (1944)

Movie
British Soldier
Tunisian Victory

Tunisian Victory (1944)

Movie
Englishman
Two Fathers

Two Fathers (1944)

Movie
Ted Loman
The New Lot

The New Lot (1943)

Movie
Writer
Thunder Rock

Thunder Rock (1942)

Movie
Chief Petty Officer Walter Hardy
In Which We Serve

In Which We Serve (1942)

Movie
Writer
The Goose Steps Out

The Goose Steps Out (1942)

Movie
6
McAllister (Irish Soldier)
The Day Will Dawn

The Day Will Dawn (1942)

Movie
Sgt Geoff Hickman - Front Gunner in B for Bertie
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

Movie
Royal Navy: Mate
The Big Blockade

The Big Blockade (1942)

Movie
Cricket Steward
The Common Touch

The Common Touch (1941)

Movie
PC
Quiet Wedding

Quiet Wedding (1941)

Movie
Capt. Muller
Freedom Radio

Freedom Radio (1941)

Movie
Farmer
The Dawn Guard

The Dawn Guard (1941)

Movie
Heinrich Degan
Pastor Hall

Pastor Hall (1940)

Movie
Man Lighting Pipe
Contraband

Contraband (1940)

Movie
Saboteur (uncredited)
Band Waggon

Band Waggon (1940)

Movie
Civilian Observer Controller
The Lion Has Wings

The Lion Has Wings (1939)

Movie
Hans - Hotel Receptionist
The Spy in Black

The Spy in Black (1939)

Movie
Detective at Billiard Halls (Uncredited)
They Drive by Night

They Drive by Night (1938)

Movie
Medical Aid Society Committee Member (uncredited)
The Citadel

The Citadel (1938)

Movie
Villager
The Challenge

The Challenge (1938)

Movie
Chemist (uncredited)
Strange Boarders

Strange Boarders (1938)

Movie
Polish Prisoner
The Rebel Son

The Rebel Son (1938)

Movie
Detective Wells
Crown v. Stevens

Crown v. Stevens (1936)

Movie
Inspector Pine
Twelve Good Men

Twelve Good Men (1936)

Movie
Charlie (uncredited)
Late Extra

Late Extra (1935)

Movie
Man at Meeting
The Guv'nor

The Guv'nor (1935)

Movie
Allan
The Love Test

The Love Test (1935)

Movie

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Bernard MilesBernard Miles

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1907-09-27

Deathday
1991-06-14 (83 years old)

Place of birth
Middlesex, United Kingdom

Children
John Miles

Citizenships
United Kingdom

Awards
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Knight Bachelor


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