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Lord Bernard Miles

Lord Bernard Miles (1907-1991) was a well respected and successful British actor, writer and director.

Bernard was born in Uxbridge and attended Bishopshalt School in Hillingdon.

He entered the theatre in the 1930s and appeared in many films including World War II classics In Which We Serve and One of Our Aircraft is Missing.

Miles was, 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. He was in demand for voice-overs and was most well known for a series of comic monologues, often given in a rural dialect.

Lord Bernard Miles opened the Mermaid Theatre in London in 1959, the first new theatre opened in London since the 17th century

He 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. He died in Yorkshire in 1991.

Map showing Lord Bernard Miles' Blue Plaque location »