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Michael Scudamore Redgrave, British actor. Decorated Commander Order British Empire, 1952; Commander Dannebrog (Denmark), 1955; recipient Elsinore Hamlet medal, 1950. Created Knight, 1959. member National Theatre Company, 1963-1964.


Redgrave, Michael Scudamore was born on March 20, 1908 in Bristol, England. Son of Roy and Margaret (Scudamore) Redgrave.


Student Clifton College, 1922-1926. Bachelor of Arts, Magdalene College, Cambridge U., 1927, Master of Arts, 1950. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Bristol University, 1966.


Actor Liverpool Repertory, 1934-1936, Old Vic, 1936-1937, John Gielgud’s Company, 1937-1938, Michel St. Denis Company, 1938-1939. Played roles in Beggar’s Opera, Thunder Rock, A Month in the Country (director New York City 1956), Uncle Harry, Jacobowsky and the Colonel, Macbeth (New York City, London), Hamlet (Old Vic), 1950, Country Girl, 1952, as Richard II, Hotspur, Prospero, Shylock, King Lear and Antony at Stratford-on-Avon, 1951-1953, Tiger at the Gates (London, New York City), 1955-1956. Sleeping Prince (New York City), 1956, Hamlet, Benedict (Stratford-on-Avon, Leningrad, Moscow), 1958.

Actor The Tiger and the Horse, 1960, The Complaisant Lover, 1961, Out of Bounds, 1962. Toured in Holland, Belgium, Paris, 1954. Appeared Chichester Festival, 1962-1963.

Member National Theatre Company, 1963-1964. Films include: Lady Vanishes, Thunder Rock, Dead of Night, Importance of Being Earnest (England), Mourning Becomes Electra (Hollywood), The Dam Busters, The Happy Road, 1956, The Quiet American, Law and Disorder, 1957, Mr. Dickens of London, 1967, David Copperfield, 1968, Oh What A Lovely War, 1969, Battle of Britain, 1969, Connecting Rooms, 1969, Goodbye Mr.

Chips, 1969, others; Rockefeller lecturer Bristol U., 1952-1953. Theodore Spencer lecturer Harvard, 1956.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Actor’s Ways and Means, 1953. Mask or Face, 1958

    • The Mountebank’s Tale (novel), 1959. The Aspern Papers (play), 1959.


Member National Theatre Company, 1963-1964.


Married Rachel Kempson, July 18, 1935. Children: Vanessa, Corin William, Lynn Rachel.

Roy Redgrave

Margaret (Scudamore) Redgrave

Rachel Kempson

Vanessa Redgrave

Corin William Redgrave

Lynn Rachel Redgrave