John Gielgud

A celebrated scion of Hollywood's ruling class.

John Gielgud
Full NameArthur John Gielgud

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Yes! John Gielgud comes from the illustrious Gielgud-Craig-Terry family. They have eight celebrities in their family. With eighty-six credited apperances in TV, film, and video.

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  • Oscar1982
    ArthurBest Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Primetime Emmy1991
    Summer's LeaseOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
  • Golden Globe1989
    War and RemembranceBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television


  • No Man's Land
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Shades of Greene
  • SCTV
  • War and Remembrance
  • Edward the King
  • Stick with Me, Kid
  • The Elephant Man
  • The Lion of the Desert
  • Gandhi
  • Becket
  • Hamlet
  • Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter
  • QB VII
  • Hamlet
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • The Best of Friends
  • Marco Polo
  • Shine
  • Under the Hammer
  • Wagner
  • Providence
  • ABC Stage 67
  • The Scarlet and the Black
  • Summer's Lease
  • ITV Play of the Week
  • A Dance to the Music of Time
  • Elizabeth
  • Richard III
  • The Theban Plays by Sophocles
  • Inside the Third Reich
  • Looking for Richard
  • Les Miserables
  • Frankenstein: The True Story
  • BBC Play of the Month
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • The Power of One
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Merlin
  • The Far Pavilions
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman
  • Oh! What a Lovely War
  • Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
  • The Loved One
  • David
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • Arthur
  • The Master of Ballantrae
  • A Man for All Seasons

Family Tree

The illustrious Gielgud family has a long and distinguished history in the British theatre, with several members having made incredible contributions to the industry. John Gielgud was born in London and trained at the prestigious Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. He achieved early success, playing Hamlet at just 26, and went on to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, in 1981, for Arthur (1981). He was a contemporary of Laurence Olivier and other National Theatre stars at the Old Vic. Edith Craig, daughter of Ellen Terry and Edward William Godwin, was a renowned stage director, producer, costume designer and actress, making her debut at the Royal Court Theatre in 1878. Her son, Edward Gordon Craig, became a well-known designer, though not an actor. Val Gielgud, born in 1900, was a gifted writer, producer, and actor, appearing in Danger in Paris (1937) and BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950). His sister, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, was a celebrated actress, most notably in Boadicea (1927), Tense Moments with Great Authors (1922) and Trilby (1922). Together they have left a lasting legacy in the British theatre, and a proud family name that will live on through the ages.

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