Nigel Hector Munro Stock (1919 - 1986)

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About Nigel Hector Munro Stock

<The Times, June 24, 1986>

<NIGEL STOCK>

Nigel Stock, a character actor familiar for many roles in the theatre and cinema, and on television, has died at the age of 66.

A thoroughly reliable player who lent distinction to every aspect of the theatrical repertoire, from Shakespeare through Chekhov to modern farce, he will probably be best remembered for his television portrayal of Dr Watson in the Sherlock Holmes stories.

He was born in Malta, on September 21, 1919, the son of an army captain, educated at St Pauls School, and studied for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he gained the principal's medal.

He started his stage career as a boy actor at the age of 12 and played several juvenile parts in the West End and the Old Vic. His first professional appearance was in 'Tobacco Road' in 1937.

During the Second World War he fought with the Indian Army in Burma and China, was twice mentioned in despatches, and ended the war with the rank of major.

His post-war theatre work included parts in the school farce, 'The Happiest Days of Your Life', and as a member of the Old Vic company in 1949 he showed his versatility by alternating roles in Shakespeare, Goldsmith and Turgenev.

During the previous season he had made his first appearance in New York in the Shaw play, 'You Never Can Tell.'

From this it was an abrupt transition - but one he took in his stride - to the services farce, 'Seagulls Over Sorrento', which opened at the Apollo Theatre in 1950 and ran for three and a half years.

In the following decade her appeared in Strindberg and Sartre and played four characters in a group of playlets under the title, 'We Who Are About To...' which started at the Hampstead Theatre Club and transferred to the West End.

In 1974 he played Sir Winston Churchill in a touring production of 'A Man and His Wife'.

Apart from Dr Watson his best-known television part was another doctor in 'Owen MD', a series from the early 1970s which was set in the Cotswolds.

Among his many other television credits were 'Fall of Eagles', 'Churchill's People' and the John Le Carre story, 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.'

Starting in 1938, he appeared in more than 40 films, including 'The Lady with the Lamp', 'The Dam Busters', 'The Battle of the River Plate', 'The Lion in Winter', and 'Cromwell.'

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Nigel Stock's Timeline

1919
September 21, 1919
1986
June 23, 1986
Age 66