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Basil Dignam
Basil Martin Dignam[1]

(1905-10-24)24 October 1905
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died31 January 1979(1979-01-31) (aged 73)
Westminster, London, England
Years active1938-1978
Spouse(s)Mona Washbourne (1940-1979) (his death)

Basil Dignam (24 October 1905 – 31 January 1979) was an English character actor.[2]

Basil Dignam was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire. Before the acting, he tried many jobs, from a company clerk to a journalist. He acted on film and television between 1948 and 1978.[2] He often appeared as an authority figure, such as Mr Justice Poynter in Crown Court, as a police officer, army general or peer.[3] Television appearances include The Prisoner: Checkmate (1967) and The Champions (1968), as Sir Frederick in episode 2 "The Invisible Man".

Personal life

He was married to actress Mona Washbourne from 1940 until his death in 1979.[4] His brother Mark Dignam was also a professional actor.[4] Basil Dignam died, aged 73, in Westminster, London.

Selected filmography


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  4. ^ a b Hal Erickson. "Basil Dignam – Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos – AllMovie". AllMovie.