Burnaby circa 1924
Burnaby circa 1924

George Davy Burnaby (7 April 1881 – 18 April 1949) was a British actor who appeared in more than thirty films between 1929 and 1948. He was born in Buckland, Hertfordshire and made his screen debut in the 1929 film The Devil's Maze. He died on 18 April 1949, age 68, the same date as comedian Will Hay with whom he had previously acted.[1][2]


Burnaby attended Haileybury College before reading law at Cambridge University but failed his first exam - so he turned to the Stage. He made his professional debut at a command performance for King Edward VII. He formed The Co-Optimists a London concert party which was very successful. Burnaby was renowned on the London Stage and on wireless. His films include Calling All Stars, Song of the Forge, Talking Feet and Leave It to Me.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ "Death of Davy Burnaby", Cheltenham Chronicle, 23 April 1949, p. 4
  2. ^ "Davy Burnaby". BFI. Archived from the original on 2009-01-14.