Gerald Sim
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Gerald Grant Sim

(1925-06-04)4 June 1925
Liverpool, England
Died11 December 2014(2014-12-11) (aged 89)
Northwood, Hillingdon, London, England
Years active1947–1993, 2007
Deidre Benner
(m. 1967; died 1999)
RelativesSheila Sim (sister)
Michael Attenborough (nephew)
Jane Attenborough (niece)
Charlotte Attenborough (niece)
Tom Attenborough (great nephew)
Will Attenborough (great nephew)

Gerald Grant Sim (4 June 1925 – 11 December 2014) was an English television and film actor who is perhaps best known for having played the Rector in To the Manor Born.[1]


Sim was born in Liverpool, Lancashire and made over a hundred film and television appearances, beginning with an uncredited role in the film Fame Is the Spur (1947).[2] Film and TV roles include The L-Shaped Room (1962), Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), King Rat (1965), The Avengers (1966), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Ryan's Daughter (1970), Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), Frenzy (1972), Young Winston (1972), The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (episode 7, as the Vicar - 1976), A Bridge Too Far (1977), The New Avengers (1977), Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978), Gandhi (1982), as Dr George Bagster Phillips in Jack the Ripper (1988), Chaplin (1992) and Patriot Games (1992).[3]

Coincidentally playing a vicar, he appeared in one episode of Keeping Up Appearances before Jeremy Gittins took on the role of the vicar on a more permanent basis.[1] By then retired, he appeared in the 2007 25th Anniversary special episode of To the Manor Born.[4]

Personal life

Sim was the younger brother of the actress Sheila Sim and brother-in-law of the actor/director Richard Attenborough.[5] He was married to the British actress Deidre Benner, from 1967 until her death in 1999. In his later years, Sim lived in Denville Hall, the same north London care home for entertainers as his sister and brother-in-law, who occupied the rooms on either side of him.[6][7] Sim died on 11 December 2014.[6]



  1. ^ a b "Gerald Sim, actor – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Fame Is the Spur (1947)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Gerald Sim".
  4. ^ "To the Manor Born[25/12/2007] (2007)".
  5. ^ "Obituary: Gerald Sim – Obituaries – The Stage". 11 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b Coveney, Michael (5 March 2015). "Gerald Sim obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  7. ^ Gallagher, Paul (6 November 2014). "Residents at Richard Attenborough's care home 'given wrong drug doses'". The Independent. Retrieved 26 January 2018.