Date of Birth : May 23rd 1912

Goring was born in Newport, Isle of Wight, England, the son of Doctor Charles Goring and Kate Macdonald. After attending The Perse School in Cambridge, he went on to study at several European universities. He first appeared on stage in 1925, in Cambridge, and by 1927 had performed in London. His early stage career included appearances at the Old Vic, Sadler’s Wells, Stratford and several European tours. He first played the West End in a 1934 production of the Voysey Inheritance at the Shaftesbury Theatre. During the 1930s he played a variety of Shakespearean roles, including Feste in Twelfth Night (1937), Macbeth and Romeo, as well as Trip in School for Scandal. In 1929, he became a founding member of British Equity, the actor’s union, and became its president from 1963-1965, and again from 1975-1982.

During the war he joined the army, becoming supervisor of BBC radio productions broadcasting to Germany, and continued acting. He often worked under the name Charles Richardson, because of the association of his name with Hermann Göring. In 1941, he married his second wife, the actress Lucie Mannheim. She died in 1976, and the next year Goring married television producer Prudence Fitzgerald, who survived him.

His TV work included starring as Sir Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel (ITV, 1955), a series which he also co-wrote/produced; Theodore Maxtible in the Doctor Who story The Evil of the Daleks (BBC, 1967); Title role in The Expert (BBC, 1968 – 1976), George V in Edward and Mrs Simpson (Thames, 1980); and The Old Men at the Zoo (BBC, 1983).


The Red Shoes ( 1948 )

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