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Years active  1911–68
Name  Felix Aylmer
Role  Actor

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Full Name  Felix Edward Aylmer Jones
Born  21 February 1889 (1889-02-21) Corsham, Wiltshire, England
Died  September 2, 1979, Surrey, United Kingdom
Spouse  Cecily Byrne (m. 1915–1975)
Children  David Aylmer, Jennifer Aylmer
Parents  Lilian Cookworthy Jones, Thomas Edward Aylmer Jones
Movies  Hamlet, The Mummy, Quo Vadis, Knights of the Round Table, Ivanhoe
Similar People  Cyril Frankel, Paul Czinner, Anthony Asquith, Richard Thorpe, Walter Forde

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Sir Felix Edward Aylmer Jones, OBE (21 February 1889 – 2 September 1979), known as Felix Aylmer, was an English stage actor who also appeared in the cinema and on television. Aylmer made appearances in films with comedians such as Will Hay and George Formby.


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Early life

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Felix Aylmer was born in Corsham, Wiltshire, the son of Lilian (Cookworthy) and Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Edward Aylmer Jones. He was educated at King James's Grammar School, Almondbury, near Huddersfield, where he was a boarder from 1897 to 1900, Magdalen College School, and Exeter College, Oxford, where he was a member of Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS). He trained under the Victorian-era actress and director Rosina Filippi before securing his first professional engagement at the London Coliseum in 1911. He appeared in the world premiere of The Farmer's Wife by Eden Phillpotts at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1917.


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He acted with Sir Laurence Olivier in Shakespearean films, appearing as Polonius in Hamlet (1948), and often played wise old men, such as Merlin in Knights of the Round Table (1953). He played the Archbishop of Canterbury in the film adaptation of Becket (1964), with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole and gave elocution lessons to the young Audrey Hepburn.

His memorable style of delivery—dignified and learned— was frequently mimicked by comedians such as Peter Sellers and Kenneth Williams. Indeed, as dramatist and barrister John Mortimer noted, the mannerisms Aylmer brought to bear in his roles came to be imitated in the real-life performances of judges on the bench. Williams observed that an impersonation of Aylmer was a speciality of a colleague during his days with ENSA, the Armed Forces Entertainment Association, but he was certain that none of the troops knew who was being impersonated.

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Aylmer was President of Equity from 1950 to 1969. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1950 King's Birthday Honours and knighted in the 1965 Queen's Birthday Honours.

At the age of 80 Felix Aylmer played a villain in an episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) entitled "It's Supposed to be Thicker than Water". His last major screen role was as the Abbot in the sitcom Oh, Brother!, opposite Derek Nimmo (1968–70). He appeared as a doctor in an episode of the TV series Jason King called "If It's Got To Go, It's Got To Go" in 1972 at the age of 83. Aylmer died in a nursing home in Pyrford, Surrey in 1979.

Personal life

One of his younger siblings was Air Chief Marshal Sir John Whitworth-Jones.


  • Dickens Incognito (1959)
  • The Drood Case (1964)
  • References

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