Esmond Knight

Esmond Knight

Highest Rated: 100% Henry V (1945)

Lowest Rated: 38% Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

Birthday: May 4, 1906

Birthplace: East Sheen, Surry, England, UK

English actor Esmond Knight recovered from a devastating war wound to sustain a career spanning over 50 years in film, television, and stage productions. Starting before the age of 20, he performed on the London stage, moving into feature films a few years later. After playing numerous roles through the '30s, he fought in the Royal Navy in World War II and suffered a blinding injury in battle, resulting in having one eye removed and prompting him to dictate his autobiography, "Seeking the Bubble." Renowned director Michael Powell coaxed the blind actor back to work for the film "The Silver Fleet." Shortly thereafter, an operation partially restored sight in his remaining eye, bringing greater opportunities, including the Powell-Pressburger landmark films, "Black Narcissus" and "The Red Shoes." He played a castle guard in Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" and stepped up to a leading role in Jean Renoir's "The River." Beginning in the late '50s, Knight was frequently cast in British TV series, though he continued to act for films, including a part as the captain of the Prince of Wales, the same ship on which he was blinded, in "Sink the Bismarck!" He worked prodigiously into the '80s, with a late-career role in Lars von Trier's early feature "The Element of Crime." Knight died in 1987 while filming "The Balkan Trilogy" in Cairo, leaving behind actress Nora Swinburne, his wife of over 40 years.

Highest rated movies

Black Narcissus
Henry V
The Red Shoes
Peeping Tom
A Canterbury Tale
The River
Sink the Bismarck!




77% 73% The Element of Crime Osborne (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 65% The Man in the Iron Mask Armand (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 12% The Boy Who Turned Yellow Doctor Ward (Character) - 1972
38% 83% Anne of the Thousand Days Kingston (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Winter's Tale Camillo (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missile From Hell Stricker (Character) - 1960
86% 77% Sink the Bismarck! Captain - 'Prince of Wales' (Character) - 1960
96% 85% Peeping Tom Arthur Baden (Character) $84.0K 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missiles From Hell Stricker (Character) - 1958
63% 55% The Prince and the Showgirl Hoffman (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 59% Helen of Troy High Priest (Character) - 1955
84% 79% Richard III Ratcliffe (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Steel Key Professor Newman (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girdle of Gold William "Evans the Milk" Evans (Character) - 1952
92% 79% The River The Father (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 80% Gone to Earth Abel Woodus (Character) - 1950
97% 92% The Red Shoes Livingstone 'Livy' Montagne (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Inheritance Dr. Bryerly (Character) - 1948
100% 88% Black Narcissus The Old General (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The End of the River Dantos (Character) - 1947
100% 75% Henry V Fluellen (Character) - 1945
93% 79% A Canterbury Tale Narrator/Seven-Sisters Soldier/Village Idiot (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Halfway House David Davies (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 43% The Silver Fleet Von Schiffer (Character) - 1943
100% 67% Contraband Mr.Pidgeon (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 54% The Arsenal Stadium Mystery Raille (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Weddings Are Wonderful Guy Rogers (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Clown Must Laugh Cadet Silvio (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandy Dick Tony Mardon (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Some Day Curley Blake (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime Unlimited Pete Borden (Character) - 1935
50% 6% Waltzes From Vienna Johann Strauss the Younger (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls Will Be Boys Geoffrey Dawson (Character) - 1934


No Score Yet No Score Yet BBC Television Shakespeare Lepidus (Character) 1981
No Score Yet 100% Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gideon C.I.D. Robson (Character) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saint Antoine Louvois (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet H.G. Wells' Invisible Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1959