Val Gielgud

Val Gielgud

Born Apr 28, 1900

Val Henry Gielgud was an English actor, writer, director and broadcaster. He was a pioneer of radio drama for the BBC, and also directed the first ever drama to be produced in the newer medium of television. Val Gielgud was born in London, into a theatrical family, being the brother of Sir John Gielgud (who appeared in several of his productions) and a great-nephew of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry.… Read More

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1900 Birth Born in 1900.


1921 21 Years Old Gielgud was married five times, the first in 1921 while he was still an undergraduate at Oxford, where he married an eighteen year-old schoolgirl, whose name is recorded only as 'Tata', who was a student at Cheltenham Ladies College. In fact, Tata was Nathalie Mamontov (1903–1969), daughter of musician Sergei Mamontov (1877—1938) and Nathalie Sheremetievskya; her mother's third husband was Grand Duke Michael, brother of Tsar Nicholas II. This lasted for only two years, however, and they divorced in 1926. … Read More
1929 29 Years Old In January 1929, Gielgud was appointed Head of Productions at the BBC, responsible for all radio drama, when he had never previously directed a single radio play. … Read More


1930 30 Years Old In July 1930, Gielgud was invited in his position as the senior drama producer at BBC radio to oversee the experimental transmission of a short play on the new medium of television. … Read More
1939 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Gielgud remained in radio for the rest of the decade, also working occasionally in film, adapting his thriller Death at Broadcasting House, in which he also appeared in a small acting role. In 1939 he returned to television for a time on a secondment to the BBC Television Service at Alexandra Palace, which was now a full-fledged, high-definition television network broadcasting to the London area.


1946 46 Years Old Gielgud returned to radio for the duration of the Second World War, but shortly after the return of the television service in 1946, he moved across on a more permanent basis to become the Head of BBC television drama. … Read More


1952 52 Years Old In 1952, he left the television service, being replaced by the experienced producer Michael Barry. … Read More
1957 57 Years Old He published his autobiography in 1957, and died in London in 1981 at the age of eighty-one.


1981 81 Years Old Died in 1981.
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