John Baskcomb

Last updated 09 January 2020

John Baskcomb (1916-2000)
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John Baskcomb

Born: Monday 7th February 1916
Died: Wednesday 29th March 2000 (age: 84)


John Baskcomb was an English character actor who made numerous television and film appearances over a 35 year period.

He was the son of the founder of the Bank of England Opera and Dramatic Society and was educated at Croydon High School for Boys. He then appeared on stage in repertory theatre in Croydon and Henley and in clubs, pantomimes and concert parties.

He made appearances in numerous British television plays and series including; Doctor Who (Terror of the Autons), The Saint, Softly, Softly and Poldark and he played the role of Cardinal Wolsey in The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970). His film roles included Oliver! (uncredited), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (uncredited), Battle of Britain, Dad's Army and Omen III: The Final Conflict.