Leonard Maguire

Last updated 09 January 2020

Leonard Maguire

Born: Monday 26th May 1924
Died: Friday 12th September 1997 (age: 73)


Leonard Maguire was a Scottish actor. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Maguire had a long career, beginning in the 1940s. He died in 1997, aged 73, after a lengthy illness

Maguire was one of the founding members of the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in 1943. He appeared on stage in numerous plays, including world premieres from Samuel Beckett and Dylan Thomas at the Edinburgh Festival. Maguire won the sought-after Fringe First award three years in a row for solo shows (1976, 1977, 1978); he was the only performer to accomplish this.

Maguire appeared in numerous television shows during his career. He achieved a big TV audience in the Sixties and Seventies as presenter of arts programmes Perspective and Tempo and as the headmaster in school drama serial This Man Craig. Other television credits include: Dixon of Dock Green (1962); Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1963–1970); Z-Cars (1967); The Troubleshooters (1967); The Borderers (1969); Emmerdale Farm (1973); Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1974); The Pallisers (1974); Doctor Who (1980); Rockliffe's Babies (1987); a recurring character in EastEnders as Lou Beale's friend "Uncle" (1986–1988); Rab C. Nesbitt (1990); Bergerac (1991), and Poirot (1993), among many others.

Film credits included The Awakening (1980); The Honorary ConsulA Dry White Season, and Prospero's Books.

Maguire married radio producer Frances Campbell (1917–2008) in the 1960s.After his retirement, Maguire moved to France, where he died in 1997 from a lengthy illness.