Italian on his mother’s side, Welsh on his father’s, Glyn Jones was born in Durban in 1931 and grew up in apartheid South Africa. He hitch-hiked, stopping for a while to work on a farm in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising, and worked the rest of his way to London as a lowly bathroom steward on the Union Castle ship, The Braemar.

Unable at first to get work as an actor: no money, no wardrobe, no photographs, no contacts, he took a job with the Sunday Times, joined an amateur company playing in pubs and started to write plays in his spare time. He has since seen twelve of them in production, the last one in England being The 88 at the Old Vic in 1989, and two plays, Generations and Red In The Morning premiered in the United States, Generations being selected by Carnegie Mellon University as one of four in a season of new plays, and Red In The Morning being published by Samuel French (NY).

Two other plays, both with all women casts, have been published by French’s in London. He wrote the screenplay for the Oscar nominated Columbia film A Kings Story on the life of the Duke of Windsor who he describes as a small man, lonely and sad, married to a house proud angular American who carried an ashtray everywhere she went in case someone accidentally spilt ash on her beautiful carpets.

As script editor and chief writer for 20th Century Fox’s most successful children’s series, The Double Deckers, It was also published as a book and the recording of songs from the series is about to be re-issued on CD by Cherry Records. He wrote films for The Children’s Film Foundation, two of which were award winners, and for the BBC’s Dr Who, “The Space Museum” also published as a book by W. H. Allen and recently reissued as a special edition DVD.

Being the only writer of the original series to also appear in Dr Who episodes as an actor, The Sontaran Experiment, he still receives fan mail.  Also published is a volume of children’s poetry, Hildegarde H and Her Friends, beautifully illustrated by Arnold Taraborrelli, Hildegarde being a hippopotamus and the poems all about African animals.

He started his professional acting career in England in weekly rep, firstly on the Isle of Wight and then in New Brighton. Since then he has played leading roles too numerous to mention in major provincial theatres, some of those artistes he worked with since becoming major names. But it was only in London that he worked with already established stars: Alistair Sim and Sir Ian McKellen in A Private Matter, Reunion in Vienna with Margaret Leighton and Nigel Patrick, The Great Society, Something Burning, The High Bid with Edward Woodwood and Fenella Feilding and Treasure island (twice) with Spike Milligan, Willie Rushton and Sir Bernard Miles all at the Mermaid Theatre, A Coat of Varnish, and Captain Brassbound’s Conversion at the Haymarket with Sir Anthony Quayle and Penelope Keith, Measure For Measure at The Open Space. His television appearances have been numerous and he has also worked in film and radio. His last television appearance was for the two-part BBC docu-drama The Lost Boys when he played the notorious murderous paedophile, Sydney Cook. He has directed plays at Buxton, Chesterfield, Worthing, Derby, on the London fringe and at RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Long spells have been spent in America teaching, directing and playing major roles at James Madison University and the Wayside Theatre in Virginia, at Furman University in South Carolina and in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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