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George Baker (1931 - 2011)

When George Baker died, most of the obituaries concentrated on the later part of his career when he portrayed Inspector Wexford in 49 episodes of the Ruth Rendall adaptations. However, that was only one role in a career which lasted over 50 years.

Baker's father was a diplomat and he was born in Bulgaria and educated at Lancing college. After school he entered rep in Deal, lying about his age. National Service caught up with him but once that was over he took up where he left off. He made his West End debut in Aren't We All in 1953 and made his film debut the same year. Good looking and 6' 3" he was a natural for cinema and was put under contract by Associated British. 

He was sold as the new Cary Grant and had a decent run until the market changed and the Angry Young Man type became fashionable. At the end of the 50s he re-established his theatrical credentials with a season at the Old Vic. In 1966 he started his own theatre company based at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. When this ended in 1971 he created a company making training films.

He got his own TV series in 1973, Bowler, but it was his role as Tiberius in I Claudius that really impressed the critics. A role as a west country Inspector in the Miss Marple episode At Bertram's Hotel convinced the adaptors of the Ruth Rendell novel that he'd be right for Inspector Wexford.

He married three times, the third time to his co-star in the Ruth Rendells, Louie Ramsay.


George Baker in The Feminine TouchGeorge Baker in The Moonraker


1953 The Intruder
1955 The Ship That Died of Shame
1955 The Dam Busters
1955 The Woman for Joe
1956 The Extra Day
1956 A Hill in Korea
1957 These Dangerous Years
1957 No Time for Tears
1958 The Moonraker
1958 Tread Softly Stranger
1963 Lancelot and Guinevere
1965 Curse of the Fly
1967 Mister Ten Per Cent
1967 You Only Live Twice
1969 Justine
1969 Goodbye Mister Chips
1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service
1970 The Executioner
1973 A Warm December
1975 Three for All
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me
1978 Intimate Games
1978 The Thirty Nine Steps
1979 North Sea Hijack
1980 Hopscotch
1987 Out of Order
1988 For Queen and Country
2001 Back to the Secret Garden

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