Valentine Dyall

Biography

Valentine Dyall (7 May 1908–24 June 1985) was an English character actor, the son of veteran actor Franklin Dyall, who was especially popular as a voice actor, due to his very distinctive sepulchral voice. He was known for many years as "The Man in Black", narrator of the BBC Radio horror series Appointment With Fear. Dyall also made guest appearances in several episodes of The Goon Show, parodying his familiar radio persona. Dyall also played the central character Lord Fortnum, who turns into a bed-sitting room following a nuclear war, in Spike Milligan and John Antrobus' stage play The Bed-Sitting Room, which opened at the Mermaid Theatre on 31 January 1963.[1][2] He played the witch Jethrow Keane in The City of the Dead (1960). He appeared in Robert Wise's 1963 film The Haunting as Mr.Dudley, the sinister caretaker of the haunted Hill House. He voiced the character of evil mastermind Dr. Noah in the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale. He appeared as Lorrimer in the 1984 TV movie Marple: The Body in the Library. He later appeared in the radio version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy playing Gargravarr, and on the television and LP versions, where he played the voice of the computer Deep Thought. He portrayed the Black Guardian in several Doctor Who serials, and also voiced a major role in the Doctor Who radio serial Slipback. He also played Norl in the episode "City at the Edge of the World" in the series Blake's 7. In 1983 he attended Doctor Who's 20th Anniversary celebrations at Longleat alongside many other cast and crew from the series. Dyall also made regular appearances in all three seasons of the series Secret Army as Dr. Pascal Keldermans, but not within the sequel Kessler. In his early career, he appeared in one movie with his father, the spy thriller Yellow Canary, which starred Anna Neagle and Richard Greene. His part was that of a German U-boat commander attempting to kidnap a British agent from a ship in the Atlantic, Franklin Dyall playing the ship's captain. He also played the Duke of Burgundy in Olivier's wartime film of Henry V and had a small role as a German officer in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. Dyall's last role, in the year of his death, was as Marcade in Love's Labour's Lost, in the BBC Television Shakespeare.

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Lust for a Vampire

Count Karnstein (voice) (uncredited)

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The Wrong Box

Oliver Pike Harmsworth

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Christopher Columbus

Narrator (voice)

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The Body in the Library

Lorrimer

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Dr. Morelle: The Case of the Missing Heiress

Dr. Morelle

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Suspended Alibi

Inspector Kayes

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Room to Let

Dr. Fell

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Vengeance Is Mine

Charles Heywood

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Hammer the Toff

Inspector Grice

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Paul Temple und der Fall Marquis

Superintendant Bradley

Starring In
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The Body in the Library

Lorrimer

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Britannia Hospital

Mr. Rochester

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Peter & Paul DVD

Seneca

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The Old Crowd

Oscar

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Come Play With Me

Minister of Finance

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Den Hemmelige Hær: sæson 1

Dr. Pascal Keldermans (23 episodes, 1977-1979)

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The Slipper and the Rose

2nd Major-Domo

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The Great McGonagall

Army Sergeant / Lord Tennyson / Doctor / Native Messenger / Policeman / Fop

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The Beast Must Die

Narrator of the werewolf Break (voice) (uncredited)

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Lust for a Vampire

Count Karnstein (voice) (uncredited)

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Bedazzled (67)

God (voice) (uncredited)

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Casino Royale

Vesper Lynd's Assistant / Dr. Noah's Voice (uncredited)

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The Night of the Generals

German Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

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The Wrong Box

Oliver Pike Harmsworth

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First Men in the Moon

Narrator (uncredited)

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The Haunting (1963)

Mr. Dudley

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The City of the Dead

Jethrow Keane

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Suspended Alibi

Inspector Kayes

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Knights of the Round Table

Narrator (uncredited)

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The Final Test

Man in Black (voice) (uncredited)

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Ivanhoe

Norman Guard

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Paul Temple und der Fall Marquis

Superintendant Bradley

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Hammer the Toff

Inspector Grice

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Salute the Toff

Inspector Grice

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Room to Let

Dr. Fell

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The Golden Salamander

Ben Ahrim (uncredited)

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Christopher Columbus

Narrator (voice)

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The Man in Black

The Man in Black - Story-Teller

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The Glass Mountain

Opera Narrator (uncredited)

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Vengeance Is Mine

Charles Heywood

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For Them That Trespass

Toastmaster at Drew Party

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Man on the Run

Army Judge Advocate

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Dr. Morelle: The Case of the Missing Heiress

Dr. Morelle

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The Story of Shirley Yorke

Edward Holt

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My Brother's Keeper

Inspector

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Corridor of Mirrors

Counsel for Defence (uncredited)

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Night Boat to Dublin

Sir George Bell

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Caesar and Cleopatra

First Guardsman

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The Queen of Spades

St. Germain's messenger

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Pink String and Sealing Wax

Police Inspector

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Brief Encounter

Stephen Lynn, Alec's 'Friend' (uncredited)

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I Know Where I'm Going!

Mr. Robinson

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Henry V

Duke of Burgundy

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Hotel Reserve

Warren Skelton

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Yellow Canary

German Commander

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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

von Schönborn

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The Silver Fleet

Markgraf

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The Missing Million

Mr. Collett

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Much Too Shy

Defendant's Councel

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