Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 5, 1941
DiedFebruary 16, 2007, London, United Kingdom
SpouseRuth Leon, Margaret Gudejko
FactFilm critic at the "Sunday Express" from 1992 to 1995 and "The Spectator" from 1990 to 2001.

Sheridan Morley (born 1941) is a British writer, biographer, broadcaster and film critic. He was educated at Stowe School and Magdalen College, Oxford.

Morley began his career as a journalist on The Times and later became the theatre critic of The Sunday Telegraph. He has also written for The Spectator, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Observer. He has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2.

Morley has written biographies of Noël Coward, Laurence Olivier, Rex Harrison, Burton and Taylor (with Christopher Bray), as well as books on the history of the London stage. He has also edited several anthologies, including The Oxford Book of Parodies.

In addition to his writing and broadcasting work, Morley has also been active in the theatre as a director and producer. He was the artistic director of the Theatre Museum in London from 1989 to 1996.

Morley was appointed OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours list.

General Info

Date Of BirthDecember 5, 1941
DiedFebruary 16, 2007, London, United Kingdom
Place Of BirthAscot, United Kingdom
ProfessionActor, Author, Critic, Theatre Director, Presenter, Biographer
EducationMerton College, Oxford


SpouseRuth Leon, Margaret Gudejko
ChildrenHugo Morley
ParentsRobert Morley, Joan Buckmaster
SiblingsWilton Morley, Annabel Morley


TV ShowsFilm Night

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1One daughter was born on 19 December 1976.
2He and his first wife, Margaret Gudejko, never collaborated on any books, but both wrote separate biographies of his father, Robert Morley. (His was written after Robert Morley's death).
3London Theatre critic for the International Herald Tribune. [2003]
4Once received a postcard reading, in its entirety, "Fatty Morley - Watch Out!"; it was unsigned. Morley believed this postcard had been sent him by the dramatist and actor John Osborne, one of whose plays he had recently panned.
5Upon his death, he was interred at St. Mary's Churchyard in Wargrave, Mill Green, Station Road, Berkshire, England.
6Was born during the run of the London production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner", in which his father played the acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside. He was named after the character.
7Grandson of British grande dame actress Gladys Cooper on his mother's side.
8Author of a number of film biographies including ones for Noël Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, John Gielgud, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Dirk Bogarde, Ginger Rogers, Ingrid Bergman, Oscar Wilde, David Niven and grandmother Gladys Cooper.
9Directed several musical revues including "Noel and Gertie" (1982), "Spread a Little Happiness" (1991) and "Much Revue About Nothing" (1998).
10Film critic at the "Sunday Express" from 1992 to 1995 and "The Spectator" from 1990 to 2001.
11Frequent panelist on such British game shows as "Call My Bluff" and "Countdown".
12Educated in England at Oxford University and began working as a reporter and broadcaster for the Independent Television News in the early 60s.
13Born in England but spent much of his childhood in California where his father worked in films.
14Married Ruth Leon in 1995 and co-authored biographies of Gene Kelly, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe with her. He also wrote a 1993 memoir of his father Robert Morley and wrote his own memoir, "Asking for Trouble" in 2002.
15Son of Robert Morley.
16Brother of Annabel Morley, Wilton Morley.



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