Chariots of Fire actor Nigel Davenport dies aged 85

The performer who starred in the Oscar-winning film, as well as hit BBC drama Howard's Way, has passed away of pneumonia


Chariots of Fire and Howard’s Way star Nigel Davenport has died at the age of 85.


The veteran actor, whose son is the Breathless star Jack Davenport, died from the effects of pneumonia on Friday, his agent Nicholas Young has announced.

“It was a privilege, a pleasure and an honour to have represented Nigel,” said Young. “Not only was he an excellent actor, but he was also a charming, warm and witty man.

“His performances over the years were powerful and moving; his voice, the envy of many an aspiring actor, was a joy to listen to.

“Never afraid to give his opinion, he lived life to the full and enjoyed his retirement. Immensely popular on both a personal and professional level, he will be sadly missed.”

As well as playing Olympic committee member Lord Birkenhead in Chariots of Fire, Davenport’s famous roles include Sir Edward Frere, the father of property tycoon Charles Frere, in the hit BBC drama Howard’s Way.

Other TV appearances came in The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Saint, The Avengers and South Riding.