MCM: Anthony Andrews


On a Facebook post about the 1982 premiere of The Scarlet Pimpernel, a couple readers commented ‘what ever happened to Anthony Andrews?’ which prompted me to look him up on IMDB. He’s still alive and kicking and had several interesting historical costume roles after playing the demmed elusive Pimpernel. Plus, he had some fabulous ones before and around that time, so he’s due for a Man Candy Monday feature!


Earl of Silverbridge in The Pallisers (1974)

Anthony Andrews, The Pallisers (1974)


Steerforth in David Copperfield (1974)

Anthony Andrews, David Copperfield (1974)


Lord Robert Stockbridge in Upstairs, Downstairs (1975)

Anthony Andrews, Upstairs Downstairs (1975)

His character married Georgina Worsley (played by Lesley-Anne Down), niece of the main family, in the last episode of the series.


Lord Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited (1981)

Anthony Andrews, Brideshead Revisited (1981)

The beautiful, tragic friend who draws Jeremy Irons character into his aristocratic circle.

Anthony Andrews, Brideshead Revisited (1981)

Of course, with Aloysius.


Sir Percy Blakeney / The Scarlet Pimpernel in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

Anthony Andrews, Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) Anthony Andrews, Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)


Wilfred of Ivanhoe in Ivanhoe (1982)

Anthony Andrews, Ivanhoe (1982)


Prince of Wales in The Woman He Loved (1988)

Anthony Andrews, The Woman He Loved (1988)

Playing Edward to Jane Seymour’s Wallis Simpson.

Anthony Andrews, The Woman He Loved (1988)


Mr. Edward Murdstone in David Copperfield (2000)

Anthony Andrews, David Copperfield (2000)

With Hugh Dancy as Copperfield.


Stanley Baldwin in The King’s Speech (2010)

Anthony Andrews, The King's Speech (2010)


Colonel Barclay in Birdsong (2012)

Anthony Andrews, Birdsong (2012)



Now you know what Anthony Andrews has been up to! Did you recognize any of his more recent historical costume movie or TV roles?

17 Responses

  1. elizacameron

    He was also in the most recent adaption (early aughts) of Love in a Cold Climate. He was also a fabulous Henry Higgins on stage in My Fair Lady about 10 years ago. I also had the pleasure of shaking his hand once at a benefit for the Royal Court theatre when I was studying abroad In London although I cringed when my roommate told him that she loved him when he guest-starred on The Love Boat.

    • Branwen

      Oops! Wrong actor though both blonds handsome in historic roles.

  2. Adina

    You guys skipped over Danger UXB. That’s my favourite series that he was in.

  3. Barb Donaghey

    A local PBS station recently aired “The Syndicate” (a contemporary/non-frock flick). I spent half the first episode trying to figure out who he was. I finally broke down and IMDBed it. It had been so long since I have seen him in anything! I did see “the King’s Speech” but I never recognized him.

  4. Susan Pola Staples

    Besides Sir Percy and Sebastian, l really enjoyed him as Silverbridge and his character in Love in a Cold Climate.

  5. Janette

    A find actor, (though I don’t like the shade of his politics). He had numerous minor roles in so many great dramas in his younger days. I recently saw him in Wings, a BBC series about the Royal Flying Corps playing an officer of course, which would have been before Brideshead made him famous. Funny that in Pallisers his best friend is played by Jeremy Irons who has a relationship with his sister and they both visit Venice.
    I am currently re watching Pallisers, the costumes the costumes,, but am only on episode three and Silverbridge is not even born yet. Many years, and episodes to go and so many costumes.

  6. Janette

    He was also in a episode of Duchess of Duke St. i remember him in the BBC Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet. He was also in the production Much Ado about Nothing in the same series which was never screened for reasons unknown.

  7. Charity

    He traumatized my friend and I when he played Murdstone! We agreed it was simply wrong for such a lovely man / fine actor to play one of the most hated villains in Dickens. :P

  8. Kate D

    We adore the 1981 Brideshead Revisited. It is the book. We named our daughter Cordelia, after the youngest Flyte sister.

  9. Lorraine Chandler

    Love him in Jewels as the sweet natured William Whitfield.I💙

  10. Constance

    He will always be Lord Silverbridge to me…telling Lady Mabel Grex he will not marry her.