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Emlyn Williams


Born in Welsh village. Scored sensational success on stage and screen in "The Frightened Lady." Author of stage play, "A Murder Has Been Arranged," also of "Port Said," which he wrote and produced.

Emlyn Williams (1905 - 1987) The multi-talented actor, writer, director was ubiquitous in 30s film and stage. In film he appeared in projects as diverse as Jamaica Inn, Evensong and the abandoned version of I Claudius (as Caligula). Today he is best known as author of The Corn is Green and Night Must Fall.


Emlyn Williams (1905-1987) was a Welsh dramatist and actor. He was born into a working-class family of North Wales, but won a scholarship to Christ Church College, Oxford. In 1927, he joined a repertory company and began his stage career. By 1930, he had branched out into writing, and his first major success was with the thriller, Night Must Fall (1935) - later made into a film. His other great play was very different: The Corn is Green (1938). He often appeared in his own plays, and was famous for his one-man-show, with which he toured the world, playing Charles Dickens in an evening of readings from Dickens' novels. His autobiography, in the volumes, George (1961) and Emlyn (1973), was also highly successful.