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Sir John Mills

(1908-2005), Actor, producer and director

Sir John Lewis Ernest Watts Mills

Sitter in 7 portraits
Actor, husband of writer Mary Hayley Bell and father of actresses Hayley and Juliet Mills. Making his film debut in The Midshipmaid (1932), Mills went on to become one of Britain's leading screen personalities of the 1940s in films such as In Which We Serve (1942), The Way to the Stars (1945) and Great Expectations (1946). In the 1950s he starred in a number of dramas including Ice Cold in Alex and I Was Monty's Double (both 1958). He later won an Oscar for his supporting role in Ryan's Daughter. Knighted in 1977.

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Sir John Mills, by Fred Daniels - NPG P390

Sir John Mills

by Fred Daniels
vintage bromide print, 1945
NPG P390

Sir John Mills, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127295

Sir John Mills

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x127295

Sir John Mills; Jean Simmons; Harold Wilson, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x194206

Sir John Mills; Jean Simmons; Harold Wilson

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide press print, 19 March 1964
NPG x194206

David Lean and Sir John Mills on the set of 'Ryan's Daughter', by Unknown photographer - NPG x184048

David Lean and Sir John Mills on the set of 'Ryan's Daughter'

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, June 1970
NPG x184048

Sir John Mills, by Nicholas Sinclair - NPG x38830

Sir John Mills

by Nicholas Sinclair
selenium-toned silver print, 1990
NPG x38830

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