Roger Livesey (June 25 1906 - February 4 1976) was a Welsh stage and film actor, married to actress Ursula Jeans from 1936 until her death in 1973. He is most often remembered for the three Powell & Pressburger films in which he starred: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, I Know Where I'm Going! and A Matter of Life and Death.
At the outbreak of World War II, Livesey and Jeans were among the first volunteers to entertain the troops, before he volunteered for flying duties in the R.A.F. He was turned down as too old, so he went to work in an aircraft factory at Desford aerodrome near Leicester to "do his bit for the war effort". He was chosen by Michael Powell to play the lead in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943). This was shown in New York and established his international reputation as a talented character actor. In 1945, he was the first choice for the male lead role in Brief Encounter, which in the end went to Trevor Howard .
He continued playing many theatrical roles during his film career until 1969. One of his last roles was as the Duke of St Bungey in the Pallisers television series. Livesey died from colorectal cancer at the age of 69.
Tall and broad with a mop of chestnut hair, Livesey had a husky voice, a gentle manner and an athletic physique. His favourite hobby is listed as "tinkering".
The complexity propagated into the next generation when Roger Livesey married Ursula Jeans, as her brother Desmond was already married to Roger's sister Maggie.
Many of the family formed a touring company of actors, performing in regional theatres and from the back of an old waggon, one side of which could be dropped to form a stage. Because of their touring, they did not regard themselves as particularly Welsh, or English. They were just British. Different people happened to be born in different places just because that was where their mother happened to be at the time.