Cyril Raymond

Cyril William North Raymond MBE (13 Feb 1899, Rowley Regis, Staffordshire – 20 Mar 1973, Ripe, near Lewes, Sussex) was a British character actor. Of dozens of film and television appearances, probably his best-remembered role was as Fred Jesson, the husband of Celia Johnson's Laura Jesson in Brief Encounter (1945). During the Second World War he served as a RAF fighter controller during the Battle of Britain and was awarded the MBE in the 1945 King's Birthday Honours. He reached the rank of Wing Commander. 1911 Census shows that he was 12-year-old, a schoolboy living at the Grand Hotel, Broad Street, Bristol. His mother Rose Raymond, 44-years-old, was managing the hotel. His father Herbert Linton Raymond had died in 1906 at the hotel, Herbert is buried at Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol. He was married twice. First to Iris Hoey and then to Gillian Lind, both of whom were actresses. Cutting from The Times 18 Sept 1922 - Miss Iris Hoey, the actress, was married yesterday at a Bristol register office to Mr Cyril Raymond, of Bristol, an actor. Mr Raymond's mother, Rose L. Raymond, is the manageress of the Grand Hotel, Bristol. Witnesses were Rose L. Raymond, Florence M.


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