Anthony Forwood

Anthony Forwood
Born Ernest Lytton Forwood
(1915-10-03)3 October 1915
Weymouth, Dorset, England, UK
Died 18 May 1988(1988-05-18) (aged 72)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 19491956
Spouse(s) Glynis Johns
(m. 1942-1948, divorced)
Partner(s) Dirk Bogarde (19??-1988; Forwood's death)
Children Gareth Forwood (deceased)

Ernest Lytton Forwood (3 October 1915 – 18 May 1988), known professionally as Anthony Forwood, was an English actor.


In 1949 Forwood gained his first acting role when he starred in Ralph Thomas' Traveller's Joy. That same year he appeared in the thriller Man in Black with Sid James. Some time later, in 1952, he received a number of roles including Appointment in London with Dirk Bogarde, whose longtime partner and manager he became. (Ralph Thomas directed Bogarde in Doctor in the House and several of its sequels.)[1] He appeared with Boris Karloff in the mystery Colonel March Investigates and played Will Scarlet in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952). One year later he acted in the Oscar-nominated Knights of the Round Table, a film starring such high-profile actors as Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner and Stanley Baker, and in Terence Fisher’s Mantrap (1953). His last role came in 1956 in Colonel March of Scotland Yard.[1]

Personal life

In 1942, Forwood married actress Glynis Johns. Their only child was actor Gareth Forwood (1945–2007). They divorced in 1948.

Anthony Forwood later lived with his lover[2] actor Dirk Bogarde in Amersham, England; then in France until shortly before his death in London in 1988.[3]


By 1987, Forwood was dying of liver cancer and Parkinson's disease. At this time Bogarde, a heavy smoker, had a minor stroke. On 18 May 1988, Forwood died aged 72 in Kensington and Chelsea, London. His body was cremated.


  1. 1 2 Anthony Forwood at the Internet Movie Database
  2. Jury, Louise (28 March 2007), "The private world of Dirk Bogarde", The Independent, retrieved 12 August 2008
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