Tom Bell

Movie Actor

Tom Bell was born on August 2nd, 1933 in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom and is the Movie Actor from United Kingdom. Discover Tom Bell's biography, age, height, physical stats, dating/affair, family, hobbies, education, career updates, and networth at the age of 73 years old.

Date of Birth
August 2, 1933
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Death Date
Oct 4, 2006 (age 73)
Zodiac Sign
Actor, Film Actor, Stage Actor, Television Actor
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About Tom Bell

Thomas George Bell (2 August 1933 – 4 October 2006) was an English actor on stage, film and television.

He was dark-haired and lean, and in his later years often played characters having a sinister side to their nature.

Early life

Bell was born on 2 August 1933, in Liverpool, Lancashire. His family was large, and he had little contact with his father, a merchant seaman. Evacuated as a child during the Second World War, he lived with three different families in Morecambe, Lancashire. In 1948, at age 15, Bell began to act in school plays. His younger brother Keith also became an actor.

On leaving school he trained under Esme Church at the Bradford Civic Theatre; fellow pupils included Billie Whitelaw and Robert Stephens. He later worked in repertory in Liverpool and Dublin.


Michael Coveney described Bell as a "naturally gifted and unusually reserved leading actor", with a "quiet, mesmeric brand of acting". On television he had the role of Albert Stokes in Harold Pinter's first success in the medium, A Night Out (1960), while in the same year his first film appearance came in Joseph Losey's The Criminal. He continued to appear in the British New Wave films of the early 60s including The Kitchen (1961) and The L-Shaped Room (1962) with Leslie Caron. At an awards ceremony for the latter, he drunkenly interrupted a speech by Prince Philip, yelling "Tell us a funny story", to the obvious embarrassment of table companions Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes. While the Duke of Edinburgh apparently took the heckle in good humour, retorting "If you want a funny story, I suggest you engage a professional comic", the incident added to Bell's reputation as a hellraiser, and "did little to further [his] career". His other notable films of the decade included H.M.S. Defiant (1962), A Prize of Arms (1962), Ballad in Blue (1965), He Who Rides a Tiger (1965) and The Long Day's Dying (1968).

In 1978, he came to worldwide attention portraying Adolf Eichmann in the Emmy-winning tv-series Holocaust, and he received a BAFTA nomination for the series Out, in which he played convicted armed robber, Frank Ross.

Declared bankrupt in 1982, Bell bounced back with a later career renaissance, appearing in several British films including Wish You Were Here, Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books, Swing and the 1990 film The Krays, where he played the part of Jack "The Hat" McVitie, one of the Kray twins' murder victims. In 1991, he played the dour owner of a run-down seaside waxworks museum in the Thames TV sitcom Hope It Rains, written by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey and directed by John Howard Davies. It ran for two series comprising thirteen episodes.

Although he tended to eschew live performance, Bell's few stage appearances included a role in the 1979 UK première of Bent, Martin Sherman's play about homosexuality, staged at the Royal Court Theatre. He played the character Horst, opposite Ian McKellen's Max. The play's examination of homosexual love, set in a Nazi death camp, was shocking for many theatregoers at the time and uncovered a previously little-examined area of Nazi brutality.

In the ITV series Prime Suspect, Bell played Detective Sergeant Bill Otley opposite Helen Mirren in the first (1991), third (1993) and final series (2006), the latter being one of his last on-screen appearances. His gripping portrayal of the toxic character secured Bell's second BAFTA nomination, in 1993.

Personal life

Bell was married to the actress Lois Daine from 1960 to 1976. They had one son, Aran, who is also an actor.

His partner from 1976 until his death was the costume designer Frances Tempest, with whom he had a step-daughter, Nellie, and a daughter, Polly.


The real cop behind Prime Suspect: Sexist officers couldn't beat hard-as-nails DCI Jackie Malton, August 13, 2022
Jackie Malton (left) spoke to Lynda La Plante who based her Prime Suspect character DCI Jane Tennison (inset) on her. She spoke about her experiences having spent 20 years policing, with 11 of those spent in the Met police. She was called a 'c***' and told she wasn't gay she just hadn't 'met the right man and had a proper ******* yet'.