Edward de Souza

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Edward James de Souza (born 4 September 1932) is a British character actor and graduate of RADA with ethnic Portuguese Indian and English origins. kaldorcity.com. Originally published in Celestial Toyroom issue 384.

Early life

De Souza was the only child of Annie Adeline Swift (née Calvert) and Edward Valentine De Souza Jr. (1881–1947), a Cambridge Graduate of Portuguese descent. De Souza was raised primarily by his mother, as his father died when De Souza was just 14.


He is well-known for the films The Phantom of the Opera and The Kiss of the Vampire, both made for Hammer Studios in 1962. Perhaps his most famous role, however, has been as The Man in Black for BBC Radio 4. He also appeared in the television version of After Henry, Farrington and, earlier, took the part of Soveral (the Portuguese Ambassador to Britain) in Edward the Seventh.

In 1965, he appeared as the lead in the Doctor Who story Mission to the Unknown – the only story ever broadcast in the series not to feature the Doctor in any capacity. From 1961 to 1966, he starred in the popular sitcom Marriage Lines, and in 1977 he played Sheik Hosein in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. He was solicitor "Bonny Bernard" in the first series of Rumpole of the Bailey. In 1982 he appeared in the final Sapphire & Steel adventure, credited only as "The Man".One of his less-known works, was his role in The......
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