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Anthony Bate
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Bate in the television series Intimate Strangers
Born (1927-08-31)31 August 1927
Died 19 June 2012(2012-06-19) (aged 84)
Nationality British
Education King Edward VI School, Stourbridge
Alma mater Central School of Speech and Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 1953–2005
Known for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Smiley's People
Spouse(s) Diana Fay
(1954–2012; his death)
Children Gavin Watson,
Mark Hewitt

Anthony Bate (31 August 1927 – 19 June 2012) was an English actor.

He is possibly best known for his role as Oliver Lacon in the BBC television adaptations of the John le Carré novels Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People and his role as Bret Renssalaer in Len Deighton's trilogy Game, Set and Match.Gideons Way

Bate's other credits include: Dixon of Dock Green, The Saint, The Avengers, Prime Suspect, Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost and Midsomer Murders.

Early life

Bate was born the third son of Isle of Wight hoteliers Hubert George Cookson Bate (son of George Harry Bate, a hairdresser and trichologist, of Stourbridge; died 1986) and Cecile Marjorie Canadine (died 1973). Bate was educated at King Edward VI School, Stourbridge, and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama (gold medal). During his National Service he served with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from 1945 to 1947.


From his professional theatre debut in 1953, Bate's theatre roles included: his first West End appearance in Inherit the Wind (St Martin's) 1960, Treasure Island (Mermaid) 1960, Happy Family (Hampstead) 1966, Much Ado About Nothing and Silence (RSC Aldwych) 1969. Find Your Way Home (Open Space Theatre) 1970, Eden End (tour) 1972, Economic Necessity (Haymarket Leicester) 1973, Getting Away with Murder (Comedy) 1976, Shadow Box (Cambridge) 1979, The Old Jest (tour) 1980, and A Flea in her Ear (Plymouth Theatre Co) 1980. Little Lies (Wyndhams) 1983, Master Class (tour) 1984, The Deep Blue Sea (Theatre Royal Haymarket) 1988, Relative Values (Chichester Festival Theatre and Savoy) 1993–94.


..... He also appeared in Spindoe and Beasts.


Bate's film credits include Dentist in the Chair (1960), Dentist on the Job (1961), Payroll (1961), A Prize of Arms (1962), Act of Murder (1964), Ghost Story (1974), Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984), Eminent Domain (1990) and Nowhere in Africa (2001) (winner Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language). He was a member of BAFTA from 1985.

Personal life

On 22 May 1954, he married Diana Fay, the daughter of Kenneth Alfred Charles Caws Watson (d. 29 October 1940), of Seaview, Isle of Wight. His two sons are Gavin Watson (born 1961) and Mark Hewitt (born 1963).


Bate died at St. Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight, on 19 June 2012 at the age of 84, after a brief illness. He had been rushed into the hospital on 17 June because of his condition. He was survived by his wife Diana and his two children.

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