Andrew Faulds Movies and Career Information

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Mar 01, 1923
Tanganyika Territory
Andrew Matthew William Faulds was a British actor and politician. Born in Isoko, Tanganyika Territory, to missionary parents, Faulds married Bunty Whitfield in 1945. After graduating from the University of Glasgow, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1948 but first came to a wider public recognition playing Jet Morgan in Charles Chilton's radio drama Journey into Space on the BBC Light Programme. In 1959, Faulds and his wife played host to Paul Robeson who had travelled to Britain to appear at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon in Tony Richardson's production of Othello. Robeson had only recently been allowed to travel abroad again following the revocation of his passport. It was during this visit that Robeson inspired Faulds to take up political activism. In the UK general election, 1964, the Labour Foreign Secretary, Patrick Gordon Walker, had been defeated in controversial circumstances in the Smethwick constituency by Conservative candidate Peter Griffiths. Smethwick had been a focus of immigration from the Commonwealth in the economic and industrial growth of the years following World War II and Griffiths ran a campaign critical of the government's policy. There were rumours that his supporters had covertly circulated the slogan If you want a nigger for a neighbour, vote Liberal or Labour. Faulds defeated Griffiths in the UK general election, 1966 and was Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency until his retirement in 1997. Smethwick remained the focus of much racial tension in England throughout Faulds' office, in particular following the Rivers of Blood Speech by Enoch Powell in 1968 which Faulds characterised as "... unchristian ... unprincipled, undemocratic and racialist".

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