Tom Chatto

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Tom Chatto
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Chatto in Guy Hamilton's Battle of Britain (1969)
Thomas Chatto St George Sproule

(1920-09-01)1 September 1920
Died8 August 1982(1982-08-08) (aged 61)
London, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Known forActor and father-in-law of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Princess Margaret
Spouse(s)Rosalind Joan Thompson
Children2, including Daniel Chatto

Tom Chatto (born Thomas Chatto St George Sproule; 1 September 1920 – 8 August 1982) was an English actor who made numerous appearances on television, film, and stage between 1957 and his death in 1982.

Early life and career[edit]

Chatto is the great-grandson of the founder of Chatto and Windus, the well-known publishers.

According to a London Palladium souvenir brochure from a 1970 production of Aladdin, he was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. During the war he was commissioned in the Indian Army. After the war he maintained the family interest in books and became a director of the firm of booksellers Pickering and Chatto.

Chatto appeared mostly in films, including Oscar Wilde (1960) in which he played the Clerk of Arraigns. He was well known for his role in the 1969 Guy Hamilton film Battle of Britain.[1]

His work in the theatre includes Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be, My Fair Lady, Number 10, The Young Visiters and Hushabye.[2] In 1969 he appeared with Tommy Steele and Mary Hopkin in Dick Whittington at The London Palladium and in 1970 was The Emperor of China in Aladdin with Cilla Black, Alfred Marks and Leslie Crowther, and with Alec Guinness in the play Time out of Mind.[citation needed][3][4]

He appeared on TV in Honey Lane, The Cedar Tree, The Expert, and Happy Ever After. He had a minor role in the pilot episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in 1969 in the episode, "My Late Lamented Friend and Partner".


Chatto married Rosalind Joan Thompson, who became a successful talent agent under the name Ros Chatto (died 5 June 2012); the couple had two sons: James and Daniel.[5] His son Daniel is married to Lady Sarah Chatto, the daughter of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, and the niece of Queen Elizabeth II. He was also the grandfather of stand-up comedian Mae Martin.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1957 The Girl in the Picture George Keefe
1957 Quatermass 2 Broadhead
1960 Oscar Wilde Clerk of Arraigns
1962 The Boys Morris
1966 The Frozen Dead Inspector Witt
1967 It! Young Captain
1969 Battle of Britain Willoughby's Assistant Controller
1970 My Lover My Son Woods
1970 The Man Who Had Power Over Women Doctor
1971 Assault Police Doctor
1971 When Eight Bells Toll Lord Kirkside
1974 Galileo Town Crier
1975 The Romantic Englishwoman Neighbour
1979 The Human Factor General Phipps


  1. ^ "Tom Chatto". BFI.
  2. ^ "Tom Chatto | Theatricalia".
  3. ^ "Search Results".
  4. ^ "The Gallery - Playbills - Palladium Aladdin 1970".
  5. ^ Walker, Tim (15 June 2012). "The Queen's niece Lady Sarah Chatto mourns the death of agent to the stars". The Telegraph.
  6. ^ "Mae Martin". The Argus. Retrieved 12 July 2021.

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