Terry Denville-Faulkner RIP

Those readers who attended this year’s John Tyndall Memorial Meeting in Preston will remember the reference by Andrew Brons to an NF member – Terry Denville-Faulkner – who used to sell party literature at the BBC!

We have since heard that the intrepid nationalist in question, Terry Denville-Faulkner, died on Monday 26th October. In 1976 he was NF candidate in a high-profile parliamentary by-election in Carshalton, polling 1,851 votes (4.6%).

Terry Denville-Faulkner (right) in a touring production of 'Charley's Aunt' in 1999.

Terry Denville-Faulkner (right) in a touring production of Charley’s Aunt in 1999.

At the 1979 general election he contested the same constituency, but in common with the rest of the party’s candidates his vote declined substantially as Tory leader Margaret Thatcher succeeded in stealing the NF’s clothes to portray her party (falsely) as anti-immigration: Terry Denville-Faulkner’s 1979 vote was 919 (1.8%).

Finally in 1983 with the nationalist movement divided and the NF on the verge of a near-terminal split, he fought Twickenham (pretty much a no-hope area for nationalists) polling 234 votes (0.5%).

Most remarkably throughout his active campaigning for the NF, Terry Denville-Faulkner maintained a successful career as a stage, film and television actor. His professional name was Terrance Denville.

Terry Denville-Faulkner (right) in the controversial 1969 ITV comedy 'Curry and Chips', the first television series to tackle racial issues, which was cancelled after six episodes.

Terry Denville-Faulkner (right) in the controversial 1969 ITV comedy Curry and Chips, the first television series to tackle racial issues, which was cancelled after six episodes.

His last television appearance was in the BBC comedy series Miranda in 2010, and he appeared in nine episodes of Doctor Who between 1968 and 1974.  In 1995 he had a part in the James Bond film GoldenEye.

Had more Britons shown the courage and commitment of Terry Denville-Faulkner during the 1970s, Britain would be a very different place.

Terry Denville-Faulkner in one of his final stage roles in 2010, in Alan Ayckbourn's 'Private Fears in Public Places'.

Terry Denville-Faulkner in one of his final stage roles in 2010, in Alan Ayckbourn’s Private Fears in Public Places.

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