Anthony Asquith (9 November 1902 – 20 February 1968) was a
leading English film director.
London, he was the son of Herbert Henry Asquith, the Prime Minister of the
United Kingdom during the First
World War, and Margot
Within his family he was known as 'Puffin'.
educated at Winchester
College and Balliol College, Oxford.
His first successful film was Pygmalion
(1938) based on the
George Bernard Shaw
featured Leslie Howard
. His later films included
The Winslow Boy
(1951), and The Importance of
(1952). The last two starred Michael Redgrave
. All three were remade in
Asquith, a charming, gentle man and a closeted
homosexual who never married, died from
at the age of 65.
At the height of the Profumo scandal
Asquith is widely believed to have been the 'man in the mask' at an
orgy attended by Stephen Ward
, Christine Keeler
, Mandy Rice-Davies
and a host of top
establishment figures. This person's theatrical display of
masochism was regarded as symptomatic of the British establishment
in decline and