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John Ulick Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne, CBE (9 November 1924 – 23 September 2005) was a Britishmarker peer, television producer and Academy-award nominated film producer.

Brabourne was a TV producer from 1958 to 1988 and was a director of Mersham Productions in 1970, a director of Thames Television (later Chairman) and Euston Films from 1978 to 1995, and a director of Thorn EMI from 1981 to 1986. In 1979, he was invested as a Fellow of the British Film Institute and made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.

His filmography includes Harry Black, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, A Passage to India, Sink the Bismarck!, and Little Dorrit.

Personal life

Lord Brabourne was born in 1924, the son of Michael Knatchbull, 5th Baron Brabourne and his wife, the Lady Doreen Browne. He was educated at Eton Collegemarker and Brasenose College, Oxfordmarker. He served in the Coldstream Guards, rising to the rank of Captain and fought in Francemarker in the Second World War from 1943.

On 26 October 1946, at Romsey Abbeymarker in Hampshire, at the age of 21, he married the Honourable Patricia Mountbatten, elder daughter and heiress of Viscount Mountbatten, later Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. They had seven children:

Lord Brabourne was in the boat which was blown up by the IRA off the shores of Sligomarker in 1979, killing his father-in-law Lord Mountbatten of Burma, who lived in a nearby estate, his youngest son Nicholas Knatchbull, his mother, the Dowager Baroness Brabourne, and a local boy, Paul Maxwell, from County Fermanagh.

Brabourne, his wife, and his son Timothy (Nicholas' twin brother) were injured, but survived the attack.

Lord Brabourne served as a governor of various schools, including: Norton Knatchbull Schoolmarker from 1947 to 2000, Wye Agricultural College from 1955 to 2000, and Gordonstoun School from 1964 to 1994. He was also a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Kentmarker from 1993 to 1999.

He died in 2005 at his home in Kent at the age of 80.


  1. Death on the Nile producer dies, BBC News, 23 September 2005.

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