Screen Actors in the Role of Her Majesty's Soldiers
The 1920's
The 1940's
Gary Cooper
as
Lt. Alan McGregor
Lives of a Bengal Lancer
1935
The 1960's
Victor McLaglen
as
Capt. Donald Gordon King
The Black Watch
1929
David Niven
as
General Sir Roland Dane
Enchantment
1948
The 1930's
The 1990's
Heath Ledger
as
Harry Feversham
The Four Feathers
2002
Wes Bentley
as
The Four Feathers
2002
Trevor Howard
as
Lord Cardigan
The Charge of the Light
Brigade
1968
The British square
at Abu Klea
The Four Feathers
2002
Stanley Baker
as
Lt. John Chard R.E.
Zulu
1964
The 1970's
Malcolm McDowell
as
Captain Harry Flashman
Royal Flash
1975
The 1950's
Rock Hudson
as
Capt. Jeffrey Claybourne
Bengal Briagde
1954
The British Square
The Four Feathers
1929
James Booth
as
Private Hook
Zulu
1964
Spencer Tracy
as
Henry Morton Stanley
Stanley and Livingstone
1939
Patrick Bergin
as
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton
&
Iain Glen as Lt. John Speke
Mountains of the Moon
1990
The 2000's
Simon Ward as Winston Churchill
&
Sir John Mills as Horatio Herbert
Kitchener
Young Winston
1972
Preston Foster
as
Sergeant Jim Brett
North West Mounted Police
1940
Peter Sellers
as
General Leo FitzJohn
Waltz of the Toreadors
1962
Cary Grant as Sgt. Archibald Cutter
and
Victor McLaglen as Sgt. 'Mac' MacChesney
Gunga Din
1939
Dennis Morgan
as
John Keith/Sgt. Derry Connison
Rivers Edge
1940
The 1980's
Bo Derek
as
Jane Parker
Tarzan, the Ape Man
1981
Edward Underdown
as
Col. William Hicks
Khartoum
1966
Norman Pierce
as
Sergeant Brown
The Four Feathers
1939
Omdurman
The Four Feathers
1939
Charlton Heston as
Gen. Charles Gordon
&
Richard Johnson as
Col. J.D.H. Stewart
Khartoum
1966
Lord Cardigan: "I shall have you arrested. You *are* arrested. Go to your quarters, sir, and be arrested!"
                                                                                                                                                                                             From Tony Richardson's 1968 production of "The Charge of the Light Brigade"
Sgt. Thomas 'Tommy' Ballantine: "You displease me greatly, and I ignore the both of you."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 From the 1939 production of Gunga Din.
Errol Flynn as Major Geoffrey Vickers
and
Donald Crisp as Colonel Campbell
The Charge of the Light Brigade
1936
Charlton Heston
as
Gen. Charles Gordon
Khartoum
1966
Cyril MacLaglen
as
John Kennedy
Balaclava (Jaws of Hell)
1928
Richard Arlen as Lt. Harry Faversham
&
Fay Wray as Ethne Eustace
The Four Feathers
1929
Michael Caine as Peachy Carnehan
&
Sean  Connery as Daniel Dravot
The Man Who Would be King
1975
Edward Woodward as Lt. Harry "Breaker" Morant
Bryan Brown as Lt. Peter Handcock
Lewis Fitz-Gerald as Lt. George Witton
Breaker Morant
1980
Shirley Temple as
Priscilla 'Winkie' Williams
and
Victor McLaglen as
Sgt. Donald MacDuff
Wee Willie Winkie
1937
Winter in the Crimea
Victoria the Great
(60 Glorious Years)
1937
David Niven
as
Sir Arthur Robertson
55 Days at Peking
1963
Robert Newton
as
Private Bill Sykes
Soldiers Three
1951
Drummer William A. P. Quinnell
1 & 2 /East Surrey Regiment
Shanghai, China
c. 1939
This section showcases a remarkable
archive of 45 photographs taken from
a photoalbum once owned by William
Quinnell of the East Surrey Regiment
which recorded the 1938 filming of
Zoltan Korda’s classic production of
The Four Feathers. None of these
images have been published before to
the best of my knowledge.

William Alfred Philip Quinnell was
born at Aldershot on 14 November,
1918 being the son of Philip Jess
Quinnell an army pensioner and
grocery bar assistant and Margaret
Mildred Parkes.
Tyrone Power
as
Captain Alan King
King of the Khyber Rifles
1953
Ronald Lewis as
Lt. Peter Burroughs
&
Laurence Harvey
as Capt. John Durrance
Storm Over the Nile
1956
Jack Lambert as the Colonel
&
Laurence Harvey
as Capt. John Durrance
Storm Over the Nile
1956
Richard Todd
as
Sergeant Sam Hargis
The Hellions
1961
Val Kilmer
as
Col. John Patterson
The Ghost and the Darkness
1996
Robert Ryan
as
Inspector William Gannon
The Canadians
1961
Terrence Stamp
as
Sergeant Francis Troy  
Far From the Madding Crowd
1967
Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward,
John Mills and Peter O'Toole
Zulu Dawn
1979
Bob Hoskins
as
Colour Sergeant Williams
Zulu Dawn
1979
Ronald Colman
as
Dick Heldar
The Light that Failed
1939
"17th Lancers" Tunic
used in the filming of
The Light that Failed
1939
Khaki Highlanders Tunic
used in the filming of
Gunga Din
1939
"27th Lancers" Tunic
used in the filming of
The Charge of the Light Brigade
1936
Anthony Newley as
Corporal Stokes
&
Norman Woodland
as Major Crowley
The Bandit of Zhobe
1959
Ian Hunter
as
Captain Crewe
The Little Princess
1939
Group Cast Photograph
Conduct Unbecoming
1975
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
as
Sergeant Tommy Ballantine
Gunga Din
1939
Jude Law
as
Dr. John Watson
Sherlock Holmes
2009
Mick Jagger
as
Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly
1970
The term "Hollywood Raj" has traditionally been applied to that group of British actors who quietly invaded Hollywood during its golden age in the late 1920's and 1930's. It was personified by such stalwart greats as Basil Rathbone, David Niven, Donald
Crisp, Claude Rains, Ronald Coleman, C. Aubrey Smith (who was captain of the Hollywood Cricket Club) and Victor McLaglen.

Here the term will be used regardless of the actual nationality of the actors involved or whether the film in question was shot in Hollywood, Great Britain or on location somewhere in the wide expanses of the former British Empire.

In most cases these photographs will depict actors playing parts for which the actual events occurred long before they were born though in some instances - such as Victor McLagen  - actors who did indeed serve in Queen Victoria's forces before being
seconded to the very different world of the silver screen.
Theodor Von Eltz
as
Lt. Castleton
The Four Feathers
1929
Tyrone Power
as
Constable Duncan MacDonald
Pony Soldier
1952
Lionel Jeffries
as
Grandpa Potts
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
1968
Ben Cross
as
Ashton Pelham-Martyn
The Far Pavilions
1984
Other Ranks
5 Button Frock
The Four Feathers
2002
Brian Keith
as
Lt. Col. Alexander Bowen
The Rare Breed
1966
Robert Powell
as
Captain Jack Durrance
The Four Feathers
1977
Ronald Colman
as
the Great Indian Peninsular
Railway Official
Around the World in 80 Days
1956
The 1910's
Left: A sepia publicity photograph
depicting Montagu Love and an
unidentified actress in their roles from
a mid-1910s stage or film production,
possibly a play titled The Second in
Command. The photograph is by
White Studios of New York City.



8 Inch by 10 Inch
Sepia Publicity Photograph
White Studios
New York, New York
c. 1915
"...An artist before he was an actor."
are the words used by Marjorie Love the
widow of the late Montagu Love to
describe him in a 1946 letter to a fan of
the actor.

Probably best known to modern
audiences for roles such as that of
Colonel Weed in
Gunga Din or as the
traitorous Bishop of the Black Canons in
The Adventures of Robinhood, Love's film
acting career dated back to 1914 with his
stage career beginning in the very early
1900's. What is not so well known but
alluded to in Marjorie's letter is that prior
to acting Montagu Love made a living as
an artist of military subjects and always
considered this his true vocation with
acting a convenient, entertaining and
lively way of paying the bills.
Walter Pidgeon
as
Colonel Brunswick
Soldiers Three
1951
Peter Lawford
as
Capt. Dion Lenbridge /
Pvt. Harry Simms
Rogue's March
1953
Constable's Tunic
used in the filming of
North West Mounted Police
1940
24th Regiment "Other Ranks"
5 Button Frock
Zulu Dawn
1979
Sir Cedric Hardwicke
as
Sir Francis Commarty
Around the World in 80 Days
1956
Gert van den Bergh
as
Man #2
The Naked Prey
1966
Eric Idle
as
Wounded British Private
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
1983
Ramsay Hill
as
Major Parkhurst
Bwana Devil
1952