Basil William Hoskins was an English actor. Hoskins, a native of Edmonton, London, was educated at the Edmonton County School.
Born: June 10, 1929, Edmonton, London, United Kingdom
Died: January 17, 2005, London, United Kingdom
Education: Edmonton County School
Lived: Church Farm Oast, Church Lane, Robertsbridge
Buried: St Mary the Virgin, Church Lane, Salehurst, East Sussex, TN32 5PH
Buried alongside: Harry Andrews
Basil Hoskins was an English actor. Hoskins was the long-term romantic partner of fellow English actor Harry Andrews. Andrews was a gentle soul and intensely private, living with his long-time partner in Salehurst, near Robertsbridge, in East Sussex. Hoskins best-known films are Ice-Cold in Alex (1958) and North West Frontier (1959). On television, he played the part of Number 14 on The Prisoner television series (episode Hammer into Anvil). Andrews’ performance as Sergeant Major Wilson in The Hill alongside Sean Connery earned him the 1965 National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for the 1966 BAFTA Award for Best British Actor. He made his film debut in The Red Beret in 1953. Andrews died at the age of 77 on March 6, 1989, at his home in Salehurst, leaving behind Hoskins. Basil is buried next to Harry in the churchyard of St. Mary's at Salehurst.
Together from (before) 1960 to 1989: 29 years.
Basil William Hoskins (June 10, 1929 – January 17, 2005)
Henry “Harry” Fleetwood Andrews, CBE (November 10, 1911 – March 6, 1989)
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Harry Andrews was a gentle soul and intensely private, living with his long-time partner, Basil Hoskins, in Salehurst, near Robertsbridge, in East Sussex.
Address: Church Lane, Salehurst, East Sussex TN32 5PH, UK (50.99101, 0.49115)
Type: Religious Building (open to public)
Phone: +44 1580 880408
English Heritage Building ID: 412912 (Grade I, 1961)
The parish church of Salehurst is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. It is reputed to be the largest rural parish church in East Sussex. Rev. John Lord (1614–81) was rector from 1640 until his death. In 1937 his descendants donated to the church a portrait of him which had been owned by the family for generations. Salehurst is a village in the Rother District of East Sussex, within the civil parish of Salehurst and Robertsbridge. It lies immediately to the north-east of the larger village of Robertsbridge, on a minor road; it is approximately thirteen miles (20.8 km) north of Hastings, just east of the A21 road. In historical terms Salehurst is much older than its neighbour; before the bridge over the River Rother was built it already existed, and it is named in the Domesday Book. At the time the river crossing was by ford or ferry, but in the XII century a newly established order of Cistercian monks constructed the bridge, and the two settlements of Robertsbridge and Northbridge Street came into being; eventually - since the main road now bypassed the village - becoming much more important than Salehurst. Salehurst lies approximately three miles from Bodiam, Sussex, site of Bodiam Castle (Bodiam, Robertsbridge TN32 5UA). One owner of Bodiam Castle was the Levett family, who lived at Salehurst during their “occupation” of the castle. In 1588 John Levett of Salehurst contributed to the Armada loan, and in 1607 his sons John and Thomas of Salehurst were regranted by the College of Arms their right to the Levett coat of arms issued to their Sussex ancestors.
Who: Basil William Hoskins (10 June 1929 – 17 January 2005) & Harry Fleetwood Andrews, CBE (10 November 1911 – 6 March 1989)
Harry Andrews was a film actor, known for his frequent portrayals of tough military officers. His performance as Sergeant Major Wilson in “The Hill” alongside Sean Connery earned Andrews the 1965 National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for the 1966 BAFTA Award for Best British Actor. He made his film debut in “The Red Beret” in 1953. Basil Hoskins’s best-known films are “Ice Cold in Alex” (1958) and “North West Frontier” (1959.) On television, he played the part of Number 14 on The Prisoner television series (episode "Hammer Into Anvil.”) Andrews died at the age of 77 on 6 March 1989, at his home, Church Farm Oast (Church Ln, Robertsbridge TN32 5PB), leaving behind his long-term friend and partner Basil Hoskins. Hoskins died in 2005. They are buried side by side at St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Salehurst, Rother District. East Sussex.
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