Lionel Jeffries Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 13 Aug, 2019
Facts of Lionel Jeffries
Date of Birth: 1926 , June-10
Date of Death: 2010 , February-19
Age: 95 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name Lionel Jeffries
Birth Name Lionel Charles Jeffries
Nick Name Lionel
Nationality British
Birth Place/City Forest Hill, London, England
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor, Director, and Screenwriter
Net Worth $1.3 million
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color White
Face Color White
Famous for The Railway Children
Married Eileen Mary Walsh
Children Ty, Elizabeth and Martha Jeffries
Education Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
Movies Stage Fright, The Railway Children, and First Men in the Moon
TV Show Cream in my Coffee
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Lionel Jeffries was an English director, screenwriter, and actor, known for his role as King Pellinore in the movie Camelot. He is also popular for his appearances on the movies like Baxton, The Railway Children, and The Amazing Mr. Blunden.

Early Life and Education

Lionel Charles Jeffries was born as ‎Lionel Charles Jeffries on June 10, 1926, in Forest Hill, London, England. His parents were social workers in the Protestant Christian church named the Salvation Army.

CAPTION: Lionel Jeffries SOURCE: IMDb

Jeffries didn't have any siblings. Lionel Jeffries went to the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wimborne Minster, Dorset.

Due to World War II, Jeffries’ education was interrupted, and he served at Rangoon radio station in Burma and was later awarded the Burma Star. Jeffries also served as a captain in the Royal West African Frontier Force.

After the war, Lionel resumed his studies and started training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Lionel Jeffries‘s Career

Jeffries began his career in a repertory theater at David Garrick Theater that later earned him several television roles in British TV plays.

Lionel built his image around the comedic role and often played older characters due to being bald at a young age. He gained popularity in the 1960s after being cast as the lead actor in several movies such as Two-Way Stretch, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, First Men in the Moon and Camelot.

CAPTION: Lionel Jeffries shooting for a movie. SOURCE: Movie

Besides acting, Jeffries wrote and directed kids' films like The Railway Children and The Amazing Mr. Blunden. His last onscreen appearance was in the movie Heaven on Earth in 1998.

Jeffries worked with many celebrities including Jeremy Irons, Anthony Hopkins, and Robbie Coltrane officially retired from acting in 2001 due to health issues.

Lionel Jeffries’s Net Worth

Lionel Jeffries had many credits to his name, for which he was also paid quite generously.

Jeffries’ movie, Chitty Chatty Bang Bang earned an impressive $7.5 million in the box office. It is still popular among his fans and is available on streaming platforms like Netflix.

Through his contributions to the cinematic universe, the man of all seasons, Lionel Jeffries had an estimated net worth of $1.3 million at the time of his death.

Personal Life: Marriage, Children, Death

Lionel Jeffries was married to actress Eileen Mary Walsh since June 30, 1951. They were married for almost six decades remained happily together until Jeffries death in 2010.

They had three children together. Their son Ty Jeffries is also an actor and a music artist and daughters Elizabeth Jeffries and Martha Jeffries are also in the film industry.


Lionel Jeffries died on February 19, 2010, in a nursing home in Poole, Dorset. The cause of his death has not been released, however, he was suffering from vascular dementia for twelve years until his death.

Other Facts

  • Lionel Jeffries died at the age of 83 on February 19, 2010.
  • Jeffries lost his hair within a week while serving in Burma during World War II because of the humidity there.
  • Jeffries was just 19 years old when he lost all his hairs.
  • Jeffries is survived by his wife and three children.