Biography

Ivor Novello (born David Ivor Davies) was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century, on both screen and stage.

He was born into a musical Cardiff family and his mother, Clara Novello Davies, was an internationally known singing teacher and choral conductor. As a child, Novello was a successful singer in various eisteddfodau throughout the country. He was educated privately in Cardiff and then in Gloucester and later won a scholarship to Magdalen College School in Oxford.

The family moved to London in 1913 and here Novello's career flourished. In 1914, at the start of World War II, he wrote the words to his most popular song, "Keep the Home Fires Burning".

Novello lived in a flat above the Strand Theatre, where he remained until his death in 1951.

Since 1955 the internationally prestigious The Ivor Novello Awards ("The Ivors") for songwriting and composing are annually awarded by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

Ivor Novello (born David Ivor Davies) was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century, on both screen and stage.

He was born into a musical Cardiff family and his mother, Clara Novello Davies, was an internationally known singing teacher and choral conductor. As a child, Novello was a successful singer in various eisteddfodau throughout the country. He was educated privately in Cardiff and then in Gloucester and later won a scholarship to Magdalen College School in Oxford.

The family moved to London in 1913 and here Novello's career flourished. In 1914, at the start of World War II, he wrote the words to his most popular song, "Keep the Home Fires Burning".

Novello lived in a flat above the Strand Theatre, where he remained until his death in 1951.

Since 1955 the internationally prestigious The Ivor Novello Awards ("The Ivors") for songwriting and composing are annually awarded by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 23

Birthday 1893-01-15

Day of Death 1951-03-06

Place of Birth Cardiff, Wales, UK

Official Site http://www.ivornovello.com/

Also Known As

  • David Ivor Davies

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1934 Autumn Crocus as Andreas Steiner
1933 I Lived with You as Prince Felix Lenieff
1933 Sleeping Car as Gaston
1932 The Phantom Fiend as Michel Angeloff
1931 Once a Lady as Bennett Cloud
1930 Symphony in Two Flats as David Kennard
1929 The Return of the Rat as Pierre Boucheron
1928 Der fesche Husar as Lieutenant Stephen Alrik / Feri von Noszty
1928 The Vortex as Nicky Lancaster
1928 The Constant Nymph as Lewis Dodd
1927 Downhill as Roddy Berwick
1927 The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog as The Lodger
1926 The Triumph of the Rat as Pierre Boucheron, 'the Rat'
1925 The Rat as Pierre Boucheron
1923 The Man Without Desire as Count Vittorio Dandolo
1923 Bonnie Prince Charlie as Prince Charles Stuart
1923 The White Rose as Joseph
1922 The Bohemian Girl as Thaddeus

Writing

1955 King's Rhapsody Writer
1950 The Dancing Years Theatre Play
1941 Free and Easy Theatre Play
1937 Glamorous Night Writer
1933 I Lived with You Theatre Play
1932 But the Flesh is Weak Theatre Play Writer
1930 Symphony in Two Flats Theatre Play
1927 Downhill Screenplay
1925 The Rat Writer

Production

1923 The Man Without Desire Producer

Sound

1923 Bonnie Prince Charlie Music

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