John Gielgud


John Gielgud Trivia


  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Sir John was featured in a show by photographer Simon Annand. The pictures included in the exhibition are of the 30 minutes before an actor steps on the stage in theatres. The picture of Sir John Gielgud is for moments before his last ever stage performance at London's Apollo Theatre.

    • John co-wrote the book Acting Shakespeare, with John Miller.

    • John was made a Companion of Honour in 1977.

    • John was admitted to the Order of Merit in 1996.

    • John was arrested for "persistently importuning for immoral purposes" in 1953 for having sex with another man in a Chelsea mews.

    • John received PETA's (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Humanitarian of the Year Award twice, in 1994 and 1999.

    • John's mother was a Protestant and his father a Catholic. John was raised as a Protestant.

    • John was made a Knight of the Realm in 1953, in Queen Elizabeth II's first ever coronation honours list.

    • In 1994, The Globe Theatre in London was renamed the Gielgud Theatre in honour of John's contribution to British theatre.

    • John is only one of twelve people to have won an Academy Award, a Grammy, a Tony and a Primetime Emmy.

  • Quotes

    • John: Like all professions acting has terrible drawbacks. It can be fearfully boring, fearfully unglamorous...But what is fun about the theatre is that we get our prizes while we are alive to enjoy them. We have the pleasure of the audience's reaction, we have the applause, we have the publicity, we have the tribute and the honours and whatever it may be. Much more than we probably deserve.