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John and Roy Boulting

John and Roy Boulting
Roy (left) and John (right) Boulting, 1952

John Edward Boulting
(1913-11-21)21 November 1913
Bray, Berkshire, England

Roy Alfred Clarence Boulting
(1913-11-21)21 November 1913
Bray, Berkshire, England

17 June 1985(1985-06-17) (aged 71)
Sunningdale, Berkshire, England

5 November 2001(2001-11-05) (aged 87)
Eynsham, Oxfordshire, England

Anne Boulting (?–1985)

Angelina Warnock (1936–1941)
Jean Capon (1942–1951)
Enid Munnik (1951–1968)
Hayley Mills (1971–1976)
Sandra Spencer (1978–1984)

John Edward Boulting (21 November 1913 – 17 June 1985) and Roy Alfred Clarence Boulting (21 November 1913 – 5 November 2001), known collectively as the Boulting brothers, were English filmmakers and identical twins who became known for their popular series of satirical comedies in the 1950s and 1960s. They produced many of their films through their own production company, Charter Film Productions, which they set up in 1937.[1]


The twin brothers were born in Bray, Berkshire, England, on 21 November 1913, to Arthur Boulting and Rose Bennet. They worked together as producer and director whenever they could, and often alternated these duties depending on the nature of the film they were working on, although they also made films separately. The two worked as screenwriters on their own films.

They began with serious, tight, economical drama films such as Seven Days to Noon (1950) and Graham Greene's Brighton Rock (1947), both with Roy producing and John directing. They then became known for a series of satirical comedy films, such as Private's Progress (1956), Lucky Jim (1957) and I'm All Right Jack (1959). John Boulting contributed as co-writer for the films. The Boultings used the same actors in a lot of their films, including Ian Carmichael, Richard Attenborough, Terry-Thomas, Dennis Price, John Le Mesurier, Irene Handl and Miles Malleson.

I'm All Right Jack featured Peter Sellers and as a result, boosted his film career, winning him a BAFTA Best Actor Award. Sellers later appeared The Family Way (1966) about a young married couple and their down-to-earth family. In the 1980s, Roy Boulting directed the Miss Marple mysteries for the BBC.

John and his wife South African-born wife Anne had two daughters: model, actress and yoga instructor Ingrid Boulting, and her younger sister Lucy Boulting Hill, who is a successful casting director.

In 1971, Roy married Hayley Mills whom he met on the set of The Family Way, and they had a son, Crispian Mills. They divorced in 1977.

John died on 17 June 1985 in Sunningdale, Berkshire, and Roy on 5 November 2001.

Their elder brother Sydney Boulting became an actor and stage producer as Peter Cotes; he was the original director of The Mousetrap.


Films directed jointly

Films directed by John

Films directed by Roy


  • Burton Alan, O'Sullivan Tim, Wells Paul; Eds. 2000. The Family Way: The Boulting Brothers and British Film Culture. Trowbridge: Flicks Books. ISBN 0-948911-59-X

External links

  • Screenonline
  • Screenonline
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Internet Movie Database
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