It’s fairly safe to say that without Sir Michael Redgrave, we may never have had the joy of watching Stephen Boyd on the movie screen! Michael Redgrave basically discovered Stephen when the later was down and out in London trying to kick start his acting career. Stephen was asked to serve as an usher during the British Academy awards in the Leicester Square Theatre. During the ceremony, Michael noticed Stephen- undoubtedly looking handsome in his usher uniform – and asked him what he was doing up there as “certainly, he was a actor!” Stephen replied, “Yes, I am an actor”, but explained he had been unable to find work. Thanks to Michael Redgrave, Stephen was able to make some good connections with Theater Companies in London, and this eventually led to his successful movie career.
Redgrave would proudly observe Stephen’s rise to stardom. He even appeared on on the TV Program “This is Your Life” via a recorded message when the program featured Stephen as the main guest. The two actors would only appear on the big screen once together – in the spy film “Assignment K” in 1967. It is special to see the two of them together, and to think about that first moment they met back in the early 1950’s. All we can really say is – thank you Michael Redgrave!