Ronnie Wilson, BA’50

Ronnie Wilson, director of classic television series such as The Pallisers, To Serve Them All My Days, The Mill on the Floss and How Green Was My Valley, died aged 84. While at UBC, he immersed himself in The Players Club, directing, painting sets and taking leading roles in many productions. When he was 22, he went to London and for 12 years worked as an actor on stage and in radio, television and film, appearing in The World of Suzy Wong, The Dambusters and The Avengers. In 1959 his agent sent him and a young actress, Gay Cameron, to audition for a stage production of Fool’s Paradise – they married in 1964. That same year, Ronnie received a grant from the Arts Council enabling him to begin his career as a director. He went on to direct many successful television productions over the next 20 years. He was a BAFTA and Emmy finalist and winner of the Broadcasting Press Award for To Serve Them All My Days. For 20 years he taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was well loved by his many students. Ronnie died of a heart attack while swimming in the sea off Milford, in Hampshire. He is survived by his wife, Gay; his children, Charlie and Fanny; and two grandsons.

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