Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
|Member of Parliament|
Assumed office |
9 June 2017
|Preceded by||Douglas Carswell|
Giles Francis Watling|
18 February 1953
Chingford, Essex, England
Vanda Brinkworth (m. 1979)
Early life and education
Born in Chingford to actor Jack Stanley Watling and actress Patricia (née Hicks), Watling was educated at Forest School in Walthamstow. He is the younger brother of actresses Dilys Watling and Deborah Watling. Watling is the direct descendant of the 19th century antiquarian/artist Hamlet Watling.
Watling has worked extensively in the British theatre and television, but is probably best known for the role of the vicar Oswald in Carla Lane's Bread. He has also directed several UK touring theatre productions.
He is a Conservative councillor on Tendring District Council for Frinton ward, having been first elected in the United Kingdom local elections, 2007. On 10 September 2014, he was shortlisted in the Conservative's Clacton open primary to decide the party's candidate against Douglas Carswell in the Clacton by-election and was adopted following a public meeting on 11 September 2014. He lost the by-election and the 2015 general election, but was elected in the 2017 general election.
|1965||Gideon's Way||Malcolm Gideon||8 episodes|
|1974||Upstairs, Downstairs||2nd Lt. James Marriott||1 episode|
|1978||You're Only Young Twice||PC Henry||1 episode|
|1979||The Human Factor||Colin|
|1979-1980||How's Your Father?||Martin Matthews||13 episodes|
|1980||Keep It in the Family||Young man||1 episode|
|1984||No Place Like Home||Maurice||1 episode|
|1992||'Allo 'Allo!||Major Twistleton-Smythe||1 episode|
|1997||Melissa||Gangster at Airport||1 episode|
|1999||Grange Hill||Mr. Radcliffe||1 episode|
|2001||The Tutankhamun Conspiracy||Howard Carter||TV movie|
|2012||Run for Your Wife||Man in Pub||Feature film|
- "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11782.
- Rowena Mason, political correspondent (11 September 2014). "Conservatives select former 1980s television star to fight Ukip in Clacton". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- Parliament UK
- "Watling, Giles Francis, (born 18 Feb. 1953), MP (C) Clacton, since 2017". Who's Who. 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.289481.
- "Two Conservative councillors to fight Clacton primary". BBC News. 10 September 2014.
- "Clacton: Bread's Giles Watling to stand for Conservatives". BBC News. 10 September 2014.
- "Councillor Watling G F". Tendring District Council. 3 May 2007. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- James Dwan (10 September 2014). "TORY 'open primary' candidates for Clacton by-election are Frinton actor Giles Watling and Colchester councillor Sue Lissimore". Clacton & Frinton Gazette. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- "Two candidates shortlisted for the Clacton by-election". Conservativehome.com. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Giles Watling.|
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Giles Watling on IMDb
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