Giles Watling

Giles Watling
Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Member of Parliament
for Clacton
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded by Douglas Carswell
Majority 15,828 (35.8%)
Personal details
Born Giles Francis Watling[1]
(1953-02-18) 18 February 1953
Chingford, Essex, England
Political party Conservative [2]
Vanda Brinkworth (m. 1979)
Children 2
Mother Patricia Hicks
Father Jack Watling
Education Forest School
Occupation Actor, Politician

Giles Francis Watling (born 18 February 1953) is an English actor and Conservative politician. He has been the Member of Parliament for Clacton since 8 June 2017.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] He has also directed several UK touring theatre productions.[6]

He is a Conservative councillor on Tendring District Council for Frinton ward, having been first elected in the United Kingdom local elections, 2007.[7] 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.[5][8][9] He lost the by-election and the 2015 general election, but was elected in the 2017 general election.


Year Title Role Notes
1964CrossroadsLarry1 episode
1965Gideon's WayMalcolm Gideon8 episodes
1974Upstairs, Downstairs2nd Lt. James Marriott1 episode
1978You're Only Young TwicePC Henry1 episode
1979The Human FactorColin
1979-1980How's Your Father?Martin Matthews13 episodes
1980Keep It in the FamilyYoung man1 episode
1984No Place Like HomeMaurice1 episode
1988-1991BreadOswald49 episodes
1992'Allo 'Allo!Major Twistleton-Smythe1 episode
1997MelissaGangster at Airport1 episode
1999Grange HillMr. Radcliffe1 episode
2001The Tutankhamun ConspiracyHoward CarterTV movie
2012Run for Your WifeMan in PubFeature film


  1. "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11782.
  2. Rowena Mason, political correspondent (11 September 2014). "Conservatives select former 1980s television star to fight Ukip in Clacton". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  3. Parliament UK
  4. "Watling, Giles Francis, (born 18 Feb. 1953), MP (C) Clacton, since 2017". Who's Who. 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.289481.
  5. 1 2 "Two Conservative councillors to fight Clacton primary". BBC News. 10 September 2014.
  6. "Clacton: Bread's Giles Watling to stand for Conservatives". BBC News. 10 September 2014.
  7. "Councillor Watling G F". Tendring District Council. 3 May 2007. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  8. 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.
  9. "Two candidates shortlisted for the Clacton by-election". 10 September 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Douglas Carswell
Member of Parliament for Clacton

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