Norman Mitchell - The book

An Actor’s Life For Me by Norman Mitchell with Paul Laffan (Sims Publications ISBN 09543555-0-4) and foreword by Sir Donald Sinden CBE, will
be of interest to actors young and old and anyone involved with the theatre,
so order your copy now from

An Actor's Life for Me tells the story of one man's gritty determination to become an actor, against all odds. When he was just 18, he threw in studying medicine, to walk 168 miles from Sheffield to London and batter on the gates of Elstree studios, demanding to be taken on as an actor. It was the beginning of a career, which would result in nearly 200 film appearances, 500 radio broadcasts, and an estimated 2,000 appearances on TV.
When Mitchell thought he had landed on the first rung of his acting career as assistant stage manager in Sheffield, Hitler invaded Poland. He spent over six years in active service in the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War 2, including a spell attached to the Desert Rats, in various capacities from mortician, operating room assistant, clerk to stretcher-bearer.

During his career, Mitchell worked with directors as diverse as Peter Brook, Otto Preminger, Stanley Kubrick, Ken Russell and Michael Winner, and acted alongside Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Richard Harris, Oliver Reed, Robert Shaw, Robert Mitchum, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tony Hancock, Morecombe and Wise and many others. Mitchell became known as the hardest working actor in the business.

Sadly, he passed away on March 19, 2001, just three weeks after the death of his son Christopher, also an actor, who starred in BBC TV's It Ain't Half, Hot Mum.