Timothy Dalton played the part of 'Boy Capel' in the film Chanel Solitaire


Date of birth 21st March 1944

Place of Birth Colwyn Bay, Wales, UK

Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)


Timothy was born on 21st March, 1944 in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, where his father was stationed during WWII, and is the oldest of five children. Although born in Wales, he is quick to point out that he is mixture of Italian, Irish and English.  In the late forties, the family moved to Belper, Derbyshire.  Timothy was enrolled in school for bright children where he excelled in sports and was interested in the sciences. He was interested in acting from a young age, perhaps due to the fact that both his grandfathers were vaudevillians, but it was when he saw a performance of Macbeth at the age of 16, he new he wanted to act.  After leaving school,  he toured as a leading member of Michael Croft's National Youth Theatre. Between 1964-66, he studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Just before completing his two years, he quit and joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Timothy's good looks and acting talent soon got him good parts in TV programmes/series.  It was in the early 70's he was approached and tested for James Bond in the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but he turned it down feeling he was too young for the part.

Timothy was now playing  royalty and historical parts in many films, it was now the early 80's, and he was in the small film Chanel Solitaire (1981),  with Rutger Hauer.  In 1983, he was again asked to play the part of James Bond, but due to other work he was unable to accept.  In 1986, although  Pierce Brosnan, was offered the James Bond role, he had to turn it down, this time Timothy was able to accept.  Although his first film in the role, The Living Daylights (1987) did reasonably well at the box-office, Licence to Kill (1989) suffered from a lack of marketing which appeared to harm its chances of big box-office success. However, Dalton's interpretation of Bond, in Licence to Kill received critical acclaim in some quarters as being the closest interpretation to Fleming's literary Bond.

Timothy likes his privacy, and enjoys fishing, reading, jazz, opera, antique fairs and auctions and of course, movies.