A former actor, Bryan Drew, established an agency in Shaftesbury Avenue, London, in 1964 and represented a wide range of famous names, among them, Brian Blessed, Diana Coupland, Margaret Courtenay, Liza Goddard, Bernard Hepton, Pat Phoenix,
Drew was born in the Indian city of Bangalore, but, after Britain granted India its independence in 1947, he and his family moved back to Britain. He acquired his taste for acting in productions of school plays. He studied at RADA and then joined rep companies in Colchester and Sheffield. But he was clever enough to appreciate that he was not cut out to be an actor and so, after working for the casting director, Mary Selway, for a time, he joined an agency as one of its juniors. Then, he managed to raise the capital to buy the Mary Harris agency.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Bryan Drew Ltd was the leading voice-over agency in London. He was still working at the time of his death, negotiating deals with Poland and Turkey on behalf of his client, Eric Chappell, the comedy writer, noted for, among other shows, the Leonard Rossiter sitcom, Rising Damp, and Only When I Laugh, with James Bolam and Peter Bowles.
Drew’s friends knew him as something of a bon viveur. Certainly, he was a regular customer at Harrod’s food hall.
Bryan Drew, who was born on June 9, 1928, died in London on September 9 at the age of 83. He is survived by his three wives and his children, Simon, Belinda and Rebecca.
Richard Anthony Baker
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