Basil Rathbone Actor with Welsh connection!
Most famous for Sherlock Holmes
Connection: Misnomer, The only Welsh connection seems to be on his wife's side.
Sorry to disillusion you! Basil Rathbone did not come from Newport. He was born in Rhodesia, South Africa. However, his first wife did come from Newport (then in Monmouthshire) and after their divorce she spent some years running the local amateur dramatic society, Newport Playgoers.
He was actually born in Johannesburg.
Basil Rathbone was born in South Africa.
Actually born in South Africa, perhaps his father, a mining engineer was Welsh?
Basil Rathbone was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1892.
I once (1979 ish) owned an Austin Allegro car that had previously been owned by a Miss Rathbone who was a teacher in the Newport area, I was advised at the time that this was an aunt or cousin of Basil Rathbone . It was also confirmed to me at the time that Basil Rathbone had definate and direct connections with Newport. The information came from a very reliable source and I have no reason to doubt it.