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Christopher Challis (1919–2012)

Christopher Challis was born on March 18, 1919 in London, England as Christopher George Joseph Challis. He is known for his work on Arabesque (1966), The Red Shoes (1948) and The Deep (1977). He was married to Sylvia "Peggy" Mossman. He died on May 31, 2012 in Bristol, England. See full bio »


(age 93) in Bristol, England, UK

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Arabesque Cinematographer
The Red Shoes Camera and Electrical Department
The Deep Cinematographer
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Cinematographer


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 1985 Steaming (director of photography)
 1984 Top Secret!
 1983 Secrets
 1982 The Nativity (TV Movie documentary)
 1982 Evil Under the Sun (director of photography)
 1981 Greatest Mystery (TV Movie documentary)
 1980 The Mirror Crack'd (director of photography)
 1979 S.O.S. Titanic (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1979 The Riddle of the Sands (director of photography)
 1978 Force 10 from Navarone (director of photography)
 1977 The Deep (director of photography)
 1976 The Incredible Sarah (director of photography)
 1975 Mr. Quilp
 1975 In This House of Brede (TV Movie) (director of photography - as Chris Challis)
 1972 A War of Children (TV Movie)
 1972 The Boy Who Turned Yellow (director of photography)
 1971 Mary, Queen of Scots (director of photography)
 1971 Villain (director of photography)
 1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (director of photography)
 1969 Staircase (director of photography)
 1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (director of photography)
 1967 Two for the Road (director of photography)
 1966 Kaleidoscope
 1966 Arabesque
 1964 A Shot in the Dark (director of photography)
 1964 The Long Ships (director of photography)
 1963 The Victors (director of photography)
 1963 An Evening with the Royal Ballet (Documentary) (segment "Les Sylphides")
 1962 Damn the Defiant! (director of photography)
 1960 The Grass Is Greener (director of photography)
 1960 Surprise Package (director of photography)
 1960 Never Let Go (photographed by)
 1960 Sink the Bismarck ! (director of photography)
 1959 Chance Meeting (photographed by)
 1959 The Captain's Table (director of photography)
 1958 Floods of Fear (director of photography)
 1958 Rooney (director of photography)
 1957 Windom's Way (director of photography)
 1957 Miracle in Soho (director of photography)
 1957 Night Ambush (director of photography)
 1956 The Spanish Gardener (director of photography)
 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee (director of photography)
 1955 The Adventures of Quentin Durward (director of photography)
 1955 Footsteps in the Fog (director of photography)
 1955 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Short)
 1954 Malaga
 1953 Saadia
 1953 Genevieve (director of photography)
 1952 The Wild Heart (as Chris Challis, photographed by)
 1952 Angels One Five (director of photography)
 1950 Gone to Earth
 1949 Hour of Glory
 1947 The End of the River (as Christopher G. Challis)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Autobiography "Are They Really So Awful ?" London: Janus, 1995. ISBN 1857561937 See more »

Alternate Names:

Christopher G. Challis | Chris Challis

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Second cousin of British silent film writer, editor and director Challis Sanderson. See more »

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