Bruce Seton – Fabian of the Yard

Who could forget this excellent BBC Television series in the mid 1950s – Bruce Seton was Fabian  in our eyes – such was the impact of the show.

I must admit I loved this series – particularly the Opening Sequence – when Bruce Seton as Fabian, sitting in the back seat of a speeding Humber Hawk said in a terse voice ‘This is Fabian – Of Scotland Yard’

Great stuff !!

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ABOVE – Bruce Seton as Fabian of Scotland Yard

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ABOVE – Bruce Seton in Scenes from an episode of  Fabian of Scotland Yard


However one piece of interesting information  has come to light – he re-married after a divorce within an hour

Now it appears the character actor from Edinburgh, who died in 1969, could hold the record for the shortest time between divorce and remarriage in Scotland.

Records of births, marriages and deaths, published online for the first time today, have uncovered the extraordinary love story of the dashing actor – and soldier – 1940 who married for a second time just an hour after being divorced in a Scottish court on St Valentine’s Day.

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Bruce Seton married his second wife, actress Antoinette Cellier – Picture above –  in a special ceremony in Edinburgh – having only an hour before been granted a divorce in the Court of Session from his first wife, Tamara Desni, an actress of Russian descent. According to the National Records of Scotland, this may be the shortest time ever between a divorce and remarriage in Scotland.

Bruce Seton and his wife Antoinette Cellier did have a daughter Lydia Antoinette Seton born in November 1941

For his Wartime Service Bruce Seton was awarded the US Medal of Freedom

He  was also one of the founder members of the Lord’s Taverners in 1950 – so obviously a cricket fan like me

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