Heron Carvic

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Heron Carvic
Geoffrey Rupert William Harris

21 January 1913
Marylebone, London, England
Died9 February 1980(1980-02-09) (aged 67)
Upton, Appledore, Kent, England
Years active1934-1964
Spouse(s)Phyllis Neilson-Terry (m. 1958-1977; her death)

Heron Carvic (born Geoffrey Rupert William Harris, 21 January 1913 – 9 February 1980) was an English actor and writer who provided the voice for Gandalf in the BBC Radio version of The Hobbit, and played Caiaphas the High Priest every time the play cycle The Man Born to Be King was broadcast[1].

As a writer he created the characters and wrote the first five books featuring retired art teacher Miss Emily D. Seeton[2], a gentle parody of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple[3]. These were made available as eBooks in 2016[4].

Ten years after Carvic's death, his books were re-issued in the U.S.A. and proved sufficiently popular for his Estate to commission further Miss Seeton stories from two other writers using pseudonyms with "HC" initials. Roy Peter Martin as "Hampton Charles" wrote three novels, which were all released in 1990. Sarah J. Mason, writing as "Hamilton Crane", then took up the series[5].

Early life[edit]

He ran away from Eton, and his father, to travel to France to earn a living for himself, and took his stage name as it derived from his grandmother but would "spare the sensibilities of his outraged family".[6] He met Phyllis Neilson-Terry when he was 23 (she was 20 years older),[7] but they did not marry until 1958, when the register of marriages in July, August and September[8] lists Phyllis J King marrying both Heron Carvic and Geoffrey Harris.



  • Picture Miss Seeton (1968)
  • Miss Seeton Draws the Line (1969)
  • Miss Seeton, Bewitched (1971) (US Title: Witch Miss Seeton)
  • Miss Seeton Sings (1973)
  • Odds on Miss Seeton (1975)


  1. ^ http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?adv=0&q=Heron+Carvic
  2. ^ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/225602.Heron_Carvic
  3. ^ Freeling, Nicolas; Woolrich, Cornell (September 2010). The Mystery Fancier (Vol. 8 No. 6) November-December 1986. ISBN 9781434406477.
  4. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Picture-Miss-Seeton-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B075738JZ3
  5. ^ https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/heron-carvic
  6. ^ Steen, Marguerite (1969). A Pride of Terrys. Longmans. p. 370.
  7. ^ Steen, Marguerite (1969). A Pride of Terrys. Longmans. p. 369.
  8. ^ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl

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