He was created a Knight Bachelor in the 1959 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama; this was during an era when a formal honour for somebody in the entertainment business was much more of a rarity than it is currently.
He appeared in dozens of films and TV productions during his long career, many of them considered classics by film fans the world over. Most notably, The Browning Version in 1951, The Dambusters 1955 and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner in 1962 – all three are listed amongst the actors own favourites. Other notable films include The Stars Look Down 1940, Kipps 1941, Thunder Rock 1942, Way to The Stars 1945, Captive Heart 1946, The Importance of Being Earnest 1952, 1984 in 1956, Innocents 1961, Heroes of Telemark 1965, Oh What A Lovely War 1969 and Goodbye Mr Chips 1969
In 1938, he co-starred with Margaret Lockwood in Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes where he played the part of Gilbert (first photo) against Lockwood’s Iris. This film was the first time that the Charters and Caldicott characters were seen on film – played by Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne. He played alongside these two actors in Dead of Night in 1945. Redgrave played the part of Maxwell Frere the Ventriloquist (second photo) while Radford and Wayne played the parts of Parratt and Potter in the golfing segment of this horror anthology from Ealing Studios.