Born in London, Anthony Steel had a distinguished army career before being signed by J. Arthur Rank. He became a local star in the prisoner-of-war film, The Wooden Horse, which suited his conventional, square-jawed good looks and military manner, as did his later successes, Albert RN and Storm Over the Nile.
But Steel's career faltered after he married (1956–1959) the second of his three wives, the actress Anita Ekberg, and moved to Hollywood.
He returned to England, but was unable to regain his former popularity; he settled for a time in Rome to appear in forgettable European movies. His later English appearances were in sex films of minimal interest, and he was occasionally seen in TV dramas.
During the Sudan campaign of the 1890s, a stay-at-home receives four white feathers as a symbol of cowardice; but he goes undercover, becomes a hero, and rescues his best friend. Colour remake of the 1929 version.