Laurence Olivier was Churchill's secret agent
But in reality he was working as a secret agent to persuade influential Americans to support Britain. A biography reveals that in 1940 he was enlisted into the Special Operations Executive by film producer Alexander Korda.
Michael Munn, author of Lord Larry: A Personal Portrait Of Laurence Olivier, said: "Churchill recruited Alexander Korda to set up offices in America which were a front for the Special Operations Executive and MI5. Korda then recruited Olivier."
He said Noel Coward told him: "It was down to Alexander Korda to tell Larry that Winston Churchill was not asking but telling him that his country expected him to do his duty."
David Niven told Munn: "If German agents realised, they would have gone after him."
Olivier returned to Britain in 1941 and joined the Fleet Air Arm, completing 456 flying hours.
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