was born in London on January 29th 1934. His father was Rex
Harrison and his mother, the first of six Mrs. Rex Harrisons,
was Collette Thomas. They divorced in 1940. During the war
Noel lived by the wild north Atlantic in Bude, North Cornwall,
with his mother’s parents.
He went to private schools until he was fifteen, after which
his mother took him to live in the Swiss Alps and he never
went to school again. He went ski-racing instead and was British
champion in 1953.