Born in Birmingham in 1904, Huntley was often cast as a superior official or other authority figure, and his many film appearances included 'The Way Ahead',' I See a Dark Stranger', 'Passport to Pimlico' and 'The Dam Busters'.
Huntley has been credited as the first actor to portray Count Dracula, making his first professional appearance with the Birmingham Repertory at age 18.
In 1927, Huntley played the title character in the original London production of Dracula, it is widely reported that he tested for the film version, but lost out to Bela Lugosi , but in fact this is an untruth, Huntley was first to play the role in Hamilton Deane's stage adaptation, later revised by John L. Balderston and now the most successful stage version of Bram Stoker's novel. The very first stage performance of Dracula occurred in 1897, shortly after the novel was published; Stoker himself mounted a one-off dramatization of the novel at Sir Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre in London, where Stoker was manager.
In Huntley's later years, he became well known on television as Sir Geoffrey Dillon, the family solicitor to the Bellamys at 165 Eaton Place in LWT's popular 1970s period drama series Upstairs, Downstairs.
He was also a regular Judge on Granada'a Daytime legal Drama 'Crown Court'. In addition he also played Emmanuel Holroyd in the 1973 British TV comedy series' That's Your Funeral'
Huntley died in the Westminster Hospital, London in 1990