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(pron. a-DAHR-ay) played Lucy in the play The
Banana Box and in the TV episode For
The Man Who Has Everything.
Born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
on 3rd June 1949, of Sierra Leonian descent. She trained at the Guildhall
School of Acting and Drama. She is best remembered on TV for playing Elizabeth
in the children's science fiction series The Tomorrow People, and Maggie
in sitcom Father, Dear Father.
Neville Aurelius played Philip Smith in the Leicester performances of the play The Banana Box.
Neville arrived in England
in 1952. After a spell in the RAF, he joined the London Negro Theatre Workshop.
He appeared in numerous theatre performances during the 1960s and 70s,
as well as TV appearances in Softly, Softly and Jason King. He toured Europe
with a theatre group, and appeared on Broadway in New York, where he now
Roy Barraclough played the Barman in the TV episode Pink Carnations.
Born in Preston on 12th July
1935. Roy spent eight years as a draughtsman in an engineering company
while acting in his spare time until he decided his hobby was what he wanted
to do full time. He became the entertainment manager at an Isle Of Wight
holiday camp and then joined Huddersfield Rep., then subsequently toured
the country. As was the natural progression in the late 1960s, Roy transferred
to television, and when he met with Lancashire comedian and New Faces winner
Les Dawson, a lifelong partnership was launched. He appeared in many of
Les' series, including Sez Les, and their hilarious gossipping housewives
routine Cissie and Ada became firm favourites with the British viewing
public. He is also well remembered on TV as Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street,
eventual husband of brassy barmaid Bet Lynch and owner of the Rover's Return.
He actually holds the record for playing the most number of characters
in 'The Street'!
Ann Beach played Mrs. Brent in the TV episode That's My Boy.
Born in Wolverhampton on
7th June 1938. A natural singer, she was first to be heard on radio with
the BBC Welsh Orchestra. She later joined RADA, then Joan Littlewood's
Theatre Workshop and won bit parts in many sitcoms, including Steptoe And
Son, Only When I Laugh, The Rag Trade and most notably as Julia McKenzie
and Anton Rodgers' nosey neighbour Sonia Barratt in Fresh Fields. She was
also to be seen in children's show Rainbow occasionally, and narrated the
Fred Bassett cartoons for the BBC. Ann lists her hobbies as travel, art
and music. She is married to Francis Coleman and is the mother of actress
daughter Lisa Coleman (Casualty, Bottom). On 14th November 2001, Ann visited
the flat of her other actress daughter Charlotte Coleman (Four Weddings
And A Funeral, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit), who had not replied to
her mother's calls. She found her daughter dead in bed. She had suffered
a massive asthma attack. Her inhaler was found on the kitchen table. Charlotte
Coleman was 33 years old.
Norman Bird played the Vicar in the TV episode Things That Go Bump In The Night.
Born in Coalville, Leicestershire
on 30th October 1924. A familiar bit-part actor on screen during the 1970s
and 80s, Norman's long list of credits include Ever Decreasing Circles,
Yes Minister, To Serve Them All My Days, and Boon. His film appearances
include Whistle Down The Wind, An Inspector Calls and The Punch And Judy
Man with Tony Hancock. Norman died on April 22nd 2005 from cancer.
Peter Bowles played Hilary in the TV episode Stage Struck.
Born in London on 16th October
1936, peter joined RADA on leaving school and became a professional actor
at the age of just 18. He has never been out of work since. Despite a huge
repertoire of theatre performances, Peter is best known for his TV roles,
in particular as Richard deVere in To The Manor Born, Archie Glover in
(another Eric Chappell creation) Only When I Laugh, and Howard Booth in
(yet another Chappell work) The Bounder. His hobbies include collecting
modern art, and he is married to Susan with 1 daughter Sasha and two sons,
Guy and Adam.
Wilfrid Brambell played Rooksby in the Leicester performances of the play The Banana Box.
Wilfrid was born in Dublin,
Ireland on 22nd March 1912 to a father who was a cashier at a Guinness
brewery, and a mother, Edith Marks, who was an opera singer. Wilfrid Brambell's
first foray into acting was at the age of just two, entertaining wounded
soldiers in World War One. As a teen, he had a soprano voice, and it won
him medals at festivals, until his voice broke during an argument with
an aunt! After leaving school, he became a reporter for The Irish Times,
and started amateur dramatics at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Turning professional,
he then moved to Dublin's Gate Theatre, then on tour with ENSA during the
Second world War, and then into repertory theatre at Bristol, Chesterfield
and Swansea. His London appearances included roles in Canterbury Tales
and The Ghost Train (written by Dad's Army actor Arnold Ridley - Private
Godfrey). His Broadway career was less successful, however, as the first
night of the play Kelly was also the last. The advent of regular television
programming in Britain brought Wilfrid regular roles on TV, not least in
Arthur Askey's shows, plus many diverse roles such as in The Quatermass
Experiment and as a tramp in No Fixed Abode. It was this last role which
was seen by two British writers, and he was instantly signed-up for Galton
and Simpson's new production The Offer, part of their Comedy Playhouse
series of one-off TV plays. The comedy, about a retired rag-and-bone dealer
and his son, was commissioned as a series and in 1962 what became the classic
sitcom Steptoe and Son was born. By now, Wilfrid was in demand as an actor
and appeared in many more roles, including films such as The Thirty-Nine
Steps, Carry On Again Doctor, Dry Rot and as Paul McCartney's grandfather
in The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night. On a personal level, Wilfrid's
wife Molly was found to have been made pregnant by a lodger and he subsequently
threw her out, divorcing her on grounds of adultery. She died the following
year. Many years later Wilfrid Brambell shared his Pimlico home with a
male Chinese-born companion Yussof Ben mai Saman, to whom he left his fortune
after his death in London from cancer on 18th January 1985.
James Bree played Peppery Man in the TV episode Clunk Click (scene edited out due to time constraints).
James appeared in many performances
from the 1960s to the 1980s, including The Avengers, Dr. Who, The Professionals,
The Sweeney and The Duchess of Duke St. He even appeared in the 1969 James
Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Died 1st December 2008.
Roger Brierley played Osborne in the TV episode Suddenly, At Home.
Born in Stockport, Cheshire,
Roger became involved in amateur dramatics at the tender age of 14, but
trained as a chartered accountant after leaving school. He returned to
acting after conscription, however, and has since appeared in a handful
of films and over 200 TV roles, including many sitcoms (including The Likely
Lads, The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Legacy of Reginald Perrin
(the only actor to play two different roles in the Perrin series), In Loving
Memory and Jeeves and Wooster). He is often seen playing authority roles,
such as bankers or vicars, due in no small part to his lofty height! Roger
died on Friday 23rd September 2005 from a heart attack. He was 70.
Born in Bristol on 6th November,
1918, the son of Bourne & Lester, a huge music hall act at the turn
of the century. He served in the merchant navy and with the RAF during
World War Two. After a number of subsequent years in rep. companies and
variety shows, Ronnie turned to film and television, working with Dave
Allen, Lenny Henry, The Beatles and Dick Emery, among many others. Ronnie
died in London of a heart attack on 8th May 1991.
Avis Bunnage played Rigsby's estranged wife, Veronica, in the TV episode Great Expectations.
Born in Manchester on 22nd
April 1923, the daughter of a variety performer mother and dentist father,
Avis became a member of Chorlton Rep., then joined the Joan Littlewood
Theatre Workshop. She toured Europe and America with the company, then
found her way into films, including Gandhi, The L-Shaped Room, The Krays,
The Whisperers and The Wrong Box (these last two, ironically, also starring
Leonard Rossiter). Her television credits include Inspector Morse, In Loving
Memory and Coronation Street. Avis died on 4th October 1990.
Judy was an actress from
an early age, and professionally so during her time as a college student.
She became ASM at Chesterfield Rep., and then moved into television during
the 1970s and 80s, with roles including Blake's 7, Angels, Lovejoy and
General Hospital. She later returned to theatre in classical roles, and
spent three years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is still active
in the theatre.
John Cater played Bert in The Movie.
Born in 1932, John's career
spanned five decades. Most recently, he played Kathy Staff's beau Arthur
Williams in the revamped Crossroads, but was more active in the 1960s when
he played in Dr. Who, The Avengers and TV plays. Since then he has starred
in Inspector Morse, Lovejoy, Home To Roost (another Eric Chappell creation),
Bergerac and One Foot In The Grave, amongst many others. His film credits
include Loot, Dr. Phibes Rides Again and Savage Hearts. Died 21st March
Jonathan Cecil played a Boutique Assistant in The Movie.
Born in London in 1939. Died
September 2011. Jonathan has a long career in theatre, film and television,
including Agatha Christie, The Taming Of The Shrew, Little Doritt, Victoria
& Albert and three films with Leonard Rossiter: Otley, Barry Lyndon
and Rising Damp.
Alan Clare played the Accordianist in The Movie.
Born in London on 31st May
1921. A self-taught pianist, Alan Clare became a professional musician
at the age of 15 and during the next few years became a familiar figure
on the London jazz scene. He played with Carlo Krahmer, Sid Phillips and
others in the early '40s before military service intervened. Wounded soon
after D-Day, he returned to civilian life, playing in the comedy band led
by Sid Milward and also began a long sporadic association with Stéphane
Grappelli. From the '50s onwards, Clare was busy playing jazz in small
groups, some of which he led, mostly in nightclubs but also appearing occasionally
on television. An exceptionally gifted pianist with a light, subtle touch,
he had a seemingly endless knowledge of tunes and chord progressions. Allied
to a gift for accompaniment and the ability to play with unflagging swing,
Clare was an outstanding figure of British jazz. It was his involvement
in the jazz scene that lead to his teaming up with Spike Milligan (himself
an accomplished jazz trumpeter). Alan appeared in both Spike's series Q
and There's A Lot Of It About, and not just in musical sketches. He died
on 29th November 1993.
Born in London on 6th January
1938, John Clive became an actor as a child, then became pageboy at a theatre
before landing regular roles in the theatre from the early 1960s onwards.
He went on to make over 100 TV and film appearances, including appearing
opposite Dick Emery and Tommy Cooper and in series such as The Sweeney,
The Perils of Pendragon, and the lead role in Robert's Robots. His films
encompass all genres, from Carry On Dick through Revenge of The Pink Panther
and The Italian Job to A Clockwork Orange. He was married with one son
Alexander and one daughter Hannah. He later had a stepson from his second
marriage. John died on October 14th 2012, aged 79.
George A. Cooper played Mr. Cooper, the father of one of Alan's girlfriends in the TV episodePermissive Society.
Born in 1916. After a brief
career as a draughtsman, George became an amateur actor, then became professional
aged 23. He toured with Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop before landing
TV roles. He appeared in Z Cars, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Mind Your Language
and major roles in Grange Hill and Billy Liar. George also has over 40
films to his credit.
David Daker played Mr. Brent in the TV episode That's My Boy.
A popular sight on British
screens from the 1980s onwards, David is probably best remembered as Michael
Elphick's boss Harry Crawford in seven series of Boon, and as Gordon Lewis,
landlord of the Rover's Return in Coronation Street for five years. He
has also appeared in Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Crown Prosecutor and
Bill Dean played a Workman in The Movie.
Robert Dorning played a lovestruck tenant's Father in the TV episode Hello Young Lovers.
Born in St. Helen's on 13th
May 1914, Robert trained as a ballet dancer, then became a musical comedian.
He returned to this form of entertainment after demob from the RAF. His
move into acting resulted in three major television roles, in Coronation
Street, Bootsie & Snudge, and Pardon The Expression (with Arthur Lowe).
Robert died of diabetes in London on 20th February 1989.
Keith Drinkel played Noel Parker in the Leicester performances of the play The Banana Box.
Born in York on 14th November
1944. After a career beginning with rep., Keith began being offered TV
roles. He appeared in many period dramas, as well as Tales Of The Unexpected,
The Bill, Grange Hill and Thatcher, in which he played Prime Minister John
Major. Keith is still active in the theatre.
Liz Edmiston played Maureen in the TV episode Charisma.
Other than Rising Damp, Liz
had only appeared several times on television since, including Juliet Bravo,
Touched By An Angel and Forgotten. She had also appeared in a number of
theatre roles during the 1980s. Liz died from a stroke on board the ship
Oriana, aged 62, on 10th April 2008.
played Mr. Cooper in The
Denholm Elliott CBE played Seymour in The Movie.
Born in Ealing, London on
13th May 1922. After an education at Malvern College, Denholm Elliott joined
RADA, but was later expelled. At the onset of war, Denholm joined the RAF,
in which he served as a gunner and radar operator. After being shot down
over Denmark, Denholm resumed his acting career in a prisoner of war camp
(where he was interned for three years), including such parts as Macbeth
and Eliza Doolittle! After the war, and against the wishes of his family,
he decided to become a full-time actor, starting at repertory theatre in
Amersham, Bucks in 1945. His long and varied film career included such
classics as Zulu Dawn, The Cruel Sea, A Private Function, Raiders Of The
Lost Ark and Room With A View, which earned him an Oscar nomination for
Best Supporting Actor. He was also a prolific TV drama actor, starring
in the award-winning Hotel du Lac and Blade On The Feather, which won him
Best Actor at the 1980 BAFTA Awards. His first marriage, to actress Virginia
McKenna, ended in divorce. A second marriage, to actress Susan Robinson,
bore him two children, Mark and Jennifer. A bisexual, Denholm Elliott died
of AIDS on the Spanish Balearic island of Ibiza on 6th October 1992.
Jonathan Elsom played the curate, Douglas, in the TV episode Fawcett's Python.
Born in New Zealand, Jonathan
came to Britain in 1959 and studied at LAMDA for two years. This resulted
in terms at many theatres across country and on tours abroad. On TV he
has starred in Z Cars, To The Manor Born, Ladykillers, Danger UXB, Minder
and Bergerac. Jonathan is also an accomplished artist and sculptor.
Derek Francis played Mr. French in the TV episode Clunk Click.
Born in Brighton on 7th November
1923. Derek appeared in a huge list of theatre, film and television performances
throughout his long career. Among his TV appearances were The Sweeney,
The Professionals, Man In A Suitcase and Doctor Who. His films included
six Carry Ons, plus Press for Time, Scrooge and Ring of Spies. Derek died
on 28th March 1984.
Gretchen Franklin played Aunt Maud in the TV episode Great Expectations.
Born in Covent Garden, London
on 7th July 1911. With her parents a theatre double act, it was perhaps
inevitable that Gretchen would become an actress. She started as a chorus
girl, but has been seen on television more in her later years, playing
elderly characters. These include roles in George and Mildred, You're Only
Young Twice, General Hospital, and more recently, Ethel Skinner in Eastenders.
She was married to the writer Caswell Garth (deceaed). She died on Sunday
10th July 2005.
Helen attended a theatrical
boarding school from the age of nine, which led to her first public performance
in a pantomime aged 15. She studied at RADA and was soon landing roles
in both the theatre and on television. She has appeared in One Foot In
The Grave, Doctor In Charge and in the sci-fi series The Uninvited. She
also starred in the film of Billy Liar in 1963, in a scene with Leonard
Frank Gatliff played 'Charlie', the Manager at The Grange restaurant in the TV episode A Night Out.
Born in Melbourne, Australia
on New Year's Eve 1927, Frank moved to London and soon started to appear
in small roles in films and on TV. He has starred in many roles on TV including
The Avengers, Department S, The Good Life, Robin's Nest and Doctor Who.
His films included The Ipcress File and On The Beach. Frank died in London
on 23rd June 1990.
Robert Gillespie played a Gas Man in the TV episode Last Of The Big Spenders.
Born in Lille, France on
November 9th, 1933 of a Hungarian mother and Canadian father of Scottish
descent. Robert arrived in Plymouth in 1940, speaking no English. He became
an amateur actor, then semi-pro in 1951. Having trained at RADA, Robert
then spent two years at Old Vic, Bristol. He was a familiar face on television
thorughout the 1970s and 1980s, appearing in Whatever Happened To The Likely
Lads?, Rosie and a title role in Keep It In The Family.
played Alec in The
Born in Woking, Surrey on
15th July 1946, Derek was a popular face on television during the 1970s
and 1980s, at a time when black characters were needed a lot more in socially-aware
dramas and comedies, such as The Alf Garnett Saga. Derek was also a children's
TV presenter, fronting programmes including Play School, Play Away and
Jackanory. He has provided the voice for Superted and Vervain in Watership
Down. Derek is also a talented musician, singer and songwriter. He wrote
several songs and themes for television, including Heads and Tails and
the character introduction songs for Bod (Frank The Postman, Aunt Flo,
played a non-speaking Policeman in the TV episode The
played Ambrose in the TV episode Under
Carrie Jones played Sandra in The Movie.
Carrie has appeared on TV
in Minder and Shoestring, and in adult films.
Paul Jones played Noel Parker in all but the Leicester performances of the play The Banana Box.
Born in Portsmouth on 24th
February 1942. Paul is best remembered as lead singer with pop group Manfred
Mann, whose hits in the 1960s included the number ones Pretty Flamingo,
Doo Wah Diddy Diddy and The Mighty Quinn, plus Ha Ha Said The Clown and
5-4-3-2-1. Paul later left the band and became a very sought-after actor
on stage. His TV appearances included Beat Club and The Sweeney, and he
was also the quizmaster on the children's TV show Beat The Teacher.
Andonia Katsaros played exotic dancer Marilyn in the TV episode Fawcett's Python.
Born in 1949 in New South
Wales, Australia, Andonia moved to England in 1969. TV roles were soon
offered, including Porridge, Please Sir! and Helen - A Woman Of Today.
She now lives in the USA, where she tours her one-woman show. She is also
a qualified flying instructor.
Diana King played Mrs. Armitage in the TV episode The Cocktail Hour.
Born in Buckinghamshire in
August 1918. She attended the Fay Compton School of Drama, and was a prolific
theatre performer during and after World War Two. On TV, she appeared in
sitcoms Dad's Army, Are You Being Served?, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, You're
Only Young Twice and Marriage Lines. Her films included A Farewell To Arms
with Rock Hudson. Diana died in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire on 31st July 1986.
Ian Lavender played political canvasser Mr. Platt in the TV episode Stand Up And Be Counted.
Born in Birmingham on 16th
February 1946. On leaving school, Ian went to drama school at The Old Vic,
Bristol, then travelled extensively in theatre performances. He will be
best remembered, however, for playing Frank Pike, the "Stupid Boy!" of
Captain Mainwaring's platoon in Dad's Army, alongside Arthur Lowe and John
Le Mesurier. He has recently appeared in Eastenders.
Rosemary Leach played Ruth Jones in the East Grinstead, Oxford and Newcastle performances of the play The Banana Box.
Born in Much Wenlock, Shropshire
on 18th December 1925. Unsure of which career path to follow, Rosemary's
sister suggested she went along to RADA's auditions in London before the
war. She was accepted, and went on to play theatres nationwide in a huge
number of performances. On TV she has appeared in Jewel InThe Crown, Swallows
and Amazons, Life Begins At Forty, The Tomorrow People and a major role
in The Power Game.
Alun Lewis played Robin in the TV episode Hello Young Lovers.
Born in Garnant, South Wales,
the brother of actor Hywel Bennett (Shelley). Joining RADA at 18, Alun
honed his skills at various theatres and repertory companies around the
country, before making the inevitable break into TV. He has appeared in
Minder, Angels, Rumpole of the Bailey, but most notably as jailbird Daryl
in Birds of A Feather and as Vic Windsor in Emmerdale (from which his talents
as singer and guitarist with The Woolpackers became known).
Larry Martyn played Rigsby's milkman Fred in the TV episode For The Man Who Has Everything.
Born in London in 1934, Larry
was a singer and comedian in variety shows until the late 1950s, when he
started to appear on television. Many serious roles throughout the 1960s
were soon replaced by comedy roles such as Mr. Mash in Are You Being Served?,
Up Pompeii, Never The Twain and as James Beck's replacement as Private
Walker in the radio adaptations of Dad's Army. Larry died in 1994.
Henry McGee played Seymour in the TV episode The Perfect Gentleman.
Born in Kensington, London
on 14th May 1929. Henry decided to give acting a go after deciding he wasn't
much good at anything else! He joined the Italia Conti School of Drama
in London, then gained experience by touring the country in various repertory
theatres, plus two years in Australia. He was first to be seen on television
in Charlie Drake's The Worker. This bought him a constant supply of serious
roles to play against comedians, including Tommy Cooper, Dick Emery, Eric
Sykes, The Goodies, Max Wall, Frankie Howerd and, in particular, a 23-year
association with Benny Hill. Henry died from Alzheimer's on January 28th
2006, aged 77.
Janet Michael played Ruth Jones in the Leicester performances of the play The Banana Box.
Born in Scotland, Janet has
remained faithful to her country's training of her acting skills. After
turning professional at Glasgow's Citizen's Theatre, she has now spent
over twenty-five years with Perth Rep. But she has also appeared in numerous
productions in London's West End and starred in Scottish soap High Road,
and Glasgow crime drama Taggart.
Louise Nelson played Lucy in the Leicester performances of the play The Banana Box.
A trained singer and dancer,
Louise worked in cabaret abroad before returning to the UK to join the
famous Italia Conti Stage School, and has since appeared in numerous theatre
performances. She has also starred in TV roles in Z Cars, Troubleshooters
and The Power Game.
Born in Great Yarmouth in
1933, Derek served in the merchant navy and Coldstream Guards beore becoming
a Services DJ in Singapore. On returning to the UK, he enrolled at RADA
and appeared in many theatre roles, culminating in more than ten years
at the National Theatre. On TV he appeared (often in tough-guy roles) in
The Avengers, The Saint, Jason King, Doctor Who, Coronation Street and
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Derek died on 11th August 1998, after a long
illness, from a heart attack.
Daphne was the voice of children's
hour programme Listen With Mother from 1950 to 1971. Prior to this, she
worked extensively in theatres nationwide, and could be seen on television
in To The Manor Born (shopkeeper Mrs Patterson), Fresh Fields and Man About
The House (Chrissie's mum), as well as in films Sweet William and That'll
Be The Day. She died on December 21st, 2012, aged 93.
Robin Parkinson played Ruth's beau Desmond in the TV episode Moonlight And Roses.
After leaving school and
working for his artist father, Robin attended drama school, then moved
straight into television. Among many roles are Dad's Army, Dick Emery,
Outside Edge, three series of 'Allo 'Allo and 20 episodes of The Many Wives
of Patrick. He was also the narrator of the children's TV show Button Moon.
Brian Peck played Rigsby's brother Ron Rigsby in the TV episode Come On In, The Water's Lovely.
Born in Hull on 24th October
1930, Brian was a child actor, appearing in many children's films. He later
enrolled at the Webber Douglas Academy and went on to appear in many theatre
and TV roles, including Crossroads, Coronation Street, Doomwatch, Boon,
Sorry! and Last of The Summer Wine.
John Quayle played the Groom in the TV episode Pink Carnations.
Born in Lincoln on 21st December
1938. He trained at RADA and has appeared on TV in Terry and June, The
Good Life, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and recently Coronation
Street, where he played Rita Fairclough's beau Anthony.
played a Rugby Player in The
Born in Canada, Gay's entry
into acting was perhaps inevitable, as her grandfather was co-author of
Me And My Girl. She trained at Bristol Old Vic and had six years experience
of acting in Britain before returning to Canada. She later returned to
the UK where her TV roles included Machinegunner (with Leonard Rossiter)
and, more recently, an episode of The X-Files.
Fanny Rowe played Ruth's Mother in the TV episode Come On In, The Water's Lovely.
Born in Preston on 26th June
1913, Fanny abandoned her University education when her urge to act became
too great. She went on to be an accomplished actress, especially in plays
by Bernard Shaw. She had major roles in The Forsyte Saga, Fresh Fields,
Life Begins At Forty, Vanity Fair and Jane Eyre. Fanny died on 31st July
David Rowlands played the cricket-mad Curate, Gordon, in the TV episode Things That Go Bump In The Night.
Born in Abergavenny, Wales.
He trained at the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama and was seen in
roles including 'Allo 'Allo, The Two Ronnies, Doctor Who and The Fall and
Rise of Reginald Perrin. David is a qualified teacher, and now lives on
a farm in Wales. He has worked for Radio Sussex as a reporter, and is now
a supply teacher in Wales.
Andrew Sachs played Mr. Snell in the TV episode Great Expectations.
Born in Berlin, Germany on
7th April 1930, Andrew's family fled the emerging Nazi Germany in 1937
and settled in the UK. At the age of 16 he had decided for life as an actor
because, as he says, "I wanted to sign autographs!". In 1964 he wrote an
avante-garde radio play called The Revenge, which featured no characters,
but instead simply sound effects of a man escaping from an asylum, murdering
someone and eventually giving himself up. Apart from his most famous roles
as Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers, Andrew has appeared in Bergerac,
Crown Court and can often be heard narrating wildlife and nature documentaries.
He is married to Melody, and has one daughter, Kate and two sons John and
Joan Sanderson played the bride's Mother in the TV episode Pink Carnations.
Born in Bristol on 24th November
1912, Joan Sanderson trained in RADA to be an actress, and acted extensively
in repertory theatre. Her debut in London's West End was in See How They
Run, and subsequent performances included Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus,
Simple Spymen, When We Are Married and Anyone For Denis? By the late 1960s,
she was familiar to TV viewers from her role in All Gas And Gaiters, but
found fame in the 1970s school sitcom Please, Sir!, in which she resumed
her by now stereotypical battleaxe role. Joan was also to be seen in Ripping
Yarns, The Other 'Arf, The Ghosts Of Motley Hall and Upstairs, Downstairs.
Many people will remember Joan Sanderson, however, for her almost upstaging
of John Cleese in the Fawlty Towers episode 'Communication Problem', in
which she played Mrs. Richards, the deaf hotel guest from Hell. She went
on to play regular roles in Me And My Girl with Richard O'Sullivan and
After Henry with Prunella Scales. Shortly after completing a fifth series
of this last comedy, Joan Sanderson died, on 24th May 1992.
George Sewell played a prowler masquerading as 'Detective Constable Baker' in the TV episode The Prowler.
Born in 1924. Often cast
as an authoritarian figure, George is a regular face on TV in the UK, having
appeared in Minder, The Sweeney, The Gentle Touch, Redcap, Heartbeat and
The Detectives. He has also starred in several films, including Get Carter,
Barry Lyndon and This Sporting Life. Died 1st April 2007.
Anthony Sharp played Conservative Party candidate Colonel DeVere-Brown in the TV episode Stand Up And Be Counted.
Born in Highgate, London
on 16th June 1915, Anthony often played upper-class characters, including
roles in To The Manor Born, Dad's Army, Doomwatch and Counterstrike. His
films included Crossed Swords, Rebound and the James Bond movie Never Say
Never Again. Anthony died in London on 23rd July 1984.
Campbell Singer played the bailiff, Mr. Flint, in the TV episode Last Of The Big Spenders.
Born in London on 16th March
1909, Campbell had a prolific career on both stage and screen, and particularly
in movies, numbering more than fifty. These included The Square Peg, The
Titfield Thunderbolt, Operation Diamond and Home At Seven. Campbell died
in March 1976.
played a Policeman in the TV episode The
played the student John Harris in The
David Swift played suicidal Mr. Gray in the TV episode The Good Samaritan.
David only became an actor
at the age of thirty, after being a businessman for many years. He toured
with a number of repetory companies, before landing TV roles such as Bergerac,
War And Peace and another two roles with Richard Beckinsale, Bloomers and
Going Straight. He is the brother of Clive Swift, who played hen-pecked
Mr. Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances.
Michael Ward played the Labour Candidate in the TV episode Stand Up And Be Counted.
Born in Redruth, Cornwall
on 9th April 1909. Michael trained as a teacher before enrolling with the
Central School of Speech and Drama. He appeared in a huge number of films
and theatre roles, including five Carry Ons and five Norman Wisdom films.
On TV he starred in Steptoe and Son, Morecambe & Wise and The Two Ronnies.
Michael died in Ladbroke Grove, London on 9th November 1997.
Born in Fulmer Chase, Buckinghamshire
on 2nd January 1948, into a family of actors (father Jack and sister Dilys),
Deborah has a long list of theatre roles to her credit, plus TV including
Doctor Who, Danger UXB and Life of Bliss. She also starred in films of
David Essex and Cliff Richard.
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