Character & Episode:
Mrs Evans in The Smile Behind the Veil
Born: 29/12/1907, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire,
Died: 20/10/1990, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
A character actress who was
active in the business for almost fifty years, Freda made her
stage debut in 1934 in Sweet Lavender at the Northampton
Repertory Theatre. After two years with the resident company
there, she first appeared London in The Sacred Flame at
the Q Theatre, after which she toured with Emlyn Williams in his
play Night Must Fall. She made her television debut in
the play Trelawny of the Wells (transmitted 9th October
1938) in a minor role. Later that year she joined the Old Vic
Company, with whom she toured Europe and Egypt during the
following year, and in 1940 she became part of the Stratford
Memorial Theatre company. The previous year she had married the
artist Henry Bird (1915-2000). The couple would have one child,
Julian, who initially became a psychiatrist, before he later
switched to acting. Early film work included roles in Powell and
Pressburger's A Canterbury Tale (1944), Laurence
Olivier's Henry V (1944) and David Lean's Great
Expectations (1946). In July 1945 she scored a major success
at the Embassy Theatre, playing the sadistic landlady Mrs Voray
in Joan Temple's No Room at the Inn. She also starred in
the play's West End transfer and in the 1948 film adaptation.
Four years later she played a similar role, Mrs Allistair, in
the stage and screen versions of Sylvia Rayman's Women of
Her success on stage would, however, render her
screen appearances rather infrequent. In 1955 at Northampton
Theatre she played Marguerite Gautier in The Lady of the
Camellias, a role which she later listed as her favourite in
Who's Who in the Theatre. Later stage appearances
included the Gypsy in Camino Real (Phoenix Theatre,
1957), Duel of Angels (Apollo Theatre, 1958), Mrs
Hitchcock in Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (Royal Court
Theatre, 1959), Gunhild in John Gabriel Borkman (Mermaid
Theatre, 1961), the title role in Mother Courage (Bristol
Old Vic, 1961), Naked (Royal Court Theatre, 1963), a 1967
tour of Arsenic and Old Lace, and Maria Helliwell in
When We Are Married (Strand Theatre, 1970).
did figure in a modest number of television programmes,
including the small screen adaptation of Serjeant Musgrave's
Dance (an ITV Play of the Week starring Patrick
McGoohan, transmitted on 24th October 1961), a memorably
villainous turn in the opening episode of Adam Adamant Lives!
in 1967, and in the Blake's 7 episode The Keeper
in 1979. On the silver screen, she featured most notably in
The Good Die Young playing the mother of a young Joan
Collins, The Brides of Dracula and Die, Monster, Die!,
in which she played the wife of Boris Karloff's character.
Summarising her film career, David Quinlan has noted that she
"created some memorably grim portraits... less than one would
have liked, but she was really too ferocious for supporting
roles". She made her last screen appearance in Clash of the
Titans in 1981, in which she played a Stygian Witch.
Sir David Jason OBE
Character & Episode:
Abel in That's How Murder Snowballs
Born: 02/02/1940, Edmonton, London, England (as David
David Jason was brought up in
North Finchley, and as a child attended Northside Primary
School. After leaving school, he trained as an electrician while
negotiating his way into repertory theatre. He was just 15 years
old in July 1955 when noted local drama critic, W.H. Gelder,
spotted his talent and warmly praised his performance in the
Incognito Theatre Group's production of Robert's Wife by
St John Ervine.
David started his television
career in 1964 playing the part of Bert Bradshaw in
Crossroads. In 1967 he played a spoof super-hero Captain
Fantastic (and also other roles), in the children's television
sketch comedy series Do Not Adjust Your Set (Rediffusion
/ Thames). His co-stars were Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Denise
Coffey and Michael Palin. Humphrey Barclay, who recruited David
Jason to appear in the show (partly to offset the rather
intellectual style of Idle, Jones and Palin), admired David's
sense of timing. Do Not Adjust Your Set had a very
successful run on ITV, ending in 1969.
David was considered for the role
of Lance-Corporal Jack Jones in the BBC comedy Dad's Army
by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. Croft had been very impressed
with the actor and knew that he had the ability to play much
older than his age. The role ultimately went to Clive Dunn.
David appeared in the BBC comedy
series Hugh and I, which starred Hugh Lloyd and Terry
Scott as two friends who lived together in south London. He also
appeared in variety shows in support of stars such as Dick
Emery, his performances catching the eye of Ronnie Barker, who
soon became a mentor to David. In 1973 David played junior
employee Granville in the first programme of the BBC comedy
anthology Seven of One, called Open All Hours
which starred Barker as the miserly proprietor of a corner shop.
Four series of Open All Hours were made from 1976 to 1985
- and David would return to the role, some years after Barker's
death, in Still Open All Hours (2013-). He also featured
as the elderly Blanco in a couple of episodes of Barker's
Porridge, a prison-based comedy, and appeared in various
disguises in The Two Ronnies show, notably as the voice
of the Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town.
In 1981 he found his most enduring
and popular role, Derek 'Del-Boy' Trotter in the BBC situation
comedy Only Fools and Horses (created by John Sullivan).
Del-Boy was a wide-boy who made a dubious living in Peckham,
south London, trading in shoddy, stolen, and counterfeit goods.
In this role, Jason popularised some slang words and phrases;
examples being the mild insults "dipstick" and "plonker", and
the celebratory "lovely jubbly". His portrayal of the elder
brother to Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) produced classic comic
scenes and touching serious moments.
David has also been the voice of
Mr Toad in The Wind in the Willows and starred as
detective Jack Frost on the ITV crime drama A Touch of Frost
from 1992 to 2010. He also provided the voices of cartoon
characters Danger Mouse and Count Duckula for Cosgrove-Hall
Productions in the 1980s and early 1990s.
David was made an Officer of the
Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1993, and was knighted in
2005, both for services to drama. He has won four British
Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs), four British Comedy Awards
and six National Television Awards. These included the British
Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and the BAFTA
Academy Fellowship Award in 2003. In 2006, David topped the poll
to find TV's 50 Greatest Stars, as part of ITV's 50th
David lived with his long-term
partner, actress Myfanwy Talog for eighteen years until her
death from breast cancer in 1995. He became a father for the
first time at age 61, when his girlfriend, 41-year-old Gill
Hinchcliffe, gave birth to a baby girl in 2001. In 2005, David
and Gill married. His older brother, Arthur White (1933-), is
also an actor and played Ernie Trigg alongside David in A
Touch of Frost.
Character & Episode:
Female Hiker in The Smile Behind the Veil
A minor supporting actress
with only a dozen television credits to her name. Clare worked
mainly in the mid to late Sixties. Her best remembered roles
were in the Doctor Who, in which she played opposite the
William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton incarnations of the
famous Time Lord: in 1966 she portrayed Nanina in The Savages,
then in 1968 she played Tanya Lernov in The Wheel in Space.
She would reprise this latter role in a short scene in the final
episode of The War Games a year later, when the Doctor's
companion Zoe is returned to the space station where she had
joined the TARDIS crew. She was also a regular in the Anglia
Television soap opera Weaver's Green (as Carol Thorpe,
1966) and also appeared in Crossroads as Pauline Carr in
1972. Clare's last screen appearance was in the ITV Sunday
Night Theatre play The Death of Adolf Hitler in 1973.
Character & Episode:
Hooper in The Smile Behind the Veil
Born: 03/03/1937, London, England (as Peter George
A tall actor standing at 6
feet 2 inches, Peter was generally seen on film during the
Sixties in minor supporting roles. His first credited screen
appearance was in 1959 when he appeared in the drama series
The Spy Catcher. He followed this up by appearing in
Dixon of Dock Green (1961) and Z Cars (1962). He had
a small part in the comedy film Twice Round The Daffodils
later in 1962. The following year he played Mr Top in Nurse
on Wheels and a car salesman in Carry On Cabby. This
latter engagement would prove to be the first of three
contributions to the Carry On series, though his last
appearance, in Carry On Follow That Camel in 1967, ended
with his scenes deleted from the final version. Peter also
worked for Gerald Thomas and Peter Rogers (director and producer
of the Carry On series) in the comedy The Big Job
In 1968 he filmed his scenes for Randall and Hopkirk
(Deceased), though his episode, The Smile Behind the Veil,
would be held back in the transmission order and was not aired
until 1970. In 1969 Peter appeared as Hans in a number of
episodes of the television series Spindoe, which starred
Ray McAnally in the lead role. His last known screen appearance
followed in 1973 when he appeared in an episode of Menace.
Peter is married with three children.
Character & Episode:
Constable Jenkins in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?
Robin was an occasional actor
who appeared in a dozen or so television and film productions
between the mid-Sixties and the early Seventies. 1969, when he
made his Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) appearance, was
his busiest year, also appearing in The Power Game (Without
Prejudice), The Mind of Mr J.G. Reeder (The Troupe)
and Department S (The Man from 'X') on television
and the feature film Crossplot, which starred Roger
Moore. Robin made his television debut in 1965 appearing the
series The Flying Swan for BBC Midlands. Other
appearances included Adam Adamant Lives! (Death Has a
Thousand Faces), Mickey Dunne and Compact. His
only other feature film appearance aside from Crossplot
was in Hammer Films' Creatures the World Forgot (1971).
His last appearance was as a Cossack Horseman in the ten-minute
experimental film The Reprieve in 1972, made by the
National Film and Television School - in one continuous take and
in Russian. That really does qualify as "experimental"!
Character & Episode:
James McAllister in For the Girl Who Has Everything
Born: 12/09/1927, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire,
(as Frederick Charles Jones)
Died: 09/07/2019, Bicester, Oxfordshire, England
Upon leaving school, Freddie
worked as a laboratory assistant with a firm making ceramic
products, but soon his hobby of acting set him on a different
path. He was trained at the prestigious Rose Bruford College.
His first screen appearance was in 1963 in the television drama
series It Happened Like This. Since then Freddie has
notched up well over two hundred television and screen
appearances. He has been a solid and busy actor for over five
decades, during which time he has featured in many notable
series including The Avengers, The Caesars,
Space: 1999, The Ghosts of Motley Hall and, since
2005, the long running Yorkshire Television soap opera
Emmerdale. Amongst his film credits, Freddie has appeared in
The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), The Satanic Rites
of Dracula (1973) and Zulu Dawn (1979).
He has also
enjoyed a long association with the maverick American film
director David Lynch, which has seen him feature in many of his
productions: The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984),
Wild At Heart (1990), Lynch's short-lived TV series On
The Air (1992) and his short film Hotel Room (1993).
Freddie married Jennie Heslewood, a former actress, in 1965, and
the couple have three sons - two, Toby and Caspar, are actors,
while the other, Rupert, is a director.
Along with Dudley
Sutton, Freddie is the only actor to have appeared in both the
original Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and its remake of
2000-2001 with Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves.
Freddie died on 9th July 2019
after a short illness.
Section compiled by Darren Senior
Additional research and presentation by Alan Hayes
and Denis Kirsanov
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