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He began his career at the Belgrade Theatre in his home city and before his retirement appeared in a plethora of British television programmes, specialising in comedy roles in series such as On the Buses, The Dick Emery Show, The Fenn Street Gang, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, The Liver Birds, My Name Is Harry Worth, Dad's Army, A Little Bit of Wisdom (with Norman Wisdom), Love Thy Neighbour, Rising Damp, Bless This House, Happy Ever After, The Many Wives of Patrick, Terry and June, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Shelley, He-De-Hi!, Fresh Fields and 'Allo, 'Allo!
He was equally at home in straight roles and these included parts in The Odd Man, Crossroads, Out of the Unknown, Softly, Softly, The Wednesday Play, Man at the Top, Play for Today, Z Cars, All Creatures Great and Small, Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime, Rosemary & Thyme and as the narrator for the children's series Button Moon.
Film roles included Billy Liar and The Family Way.