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Born as Hubert Tuelly Longdon in Newark-on-Trent, he trained at RADA from 1946 to 1948 and made his stage debut in Sheffield soon moving to the West End and then the Shakespeare Memorial Company at Stratford-on-Avon. His long list of stage credits includes Medea, Treasure Hunt, As You Like It, The Sound of Murder, Golden Rivet and a run for several years in The Secretary Bird.
On film he played a straight part in four of the earlier Carry on... series and appeared as Drusus in the 1959 multi-Oscar winning epic Ben Hur. That same year he began a four-year run of Biggles-type adventures in the BBC Saturday series Garry Halliday and also appeared in Danger Man, Emergency-Ward 10, No Hiding Place, Redcap, The Avengers and The Return of Sherlock Holmes