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Brian Osborne (born 1940) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in Upstairs, Downstairs and The Sandbaggers. Osborne has also had minor roles in six Carry On films as well the TV series Carry On Laughing.[1]

Brian Osborne


Early lifeEdit

Brian Osborne was born in 1940 in Bath, Somerset. He started acting while at school. [2] Later he toured school with a children's theatre company and he played The Pied Piper of Hamelin.[2] His first television role was in 1966 in an episode of Softly, Softly. After this he toured Europe and the United States with the Royal Shakespeare Company,[3] as well as having roles in Bless This House and Follyfoot.[citation needed]

1970s and 1980sEdit

In 1971, Brian Osborne secured the role of Pearce, the coachman, in the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs.[4] This role did not play a large part in the programme and Pearce left Eaton Place in the programme's second series in 1972. In the same year, Osborne was in Carry On Matron.[5] This was the first of six Carry On appearances, the others being Carry On Abroad, Carry On Girls, Carry On Dick, Carry On Behind and Carry On England.[6] In addition, he appeared in seven episodes of the TV series Carry On Laughing. In 1973, he appeared in an episode of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and in 1976 appeared in an episode of Space: 1999.[7][8] From 1978 to 1980 he played Sam Lawes in six episodes of Cold War drama The Sandbaggers.[9]

In the 1980s, Osborne had many minor roles on television, including in Tales of the Unexpected, Minder (as Joe Harrison, episode Get Daley!, 1983), Shine on Harvey Moon, The Bill, Sorry!, Juliet Bravo, Casualty and Lord Peter Wimsey.[1] His other film roles included Under Milk Wood (1971), Bless This House (1972), Nighthawks (1981), Haunters of the Deep (1984) and Last Orders (2001).[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Women in Love Miner Uncredited
1971 Under Milk Wood Second Fisherman
1972 Carry On Matron Ambulance Driver
1972 Bless This House Removal Van Driver
1972 Carry On Abroad Stall-Holder
1973 Carry On Girls First Citizen
1974 Carry On Dick Browning
1975 Carry On Behind Bob
1976 Carry On England Gunner Owen
1979 Are You Being Served? Airport Security Guard Uncredited
1979 Black Island Police Sergeant
1981 Nighthawks Orchard - London
1984 Haunters of the Deep Mr. Holman
2001 Last Orders Tally Man

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b "Brian Osborne".
  2. ^ a b "Inside UpDown - The Story of Upstairs, Downstairs". Kaleidoscope Publishing. 2005.
  3. ^ "Brian Osborne - Theatricalia".
  4. ^ "Upstairs, Downstairs (an Episode Guide)".
  5. ^ "Carry On Matron (1972)".
  6. ^ "Brian Osborne - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  7. ^ "Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em[20/12/73] (1973)".
  8. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (21 November 2012). "Exploring Space: 1999: An Episode Guide and Complete History of the Mid–1970s Science Fiction Television Series". McFarland – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Brian Osborne".
  10. ^ "Brian Osborne".