Brian Rawlinson

Brian Rawlinson (12 November 1931 – 23 November 2000)[1] was an English actor and writer for films and TV from the 1950s.

Brian Rawlinson
Brian Rawlinson (1931 – 2000) playing Robert Onedin in the episode "A Cold Wind Blowing" in the series "The Onedin Line".png
Brian Rawlinson playing Robert Onedin in the episode "A Cold Wind Blowing" in the series The Onedin Line
Brian Rawlinson

(1931-11-12)12 November 1931
Died23 November 2000(2000-11-23) (aged 69)
Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
Years active1960–1980

Rawlinson was born in Stockport, Cheshire. He appeared in several films (including several in the Carry On series) but was more frequently on television, a regular role being Robert Onedin in the BBC TV serial The Onedin Line. He also played character roles in many other TV programmes such as Coronation Street, The Baron, Z-Cars, Market in Honey Lane, The Bill, Heartbeat, Danger Man, Goodnight Sweetheart and Last of the Summer Wine, in which he played Cyril Gridley, which was his final appearance. He was also in the series The Buccaneers, playing Gaff Guernsey.

As a writer, Rawlinson wrote several plays, but was most involved in the mid-1970s BBC serial Churchill's People, an adaptation based on Winston Churchill's book A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. He was later interviewed about his association with the series on TV Hell, a theme night that BBC Two ran in 1992 on bad television programmes.

He died in Lyme Regis, Dorset on 23 November 2000 aged 69.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1957 Dangerous Exile Dylan Evans
1958 Behind the Mask Mr. Maddox Uncredited
1960 No Kidding Will
1960 Sword of Sherwood Forest 1st Falconer Uncredited
1961 The Unstoppable Man Moonlight Jackson
1962 Carry On Cruising Nervous Steward
1962 The Iron Maiden Albert, Village Constable
1963 Nurse on Wheels Policeman
1963 Ladies Who Do Shop Steward
1964 Carry On Cleo Hessian Driver
1965 The Big Job Henry Blobbitt
1965 Carry On Cowboy Burt, Stagecoach Guard
1967 Far From the Madding Crowd Matthew Moon
1971 See No Evil Barker


  1. ^ a b "Brian Rawlinson". BFI. Retrieved 14 February 2021.

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