Bryan Mosley (25 August 1931 – 9 February 1999) was a British actor, known best as grocer Alf Roberts in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street.

Bryan Mosley
Born(1931-08-25)25 August 1931
Died9 February 1999(1999-02-09) (aged 67)
EducationLeeds Central High School
OccupationActor
Years active1960–1999
Spouse(s)
Norma Bowes (m. 1956⁠–⁠1999)
; (his death)
Children6

Early lifeEdit

Born in Leeds, he attended Leeds Central High School and held a childhood ambition to become a missionary. Instead he won a scholarship to Leeds College of Art (1944–46) and afterwards worked as a commercial artist. He also worked in a bookshop and sold books door-to-door.[2]

After national service in the RAF, working in air traffic control, he trained as an actor at the Bradford Civic Theatre and Esme Church's Northern Theatre School.[citation needed]

Coronation StreetEdit

Mosley joined the cast of Coronation Street in 1961 and made recurrent appearances until 1963. He returned to the series briefly in 1967 before rejoining as a regular cast member in 1971. Mosley's appearances in the soap opera became less frequent following a serious heart attack in 1991. Alf Roberts made his last appearance on New Year's Day 1999 dying peacefully on screen in his sleep. Mosley died just weeks later of a heart attack in Shipley, West Yorkshire aged 67.[3]

As part of the show's 40th anniversary celebrations, heritage plaques were unveiled outside the Granada Studios in 2000 to four of the soap opera's stars, including Mosley. The other plaques commemorated the lives of Doris Speed, Pat Phoenix and Violet Carson.[4]

Other notable rolesEdit

Mosley made his screen debut in A Kind of Loving (1962). He also appeared in Get Carter (1971) playing local gangster Cliff Brumby. He is famously killed by Jack Carter (Michael Caine) who beats him up and throws him from the roof of the Trinity Square multi-storey car park in Gateshead, after discovering Brumby's involvement in his brother's death. He starred in two stories in the series Doctor Who in 1965 and 1966 and made two appearances in The Avengers. Mosley also had a small role as the pub landlord in Queenie's Castle.[3]

Fight arrangerEdit

He was also a fencer and a stage and film fight arranger. He fenced with Terence Stamp in the film Far from the Madding Crowd. He was a founder member of the Society of British Fight Directors and he arranged the Get Carter fight with Caine. Mosley was sometimes credited as Buddy Windrush.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Bryan Mosley and his wife Norma wed in 1956; the couple had six children.[3] Mosley was a practising Roman Catholic who had made at least one pilgrimage to Lourdes.[5] His wife died on 16 October 2011, aged 79.[6]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1962 A Kind of Loving Bus Conductor Uncredited
1963 This Sporting Life Man in bar Uncredited
1963 Billy Liar Bit Part Uncredited
1964 Rattle of a Simple Man Coach Organiser Uncredited
1965 Carry on Cowboy Rider Uncredited
1965 Up Jumped a Swagman Jo-Jo
1966 Where the Bullets Fly Connolly
1967 Far from the Madding Crowd Barker
1968 Charlie Bubbles Herbert
1970 Spring and Port Wine
1971 Get Carter Cliff Brumby

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hayward, Anthony (11 February 1999). "Obituary: Bryan Mosley". The Independent. London, UK.
  2. ^ Anthony Hayward (11 February 1999). "Obituary: Bryan Mosley". The Independent. London. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Bryan Mosley on IMDb
  4. ^ "Former Corrie stars remembered". BBC News. 24 October 2000. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  5. ^ Bryan Mosley obituary, bbc.co.uk; accessed 28 September 2014. Mosley died on 9 February 1999 aged 67.
  6. ^ "Norma Mosley". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2019.