Colin Campbell (actor)

Colin Campbell (17 January 1937 – 1 March 2018) was an English actor.

Colin Campbell
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Born(1937-01-17)17 January 1937
Died1 March 2018(2018-03-01) (aged 81)
London, England
Years active1950–2008


His best-known role was the lead in The Leather Boys in 1964, in which he plays a bored married man who starts hanging out with a biker friend—who, he belatedly realises, is gay.[2] Campbell started off as a child actor, and played John in the 1950s BBC radio Children's Hour adaptation of Worzel Gummidge, and the title role in BBC TV's Huckleberry Finn in 1952.[3][4] His stage work included appearances at the Old Vic and with the RSC.[1][5] He also starred in Nuns on the Run (1990) and made many appearances on British television, including in the role of David Ashton, one of the main characters in the popular ITV drama series A Family At War which aired from 1970 to 1972.[6][7] Campbell's photograph appears on the cover of the German release of The Smiths' single "Ask"[8][9] and, as his Leather Boys character, on the cover of The Smiths' single "William, It Was Really Nothing" (only CD version)[10] and with co-star Rita Tushingham in the promotional video for "Girlfriend In A Coma".[11]

He died on 1 March 2018, at the age of 81.[1] Campbell's granddaughter is 1990s pop singer Shola Ama.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Leather Boys Reggie
1964 Saturday Night Out Jamey
1965 The High Bright Sun Emile Andros
1980 Bloody Kids Conductor TV movie
1983 Another Time, Another Place Accordionist
1985 My Beautiful Laundrette Madame Butterfly Man
1990 Nuns on the Run Norm
1990 I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle Moped
2007 Saxon Snout


  1. ^ a b c Raffray, Nathalie. "Colin Campbell funeral: Stonebridge actor famed for Leather Boys role sent off by a fleet of Ace Cafe bikers". Kilburn Times.
  2. ^ Pratt, Douglas (2005). Doug Pratt's DVD: Movies, Television, Music, Art, Adult, and More!. UNET 2. p. 702. ISBN 9781932916010.
  3. ^ "Children's Hour". March 31, 1951. p. 40 – via BBC Genome.
  4. ^ "Children's Television: Huckleberry Finn: 1: The Widow Douglas's". November 4, 1952. p. 47 – via BBC Genome.
  5. ^ "Colin Campbell | Theatricalia".
  6. ^ "Colin Campbell". BFI.
  7. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Family at War, A (1970-72)".
  8. ^ ""Ask" [original edition]". PassionsJustLikeMine.
  9. ^ "The Smiths – Ask". Discogs.
  10. ^ "William It Was Really Nothing". PassionsJustLikeMine.
  11. ^ White, Armond (August 10, 2017). "The Smiths: The Open Secret of 'Girlfriend in a Coma'".
  12. ^ III, Harris M. Lentz (May 30, 2019). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2018. McFarland. ISBN 9781476636559 – via Google Books.

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