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Derek Francis (7 November 1923 in Brighton – 27 March 1984 in Wimbledon, London) was an English comedy and character actor.[1]

Derek Francis
Actor Derek Francis.jpg
Born(1923-11-07)7 November 1923
Brighton, Sussex, England
Died27 March 1984(1984-03-27) (aged 60)
Wimbledon, London, England
OccupationActor
Known forCarry On films

He was a regular in the Carry On film players, appearing in six of the films in the 1960s and 1970s.[2] He appeared in The Tomb of Ligeia (1964), the last film in Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe series.[3] He also took roles in several BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. His last role was in the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol.[4][5]

Other roles included parts in television series of the period such as Rising Damp, Bless Me, Father, The Professionals, The Sweeney, Sherlock Holmes, The New Avengers, Danger Man, Jason King, Up Pompeii!, Wild, Wild Women, Coronation Street, and Z-Cars.[6] He also appeared as the Emperor Nero, a comic turn in the early Doctor Who story entitled The Romans opposite William Hartnell.[7] Possibly his most prominent role was as the sub-prior in charge of novices in Oh Brother!.

Among his stage roles was the title character in Cymbeline for the Old Vic in 1957.[8]

He died of a heart attack in Wimbledon, London.[9]

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Derek Francis". BFI.
  2. ^ Carry-On Actors. Books.google.com.
  3. ^ "' Tomb of Ligeia' Brings Vincent Price to Palace Screen". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Derek Francis movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography". AllMovie.
  5. ^ "Christmas Carol, A (1984) - Overview". Turner Classic Movies.
  6. ^ "A Short Biography of Derek Francis". Radiosoundsfamiliar.com.
  7. ^ "BBC – Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide – The Romans – Details". Bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ The London Stage 1950–1959. Books.google.com. p. 452.
  9. ^ "Overview for Derek Francis". Turner Classic Movies.

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