Frank Mills (British actor)

Frank Mills (born 11 April 1927 in London) is an English actor who has starred in numerous films and television series such as Rumpole of the Bailey.[1] He is best known for his television work, notably the role of Billy Williams in Coronation Street. He has appeared in series such as The Brief, Midsomer Murders, Foyle's War, Flambards and The Palace.[2][3]

He played Commissionaire Peterson in 'The Blue Carbuncle' episode of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1984, and Reginald Crump in Miss Marple: A Pocketful of Rye in 1985.[4][5] Also in 1984 he appeared as Harry Martin, an accountant or book keeper employed by agoraphobic bookmaker Albert Wendle in the Minder episode Get Daley![6] He again appeared in Minder in 1991, this time in the episode The Greatest Show in Willesden in which he played Arthur Daley's barber, Len.[7] He also appeared in Channel 5's revival of Minder starring Shane Richie and Lex Shrapnel.[8] Along with Linal Haft and Paul Brooke he is one of only three actors to appear in both the classic series and this reboot, but starring in different roles in each.

Other television appearances have included Season Three of Hetty Wainthropp Investigates playing Frank Wainthropp (1997), and as William Caulder, an ill-treated pensioner in a retirement home who commits suicide in The Royal episode For Better For Worse (2004).[9][1]

He starred alongside Ray Brooks in the 1984 hit BBC drama "Big Deal" as the grumpy bookmaker Gil.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Frank Mills". BFI.
  2. ^ Frank Mills at IMDb; retrieved 5-11-2012.
  3. ^ "Frank Mills".
  4. ^ "Sherlock Holmes : The Blue Carbuncle (1984) - David Carson, Alan Grint, Paul Annett, John Bruce, Ken Grieve | Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  5. ^ "Miss Marple: A Pocketful of Rye". July 14, 1990. p. 26 – via BBC Genome.
  6. ^ "#4.10 Get Daley".
  7. ^ "#8.9 The Greatest Show in Willesden".
  8. ^ "Thank Your Lucky Stars (2009)". BFI.
  9. ^ "BBC Two - Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Series 3, A Minor Operation". BBC.
  10. ^ "Big Deal". December 9, 1984. p. 45 – via BBC Genome.

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