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Joseph Gladwin (22 January 1906 – 11 March 1987) was an English actor, best known for his roles as Fred Jackson in Coronation Street and Wally Batty in the world's longest-running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine (1975, 1976–87).[1][2]

Joe Gladwin
Gladwin as Wally Batty in Last of the Summer Wine
Joseph Gladwin

(1906-01-22)22 January 1906
Died11 March 1987(1987-03-11) (aged 81)
Manchester, England
Other namesJoe Gladwyn
Years active1957–1987
Spouse(s)Lily Anne Wynne (1933–1987; his death)



Gladwin was born at 44 Tatton Street in the Ordsall district of Salford, Lancashire, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (née Dooley) Gladwin. His father was a coal dealer.[3] Gladwin was baptised on 28 January 1906 at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Ordsall, and educated at the parish school. He married Lily Anne Wynne on 30 December 1933 at Mount Carmel Church. Gladwin was appointed a Papal Knight (of the Order of St. Gregory the Great)[4] for his charity work.[5]

Before his professional career took off, Gladwin performed with The Decoys during World War 2, a Concert Party based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester. This Concert Party ( ENSA) entertained the troops in hospitals and elsewhere. At the time, Gladwin was a driver for a company delivering medicines to chemists (from an interview with Joyce Bishop, 3 November 2018, daughter of one of the members of The Vocals).

Gladwin served as Northern representative of the Catholic Stage Guild.[6] Despite his lifelong rhotacism (which he concealed when acting by substituting the letter R for a guttural sound), he became well known in British television, especially prominent from 1975 until his death in 1987.[citation needed]


Gladwin worked as a 'feed' for Dave Morris for twelve years beginning in 1950.[7] He appeared on British television from the 1960s onwards, making notable appearances in Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green and The Artful Dodger.[8][9] He had a recurring role in Coronation Street between 1961 and 1966 as Fred Jackson, owner of the local fish and chip shop. Gladwin appeared in ‘’Last of the Summer Wine’’ from 1975 to 1986 and had completed work on the show’s ninth series and 1986 Christmas special before his death.[10]

His film credits included appearances in Three Hats for Lisa (1966), Charlie Bubbles (1967), Work Is a Four-Letter Word (1968), The Reckoning (1969), the film version of Nearest and Dearest (1972), Escape from the Dark (1976) and Yanks (1979).[11][1]

Year Title Role
1959 The Artful Dodger Cedric Butterworth
1961, 1963–1964, 1966 Coronation Street Fred Jackson 7 Episodes
1968 to 1973 Nearest and Dearest Stan Hardman
1975 The Sweeney Stanley Proctor
1975 The Wackers Joe Farrell
1975 to 1976 Striker Harry
1975 to 1987 Last of the Summer Wine Wally Batty
1978 The Losers Dennis Breene
1979 Thundercloud Porter
1979 to 1980 How's Your Father? Mr Blenkinsop
1980 All Creatures Great and Small Len Hamson
1980 Born and Bred Joe Jaikes
1981 Honky Tonk Heroes Albert
1981 Funny Man Autograph hunter
1981, 1984 Juliet Bravo Mr. Long (Episode:- Gorgeous)
Mr. Small (Episode:- Lost and Found; as Joe Gladwyn)
1982 Tales of the Unexpected Heeney


Gladwin died on 11 March 1987, aged 81, in Manchester. He is buried at St Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery just off the A6 road at Wardley, Greater Manchester.


  1. ^ a b "Joe Gladwin".
  2. ^ "Joe Gladwin".
  3. ^ 'Summer Winos' interview with Jonathan Linsley, 8 June 2018 URL= Date accessed= 22 August 2018
  4. ^ British Theatrelog volume 1 issue 8, TQ Publications, 1978, pg 14
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  6. ^ The Catholic Directory of England and Wales, 1981, pg 393
  7. ^ Kindly leave the stage! The Story of Variety, 1919–1960, Roger Wilmut, Methuen, 1985, pg 199
  8. ^ "Joe Gladwin".
  9. ^ "BBC Television – 26 October 1959 – BBC Genome".
  10. ^ Hayward, Anthony (16 December 2008). "Kathy Staff: Nora Batty in 'Last of the Summer Wine' and veteran of ITV soaps". The Independent. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
  11. ^ "Joe Gladwin – Movies and Filmography – AllMovie". AllMovie.

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