Keith Clifford

Keith Clifford (born 20 June 1938 in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire) is a British actor best known for his role as Billy Hardcastle in Last of the Summer Wine between 1999 and 2006.

Keith Clifford
Keith Clifford

(1938-06-20) 20 June 1938 (age 82)
Years active1966–2009


He played Billy Hardcastle on the British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 1999 until he decided to leave the series following the 27th series of 2006. (Billy was a comedy character who believed he was a direct descendant of Robin Hood.) He also made guest appearances on Heartbeat, Dalziel and Pascoe and an episode of Cold Feet, and appeared in the TV film Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise. In 2007 he played Frank Nicholls in Coronation Street having previously appeared in the series in the guises of different characters; that of Les Battersby's mate, Charlie West, and Harry Norton, a showbiz associate of Alec Gilroy.

He won a Sony Radio Award in 1993 for his portrayal of the Lancashire comedian Frank Randle in the radio play Randle's Scandals.

His children are Danny Clifford, Adam Clifford, Rebecca Clifford and Rachel Clifford.

Television rolesEdit

Year Title Role
1997, 1998, 1999 Coronation Street Charlie West
1999, 2000, 2001–2006 Last of the Summer Wine Billy Hardcastle
2001 Dalziel and Pascoe Stan Parry
2004, 2006 Christmas Lights & Northern Lights Eric
2007 Coronation Street Frank Nicholls

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