Reginald Herbert Lockwood (30 October 1912 – 24 April 1996), known professionally as Preston Lockwood, was an English radio and television actor.[3]

Preston Lockwood
Reginald Herbert Lockwood

(1912-10-30)30 October 1912
West Ham, Essex, England
Died24 April 1996(1996-04-24) (aged 83)
Middlesex, England
Years active1958–1996
Spouse(s)Gerda Benko (1945–1996) (his death)[1]

The only son of bus driver Herbert Lewis Lockwood and his wife Ethel May (née Preston), Lockwood was born in Essex; he had two elder sisters, Sylvia (born 1908) and Phyllis (born 1909). He used his mother's maiden name as his stage name.[4][5]

His television credits include the role of Butterfield the butler in several episodes of Jeeves and Wooster. He also appeared in the first episode of The Vicar of Dibley as Reverend Pottle, whose death midway through the prayers served as the catalyst for Geraldine Granger's (Dawn French) arrival.

Other appearances include Poldark, Shoestring, Doctor Who, Keeping Up Appearances, Tenko, Miss Marple, All Creatures Great and Small and Inspector Morse.

His performances on BBC Radio include Dennis the Dachshund in Children's Hour's Toytown.

One of his final roles was as Coriakin the magician in the 1989 BBC TV adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one of Chronicles of Narnia.


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Julius Caesar Trebonius
1972 Lady Caroline Lamb 1st Partner Uncredited
1973 The Best Pair of Legs in the Business 3rd Chemist
1974 The Black Windmill Ilkeston
1974 Ransom Brigadier Hislop
1977 Crossed Swords Father Andrew
1978 Absolution Father Hibbert
1981 Time Bandits Neguy
1983 Doctor Who Dojjen Episode: "Snakedance: Parts: One, Three and Four"
1983 The Pirates of Penzance Orchestra conductor
1984 Scandalous Leslie
1984 Electric Dreams Man at Concert
1988 Consuming Passions Josiah
1988 High Spirits Great Uncle Peter
1988 The Girl in a Swing Man at Sothebys
1988 Pulse Pounders (Dungeonmaster 2 sequence)
1989 The Lady and the Highwayman Vicar TV movie
1990 The Fool Mr Benjamin
1994 The Vicar of Dibley Vicar Pottle Episode: "The Arrival"
1994 Keeping Up Appearances Mr Mawsby Episode: "Angel Gabriel Blue"


  1. ^ "Google Groups".
  2. ^ "Obituary: Preston Lockwood". 1996-05-22.
  3. ^ "Preston Lockwood".
  4. ^ "Lockwoods from Spanby, Lincolnshire".
  5. ^ "Lockwoods from Spanby, Lincolnshire".

External linksEdit