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Richard Caldicot (7 October 1908 – 16 October 1995) was an English actor famed for his role of Commander (later Captain) Povey in the BBC radio series The Navy Lark.[1] He also appeared often on television, memorably as the obstetrician delivering Betty Spencer's baby in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. [2]

Richard Caldicot
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Richard Caldicot-Bull

(1908-10-07)7 October 1908
Died16 October 1995(1995-10-16) (aged 87)
Years active1928–1994

His father was a civil servant and he attended Dulwich College. He then appeared in repertory theatre and on the West End stage (in the original production of Journey's End) from 1928.[3] He found success in 1947 when he appeared in a stage production of Edward, My Son. His film debut was in The Million Pound Note (1954).[4]

Caldicot's television appearances include The Four Just Men, The Prisoner: "Many Happy Returns", Steptoe and Son, Vanity Fair, and Coronation Street. He was also seen in the United States on The Beverly Hillbillies.[5]

Caldicot worked virtually right up till his death in October 1995.[5]



  1. ^ BBC. "BBC 7 – Comedy – The Navy Lark".
  2. ^ "BBC Two – Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Series 2, The Baby Arrives". BBC.
  3. ^ "Savoy Theatre – Journey's End", The Play Pictorial, February 1929, p. 7
  4. ^ Sandra Brennan. "Richard Caldicot – Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos – AllMovie". AllMovie.
  5. ^ a b "Richard Caldicot". BFI.

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