Richard Caldicot

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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(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 prior to training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He then appeared in repertory theatre and on the London stage from 1928. Among numerous West End appearances, he played Lance-Corporal Broughton in the original production of Journey's End from 1929–30,[3] Harry Soames in Edward, My Son (1947–49) and Mr Bromhead in No Sex Please, We're British from 1971 to 1976.[4] His film debut was in The Million Pound Note (1954).[5]

Caldicot's television appearances include The Four Just Men, The Prisoner: "Many Happy Returns", Steptoe and Son, Vanity Fair, Fawlty Towers and Coronation Street. He was also seen in the United States on The Beverly Hillbillies.[6]

Caldicot worked virtually right up till his death in October 1995.[6]



  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. ^ 'Obituaries: Richard Caldicot', The Stage, 16th November 1995, p. 32
  5. ^ Sandra Brennan. "Richard Caldicot – Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos – AllMovie". AllMovie.
  6. ^ a b "Richard Caldicot". BFI. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012.

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