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Sidney James (II) (1913–1976)

The star of the Carry On series of films, Sid James originally came to prominence as sidekick to the ground breaking British comedy actor Tony Hancock, on both radio and then television. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and named Solomon Joel Cohen, James arrived in England in 1946, second wife in tow, having served with the South African Army ... See full bio »

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Carry on Again Doctor Gladstone Screwer
Carry On... Don't Lose Your Head
Carry On... Don't Lose Your Head Sir Rodney Ffing / The Black Fingernail
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 1971-1976 Bless This House (TV Series)
Sid Abbott / Alf Carter
- Some Enchanted Evening (1976) ... Sid Abbott
- The Phantom Pools Winner (1976) ... Sid Abbott
- A Matter of Principle (1976) ... Sid Abbott
- Well, Well, Well (1976) ... Sid Abbott
- Friends and Neighbours (1976) ... Sid Abbott
 1975 Carry on Laughing! (TV Series)
Sir Francis Drake / Lovelace / Baron Hubert / ...
- Orgy and Bess (1975) ... Sir Francis Drake (as Sid James)
- The Sobbing Cavalier (1975) ... Lovelace (as Sid James)
- The Baron Outlook (1975) ... Baron Hubert (as Sid James)
- The Prisoner of Spenda (1975) ... Prince Rupert / Arnold Basket (as Sid James)
 1974 Carry on Dick
Big Dick Turpin / Reverend Flasher
 1973 Carry on Christmas (TV Movie)
Santa (Mr Belcher) / Seed Pod / Sir Henry / ... (as Sid James)
 1973 Carry on Girls
Sidney Fiddler
 1972 Carry on Abroad
Vic Flange
 1972 Bless This House
Sid Abbot
 1972 Carry on Matron
Sid Carter
 1971 All This, and Christmas Too! (TV Movie)
Sid Jones
 1971 Carry on at Your Convenience
Sid Plummer
 1971 Carry on Henry VIII
King Henry VIII
 1970 Carry on Again Christmas (TV Movie)
Long John Silver (as Sid James)
 1970 Carry on Loving
Sidney Bliss
 1970 Stop Exchange
The Tramp
 1969-1970 Two in Clover (TV Series)
Sid Turner
- Episode #2.6 (1970) ... Sid Turner (as Sid James)
- Episode #2.5 (1970) ... Sid Turner (as Sid James)
- Episode #2.4 (1970) ... Sid Turner (as Sid James)
- Episode #2.3 (1970) ... Sid Turner (as Sid James)
- Episode #2.2 (1970) ... Sid Turner (as Sid James)
 1970 Carry on Up the Jungle
Bill Boosey
 1969 All Star Comedy Carnival (TV Movie)
 1969 Carry on Christmas (TV Movie)
Ebenezer Scrooge (as Sid James)
 1969 Carry on Again Doctor
Gladstone Screwer
 1969 The Bruce Forsyth Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 25 June 1969 (1969) ... (as Sid James)
- Episode dated 18 June 1969 (1969) ... (as Sid James)
 1969 Carry on Camping
Sid Boggle
 1968 Carry On... Up the Khyber
Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond
 1966-1968 George and the Dragon (TV Series)
George Russell
- Love Is a Many Splendoured Thing (1968) ... George Russell (as Sid James)
- Floribunda Gabrielle (1968) ... George Russell (as Sid James)
- Life Insurance (1968) ... George Russell (as Sid James)
- Gabrielle's Birthday (1968) ... George Russell (as Sid James)
- The Football Match (1968) ... George Russell (as Sid James)
 1967 Carry on Doctor
Charlie Roper
 1967 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
- Episode #6.1 (1967)
 1966 Carry On... Don't Lose Your Head
Sir Rodney Ffing / The Black Fingernail
 1966 Where the Bullets Fly
Mortuary Attendant
 1966 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Basher Bates
- Don't Utter a Note (1966) ... Basher Bates (as Sid James)
 1965 Carry on Cowboy
Johnny Finger, the Rumpo Kid
 1965 The Big Job
George Brain
 1965 Tokoloshe
Harry Parsons (as Sid James)
 1965 Three Hats for Lisa
Sid Marks
 1964 Carry on Cleo
Mark Antony
 1964 Contest Girl
Butlin Judge (as Sydney James)
 1963-1964 Taxi! (TV Series)
Sid Stone
- It's a Mug's Game (1964) ... Sid Stone (as Sid James)
- Two-Five-Two (1964) ... Sid Stone (as Sid James)
- We've Got to Live in the Winter (1964) ... Sid Stone (as Sid James)
- Will You Marry Face? (1964) ... Sid Stone (as Sid James)
- Christmas in May (1964) ... Sid Stone (as Sid James)
 1963 Carry on Cabby
Charlie Hawkins
 1962 We Joined the Navy
Dance Instructor (uncredited)
 1960-1962 Citizen James (TV Series)
Sidney Balmoral James
- The Jury (1962) ... Sidney Balmoral James (as Sid James)
- The Tube Station (1962) ... Sidney Balmoral James (as Sid James)
- The Librarian (1962) ... Sidney Balmoral James (as Sid James)
- The Watchdog (1962) ... Sidney Balmoral James (as Sid James)
- A Perfect Friendship? (1962) ... Sidney Balmoral James (as Sid James)
 1962 Carry on Cruising
Captain Wellington Crowther
 1961 What a Whopper
 1961 No Place Like Homicide!
Syd Butler
 1961 Roommates
 1961 Double Bunk
 1961 The Green Helmet
Richie Launder
 1961 A Weekend with Lulu
Café Patron
 1961 Carry on Regardless
Bert Handy
 1960 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Sidney Balmoral James
- Episode dated 25 December 1960 (1960) ... Sidney Balmoral James (as Sid James)
 1960 The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's
Alphonse O'Reilly
 1960 Watch Your Stern
Chief Petty Officer Mundy
 1956-1960 Hancock's Half Hour (TV Series)
Sidney Balmoral James / General Sidski
- The Poison Pen Letters (1960) ... Sidney Balmoral James (as Sid James)
- The East Cheam Centenary (1960) ... Sidney Balmoral James
- The Photographer (1960) ... Sidney Balmoral James
- The Ladies' Man (1960) ... Sidney Balmoral James (as Sid James)
- The Baby Sitters (1960) ... Sidney Balmoral James
 1960 Carry on, Constable
Sgt. Frank Wilkins
 1960 And the Same to You
Sammy Gatt
 1959 Tommy the Toreador
 1959 Desert Mice
 1959 Upstairs and Downstairs
P.C. Edwards
 1959 Idol on Parade
 1959 The 39 Steps
 1959 Too Many Crooks
 1959 Make Mine a Million
Sid Gibson
 1958 The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
The Drunk
 1958 Hell, Heaven or Hoboken
Porter Y.M.C.A.
 1958 William Tell (TV Series)
- Secret Death (1958) ... Schaffner
 1958 The Man Inside
 1958 Next to No Time
Albert, Cabin Steward
 1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Wally Burton
- The Chigwell Chicken (1958) ... Wally Burton
 1958 Another Time, Another Place
Jake Klein
 1958 Educated Evans (TV Series)
Sam Spiegel
- Stand Up and Fight (1958) ... Sam Spiegel
 1958 East End, West End (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1958) ... Sid
- Episode #1.5 (1958) ... Sid
- Episode #1.4 (1958) ... Sid
- Episode #1.3 (1958) ... Sid
- Episode #1.2 (1958) ... Sid
 1958 The Silent Enemy
Chief Petty Officer Thorpe
 1957 Pantomania: Babes in the Wood (TV Movie)
The Genie / Friar Tuck
 1957 A King in New York
Johnson - TV Advertiser
 1957 Campbell's Kingdom
 1957 Hell Drivers
 1957 The Shiralee
 1957 Shadow Squad (TV Series)
Spinner Burke
- Soho Serenade: Part 2 (1957) ... Spinner Burke
- Soho Serenade: Part 1 (1957) ... Spinner Burke
 1957 Enemy from Space
Jimmy Hall (as Sydney James)
 1957 Big Time Operators
Mr. Hogg
 1957 Pickup Alley
Joe - First Bartender
 1956-1957 The Crime of the Century (TV Series)
- The Century Closes (1957) ... Abbie (as Sid James)
- The Century Opens (1956) ... Abbie (as Sid James)
- Major Trump (1956) ... Abbie (as Sid James)
- Taffy (1956) ... Abbie (as Sid James)
- Abbie (1956) ... Abbie (as Sid James)
 1957 The New Adventures of Martin Kane (TV Series)
- The Taxi Story (1957) ... Ben (as Sid James)
 1956 The Buccaneers (TV Series)
Chantey Jack
- The Hand of the Hawk (1956) ... Chantey Jack
 1956 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Master Henry
- Outlaw Money (1956) ... Master Henry
 1956 Dry Rot
Flash Harry
 1956 The Iron Petticoat
 1956 The Extra Day
Barney West
 1956 Trapeze
Snake Charmer
 1956 Wicked as They Come
Frank Allenborg
 1956 Ramsbottom Rides Again
Black Jake
 1955 A Yank in Ermine
Nightclub Manager (as Sydney James)
 1955 Joe MacBeth
 1955 The Deep Blue Sea
Man outside bar
 1955 John and Julie
Mr. Pritchett
 1955 A Kid for Two Farthings
Ice Berg
 1955 The Glass Tomb
Tony Lewis
 1955 Out of the Clouds
The Gambler
 1955 It's a Great Day!
Harry Mason
 1954 Aunt Clara
Honest Sid
 1954 Orders Are Orders
Ed Waggermeyer
 1954 Shop Spoiled
 1954 Cocktails in the Kitchen
The Foreman
 1954 Crest of the Wave
Seaman Charlie 'Badge' Badger
 1954 The Detective
Bert Parkinson
 1954 The Rainbow Jacket
 1954 Heat Wave
Beverly Forrest
 1954 Young and Willing
Syd Baden
 1953 The Wedding of Lilli Marlene
Fennimore Hunt
 1953 Escape by Night
Gino Rossi (as Sydney James)
 1953 Norman Conquest
Supt. Williams
 1953 Will Any Gentleman...?
Mr. Hobson
 1953 The Square Ring
 1953 The Passing Show (TV Series)
Actor / Bit part
- All Our Yesterdays (1953) ... Actor
- Our Marie (1953) ... Bit part
 1953 Bad Blonde
 1953 The Titfield Thunderbolt
 1953 The Yellow Balloon
Barrow Boy (as Sydney James)
 1953 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
- Our Marie (1953)
 1953 The Slasher
Police Sergeant
 1952 Miss Robin Hood
 1952 The Assassin
 1952 Father's Doing Fine
Taxi Driver
 1952 Glory at Sea
Ned Hardy, Owner Golden Bull
 1952 Time, Gentlemen, Please!
Eric Hace
 1952 The Hundred Hour Hunt
Danny Marks
 1952 The Frightened Bride
Mr. Spencer
 1952 I Believe in You
Sergeant Body
 1951 The Magic Box
Sergeant in Storeroom (as Sydney James)
 1951 Bikini Baby
Lew Beeson
 1951 The Lavender Hill Mob
 1951 The Galloping Major
Bottomley - the bookmaker
 1951 Talk of a Million
John C. Moody
 1950 Last Holiday
Joe Clarence
 1950 Family Affairs (TV Series)
Mr. Hamburger
- The Laughing Cavalier (1950) ... Mr. Hamburger
 1949 The Man in Black
Henry Clavering / Hodson
 1949 Give Us This Day
 1949 Paper Orchid
Freddy Evans
 1949 Maniacs on Wheels
 1949 Hour of Glory
'Knucksie' Moran, - Barkeeper
 1948 The Front Page (TV Movie)
Hildy Johnson
 1948 Kid Flanagan (TV Movie)
Sharkey Morrison
 1948 No Orchids for Miss Blandish
Ted (uncredited)
 1947 Nightbeat
 1947 It Always Rains on Sunday
Bandleader (uncredited)
 1947 The October Man
Man Crossing Railway Bridge (uncredited)
 1947 Black Memory
Eddie Clinton (as Sydney James)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in the play, "High Button Shoes," at the Hippodrome Theatre in London, England. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 4 Articles | 9 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sid James | Sydney James


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Personal Quote:

Comedy is hard work and I am not really a comedian ... I need funny people around me to get the best out of myself. See more »


He is the father of Stephen James, a musician and sound technician who appeared on Fortran 5's debut album "Blues", in October 1991. The song "Bike" heavily sampled Sid's voice and distinctive laugh. Also, Sidney James' portrait appears on the album cover. See more »


Playing lecherous comedy characters See more »


King of Carry On

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