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Ian Lavender Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Birmingham, England, UK
Birth NameArthur Ian Lavender
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ian Lavender attended Bournville Technical College in the West Midlands and then studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He graduated in 1967. Acting on the stage at Canterbury followed and his first television work was the ATV play "Flowers At My Feet" in 1968. He then became the youngest cast member of Dad's Army (1968), working with veterans Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and John Laurie.

Much of Lavender's subsequent television work came in the form of comedy roles. He is also an accomplished stage actor though, having performed in repertory and at the West End. He loves cricket, golf and gardening.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Michele Hardy (1993 - present)
Suzanne Kerchiss (1967 - 1976) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

His character in Dad's Army (1968), Private Pike was actually based on one of the writers, Jimmy Perry, as a young man.
Has appeared in many pantomines, one being Mother Goose.
His co-star in EastEnders (1985), Wendy Richard, also appeared in a few episodes of Dad's Army (1968).
Successfully fought cancer of the bladder in the late 1980s and suffered a mild heart attack in 2004.
He is a celebrity supporter of the Orchid Cancer Appeal in the United Kingdom.
With the death of Clive Dunn on November 6, 2012, he is the last surviving main cast member of Dad's Army (1968) to have played a member of the Home Guard platoon.
A huge Buster Keaton fan since childhood, after being taken to a screening of The General (1926). He has cited the time he found the star's grave in Hollywood's Fountain Lawns cemetery as his proudest moment.
Met Michele Hardy when she was the assistant choreographer during rehearsals for a stage production of Dad's Army and were together for 16 years before marrying in 1993.
As at October 2016 he and Frank Williams (the vicar) are the only surviving regular members of the Dad's Army cast.
Father of Daniel (b. 1973) and Sam Lavender (b. 1975) from his first marriage.
Son of Edward (1908-1974) and Kathleen (née Johnson) Lavender (1908-1979).
Younger brother of Edward Lavender (b. 1939).

Personal Quotes (3)

It's rather sad that Dad's Army (1968) has to be repeated on the TV, although I'm delighted to see it, of course. But there's a need for it because they're not making programmes for the whole family to watch. Sadly, everything now is done for demographics, whether it's selling a chocolate bar or television (2008).
It's amazing that there are children watching this (Dad's Army (1968)) now whose parents were not born when we started. But it's because it's so funny, and all the family can watch it, your sick granny, the kids, everyone.
I'm not happy with making or selling anything for a particular group. Why cut people out? It's divisive. Why make things that only your children want?

Salary (1)

Carry on Behind (1975) £1,000

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