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Arthur Lowe (I) (1915–1982)


Lowe, rotund and professionally indefatigable, rightly gained acclaim as an accomplished comedy character actor; fondly remembered as the irascible "Captain Mainwaring" in the Home Guard comedy series Dad's Army (1968) (1968-1977), and as Coronation Street (1960)'s "Leonard Swindley". The only child of a Derbyshire railworker, Lowe gained valuable... See full bio »

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 1983 Wagner (TV Series)
Meser
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Meser
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Meser
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Guest Patient
 1980 Comedy Tonight (TV Movie)
 1980 Sweet William
Captain Walton
 1979 The Plank (TV Short)
Smaller Workman
 1979 The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (TV Movie)
Mr. Beaver (US version, voice)
 1978 Daphne Laureola (TV Movie)
Gooch
 1977 Cottage to Let (TV Series)
Bernard Clayman
- Let's Get Away from It All (1977) ... Bernard Clayman
 1977 The Galton & Simpson Playhouse (TV Series)
Henry Duckworth
- Car Along the Pass (1977) ... Henry Duckworth
 1976 Bill Brand (TV Series)
Watson
- Resolution (1976) ... Watson
 1976 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Javitt
- Under the Garden (1976) ... Javitt
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
Epillicus, the Barber
- The Lost Island (1975) ... Epillicus, the Barber
 1974 Man About the House
Spiros
 1974 Mr. Men (TV Series short)
Narrator
- Mr. Worry ... Narrator (voice)
- Mr. Uppity ... Narrator (voice)
- Mr. Topsy-Turvy ... Narrator (voice)
- Mr. Strong ... Narrator (voice)
- Mr. Nosey ... Narrator (voice)
 1969-1973 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mason / Mr. Cakebread
- Hopcraft Into Europe (1973) ... Mason
- Rogues Gallery: The Wicked Stage (1969) ... Mr. Cakebread
 1973 No Sex Please: We're British
Mr. Bromley
 1973 Armchair 30 (TV Series)
Alfred Potter
- Alfred Potter's Story (1973) ... Alfred Potter
 1973 O Lucky Man!
Mr. Duff / Charlie Johnson / Dr. Munda
 1973 Theatre of Blood
Horace Sprout
 1971 A Hole Lot of Trouble (Short)
Whitehouse
 1970 She Follows Me About (TV Movie)
Rev. Stanley Cuffe
 1970 Jackanory (TV Series)
Reader
 1970 A Cuckoo in the Nest (TV Movie)
Major Bone
 1970 Rookery Nook (TV Movie)
Harold Twine
 1970 Fragment of Fear
Mr. Nugent
 1970 Some Will, Some Won't
Police Sergeant
 1970 Spring and Port Wine
Mr. Aspinall
 1970 It's Tommy Cooper (TV Series)
Dr. Jekyll
- Episode #1.2 (1970) ... Dr. Jekyll
 1969 The Coward Revue (TV Movie)
 1969 Plays of Today (TV Series)
The Headmaster
- A Voyage Round My Father (1969) ... The Headmaster
 1969 World in Ferment (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1969)
 1969 Rogues' Gallery (TV Series)
Mr. Cakebread
- The Wicked Stage (1969) ... Mr. Cakebread
 1969 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Eric
- Murder: When Robin Was a Boy (1969) ... Eric
 1969 It All Goes to Show (Short)
Councillor Henry Parker
 1968 If....
Mr. Kemp: Staff
 1968 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Colonel Harrup
- A Night with Mrs. Da Tanka (1968) ... Colonel Harrup
 1960-1968 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Godsall / Det. Sgt. Wimpole / Tailor / ...
- Mrs Capper's Birthday (1968) ... Mr. Godsall
- A Nice Little Business (1964) ... Det. Sgt. Wimpole
- The Snag (1963) ... Tailor
- A Night Out (1960) ... Mr. King
 1967 Red, White and Zero
The Mayor
 1967 The Golden Age (TV Series)
Sir Robert
- The Arts and Leisure (1967) ... Sir Robert
 1967 The Avengers (TV Series)
Sir George Benstead
- Dead Man's Treasure (1967) ... Sir George Benstead
 1965 You Must Be Joking!
Husband
 1958-1964 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Chairman / Mr. Humphries / Dr. Fawcett
- A Case of Character (1964) ... Chairman
- Ladies of the Corridor (1960) ... Mr. Humphries
- Disturbance (1958)
 1958-1963 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr Pickwick / Felton / Joseph / ...
- Mr Pickwick (1963) ... Mr Pickwick
- After the Party (1960) ... Felton
- Once a Crook (1960) ... Joseph
- Test of Truth (1958) ... M. Lacade
 1963 This Sporting Life
Charles Slomer
 1962 Maigret (TV Series)
Monsieur Triboulet
- Seven Little Crosses (1962) ... Monsieur Triboulet
 1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Slippy Wokingham
- So Many Children (1962) ... Slippy Wokingham
 1962 Go to Blazes
Warder
 1962 Z Cars (TV Series)
Jakey Ramsden
- Handle with Care (1962) ... Jakey Ramsden
 1961 Three Live Wires (TV Series)
- The Ring (1961)
 1960-1961 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Simpson / Raymond Watkins
- The Long Stretch (1961) ... Simpson
- Double Fugue (1960) ... Raymond Watkins
 1961 The Pursuers (TV Series)
Pearson
- Supreme Court (1961) ... Pearson
 1960 Sheep's Clothing (TV Series)
Mudor
- Episode #1.4 (1960) ... Mudor
- Episode #1.3 (1960) ... Mudor
- Episode #1.1 (1960) ... Mudor
 1960 Boyd Q.C. (TV Series)
Mr. Biron
- Fiddlers Two (1960) ... Mr. Biron
 1960 Follow That Horse!
Auctioneer (uncredited)
 1960 The Day They Robbed the Bank of England
Bank Official (uncredited)
 1960 The Long Way Home (TV Series)
Joubert
- The French Resistance (1960) ... Joubert
 1960 Inside Story (TV Series)
Fred
- A Present for Penny (1960) ... Fred
 1959 The Boy and the Bridge
Bridge Mechanic
 1959 All Aboard (TV Series)
Sydney Barker, steward
- Episode dated 21 March 1959 (1959) ... Sydney Barker, steward
- Episode dated 14 February 1959 (1959) ... Sydney Barker, steward
 1959 Glencannon (TV Series)
Binney
- The Mean Man from Genoa (1959) ... Binney
 1958 Leave It to Todhunter (TV Series)
Gunsmith
 1958 Black Tide
Garage Owner
 1958 Blind Spot
Garage Mechanic (uncredited)
 1953-1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Albert Davies
- Sounding Brass (II) (1957) ... Albert Davies
- Sounding Brass (I) (1953) ... Albert Davies
 1957 Stranger in Town
Jeweller (uncredited)
 1957 Hour of Decision
Caligraphy Expert
 1957 Six Red Hairs (TV Short)
Uncle
 1957 The Errol Flynn Theatre (TV Series)
- Evil Thoughts (1957)
 1956 High Terrace (uncredited)
 1956 Theft Royal (TV Movie)
Talbot Edwards
 1956 The Green Man
Radio salesman
 1956 Adventure Theater (TV Series)
3rd Drama critic
- Thirty Days to Die (1956) ... 3rd Drama critic
 1956 Who Done It?
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1956 The Gordon Honour (TV Series)
Tim Raffety
- The Wild West Candlestick (1956) ... Tim Raffety
 1955 Breakaway
Mitchell
 1955 Windfall (uncredited)
 1955 Sauce for the Gander (TV Movie)
Mr. Bartlett
 1955 Murder Anonymous (Short)
Fingerprint Expert (uncredited)
 1955 Passage of Arms (TV Movie)
Servant
 1955 The Prince and the Pauper (TV Series)
Judge
- Hendon Hall (1955) ... Judge
 1955 One Way Out
Sam
 1955 The Woman for Joe
George's Agent (uncredited)
 1955 The Wise Cat (TV Movie)
The Fishmonger / The Cup-bearer
 1955 Two Grooms for a Bride
Mr. Fogarty
 1955 The Vale of Shadows (TV Movie)
Police clerk
 1955 The Children of the New Forest (TV Series)
Shopkeeper
- Alone (1955) ... Shopkeeper
 1955 The Olive Jar (TV Movie)
Zi' Dima
 1954 The Last Appointment
Mr. Barrett
 1954 My Uncle Rollo (TV Movie)
Heppon
 1954 The Old Grad (TV Movie)
Vince Brady
 1954 The Mirror and Markheim (Short)
Arthur Henry
 1953 Gilbert Harding Speaking of Murder
3rd Drama critic
 1953 An American Gentleman (TV Movie)
Scots business man
 1951 To Live in Peace (TV Movie)
Friar Silvestro
 1950 Cage of Gold
Short Man (uncredited)
 1949 The Spider and the Fly
Town Clerk
 1949 Poet's Pub
Coach Guide (uncredited)
 1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Reporter
 1949 Stop Press Girl
Archibald (uncredited)
 1949 Floodtide
Pianist (uncredited)
 1948 Dulcimer Street
Commuter on Train (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He acted in Thomas Otway's play, "The Soldier's Fortune," at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England with Sheila Hancock OBE, Charles Thomas, Elizabeth Bell, Bridget Turner, John Nettles, Peter John, and Bernard Gallagher in the cast. Peter Gill was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

Acting must be scaled down for the screen. A drawing room is a lot smaller than a theatre auditorium. See more »

Trivia:

Son, Stephen Lowe (born in January 1953). See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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