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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 (1968-1977), 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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Known For

Dad's Army
Dad's Army Capt. George Mainwaring / Barry Mainwaring
(1968-1977)
Pardon the Expression
Pardon the Expression Leonard Swindley
(1965-1966)
The Ruling Class
The Ruling Class Daniel Tucker
(1972)
Mr. Men
Mr. Men Narrator
(1974-1976)

Filmography

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 1983 Wagner (TV Series)
Meser
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Meser
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Meser
 1982 A.J. Wentworth, B.A. (TV Series)
A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- The Outsider (1982) ... A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- Founder's Day (1982) ... A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- IIIA Goes to War (1982) ... A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- Problems, Problems (1982) ... A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- Mud Larks (1982) ... A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Guest Patient
 1978-1981 Bless Me Father (TV Series)
Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- A Mixed-Up Marriage (1981) ... Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Porgy and Bess (1981) ... Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- A Legend Comes to Stay (1981) ... Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Fire & Brimstone (1981) ... Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Beddings and Weddings (1981) ... Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
 1980 Comedy Tonight (TV Movie)
 1979-1980 Potter (TV Series)
Redvers Potter
- Episode #2.7 (1980) ... Redvers Potter
- Episode #2.6 (1980) ... Redvers Potter
- Episode #2.5 (1980) ... Redvers Potter
- Episode #2.4 (1980) ... Redvers Potter
- Episode #2.3 (1980) ... Redvers Potter
 1980 Sweet William
Captain Walton
 1979 The Plank (TV Short)
Smaller Workman
 1979 The Lady Vanishes
Charters
 1979 The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (TV Movie)
Mr. Beaver (US version, voice)
 1978 Daphne Laureola (TV Movie)
Gooch
 1977 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
Capt. George Mainwaring
- 1977 Christmas Show (1977) ... Capt. George Mainwaring
 1968-1977 Dad's Army (TV Series)
Capt. George Mainwaring / Barry Mainwaring
- Never Too Old (1977) ... Capt. George Mainwaring
- Number Engaged (1977) ... Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Miser's Hoard (1977) ... Capt. George Mainwaring
- Knights of Madness (1977) ... Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Making of Private Pike (1977) ... Capt. George Mainwaring
 1977 Cottage to Let (TV Series)
Bernard Clayman
- Let's Get Away from It All (1977) ... Bernard Clayman
 1977 Philby, Burgess and Maclean (TV Movie)
Herbert Morrison
 1977 The Galton & Simpson Playhouse (TV Series)
Henry Duckworth
- Car Along the Pass (1977) ... Henry Duckworth
 1974-1976 Mr. Men (TV Series short)
Narrator
- Mr Forgetful (1976) ... Narrator (voice)
- Mr Jelly (1976) ... Narrator (voice)
- Mr Bounce (1976) ... Narrator (voice)
- Mr Snow (1975) ... Narrator (voice)
- Mr Silly (1975) ... Narrator (voice)
 1976 Bill Brand (TV Mini-Series)
Watson
- Resolution (1976) ... Watson
 1976 The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones
Dr. Thwackum
 1976 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Javitt
- Under the Garden (1976) ... Javitt
 1975 The Royal Variety Performance (TV Movie)
Captain Mainwaring
 1975 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Sir Oliver Surface
- The School for Scandal (1975) ... Sir Oliver Surface
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
Epillicus, the Barber
- The Lost Island (1975) ... Epillicus, the Barber
 1974-1975 David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Micawber
- Episode #1.6 (1975) ... Mr. Micawber
- Episode #1.5 (1974) ... Mr. Micawber
- Episode #1.4 (1974) ... Mr. Micawber
- Episode #1.3 (1974) ... Mr. Micawber
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Mr. Micawber
 1974 Man About the House
Spiros
 1974 Microbes and Men (TV Series)
Louis Pasteur
- Certain Death (1974) ... Louis Pasteur
- Men of Little Faith (1974) ... Louis Pasteur
- A Germ Is Life (1974) ... Louis Pasteur
 1973-1974 Blue Peter (TV Series)
Capt. George Mainwaring
- Episode dated 29 April 1974 (1974) ... Capt. George Mainwaring
- Episode dated 22 February 1973 (1973) ... Capt. George Mainwaring
 1969-1973 ITV Saturday 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 Theater of Blood
Horace Sprout
 1968-1972 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Captain George Mainwaring - Dad's Army segment / Captain Mainwaring - Dad's Army segment / Captain George Mainwaring
- Episode dated 25 December 1972 (1972) ... Captain Mainwaring - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1970 (1970) ... Captain George Mainwaring - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) ... Captain George Mainwaring - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1968 (1968) ... Captain George Mainwaring
 1972 The Ruling Class
Daniel Tucker
 1972 It's Murder But Is It Art (TV Series)
Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake Reveals All (1972) ... Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake Asks Questions (1972) ... Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake Has Visitors (1972) ... Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake and Ars Gratia Artis (1972) ... Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake Goes to Jail (1972) ... Mr. Phineas Drake
 1971-1972 The Last of the Baskets (TV Series)
Redvers Bodkin
- A Tisket, a Tasket (1972) ... Redvers Bodkin
- Nice Work If You Can Keep It (1972) ... Redvers Bodkin
- The Hound of the Baskets (1972) ... Redvers Bodkin
- A Chip Off the Old Block (1972) ... Redvers Bodkin
- Good Queen Bess Slept Here (1972) ... Redvers Bodkin
 1971 Doctor at Large (TV Series)
Dr. Maxwell
- Change Your Partners (1971) ... Dr. Maxwell
- Congratulations- It's a Toad! (1971) ... Dr. Maxwell
- Modernising Major (1971) ... Dr. Maxwell
- Doctor Dish (1971) ... Dr. Maxwell
- You Make Me Feel So Young (1971) ... Dr. Maxwell
 1971 Dad's Army
Capt. Mainwaring
 1971 A Hole Lot of Trouble (Short)
Whitehouse
 1970 She Follows Me About (TV Movie)
Rev. Stanley Cuffe
 1970 Dirty Work (TV Movie)
Clement Peck
 1970 Jackanory (TV Series)
Reader
- The Emperor's Oblong Pancake (1970) ... Reader
 1970 Plunder (TV Movie)
Freddy Malone
 1970 A Cup of Kindness (TV Movie)
Fred Tutt
 1970 Turkey Time (TV Movie)
Edwin Stoatt
 1970 A Cuckoo in the Nest (TV Movie)
Major Bone
 1970 Rookery Nook (TV Movie)
Harold Twine
 1970 Fragment of Fear
Mr. Nugent
 1970 The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (TV Movie)
John Dickens
 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)
Captain George Mainwaring
 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 The Bed Sitting Room
Father
 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
- Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1960) ... Mr. Podgers
 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)
Benstead
- Dead Man's Treasure (1967) ... Benstead
 1967 Turn Out the Lights (TV Series)
Leonard Swindley
- One for Yes, Two for No (1967) ... Leonard Swindley
- You Can't Get the Wood (1967) ... Leonard Swindley
- The Happy Medium (1967) ... Leonard Swindley
- A Big Hand for a Little Lady (1967) ... Leonard Swindley
- Hail Thee, Aunt Shelmadine (1967) ... Leonard Swindley
 1965-1966 Pardon the Expression (TV Series)
Leonard Swindley
- Christmas Special (1966) ... Leonard Swindley
- Down on the Health Farm Something Stirred (1966) ... Leonard Swindley
- The Cup That Cheers (1966) ... Leonard Swindley
- The Switched-On Scene (1966) ... Leonard Swindley
- Thunderfinger: Part 2 (1966) ... Leonard Swindley
 1965 You Must Be Joking!
Husband
 1960-1965 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Leonard Swindley
- Episode #1.449 (1965) ... Leonard Swindley
- Episode #1.446 (1965) ... Leonard Swindley
- Episode #1.431 (1965) ... Leonard Swindley
- Episode #1.421 (1964) ... Leonard Swindley
- Episode #1.391 (1964) ... Leonard Swindley
 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
- Beyond the Horizon (1960) ... Dr. Fawcett
- 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 Mini-Series)
Slippy Wokingham
- So Many Children (1962) ... Slippy Wokingham
 1962 Go to Blazes
Warder
 1962 Leading the Blind (TV Movie)
Fred Oldershaw
 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 Robert Tavener, Deceased (TV Movie)
Leonard Gribble
 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 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Mr. Filby
- The Ring of Truth (1959) ... Mr. Filby
 1959 The Boy and the Bridge
Bridge Mechanic
 1959 All Aboard (TV Series)
Sydney Barker, steward
- Episode dated 30 May 1959 (1959) ... 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
- Rope's End (1958) ... Gunsmith
- Choice of Weapons (1958) ... Gunsmith
 1958 The Freedom of the Prisoner (TV Movie)
Second Commissar
 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 A Stranger in Town
Jeweller
 1957 Hour of Decision
Caligraphy Expert
 1957 Six Red Hairs (TV Short)
Uncle
 1957 The Errol Flynn Theatre (TV Series)
- Evil Thoughts (1957)
 1956 Theft Royal (TV Movie)
Talbot Edwards
 1956 High Terrace (uncredited)
 1956 The Green Man
Radio Salesman
 1956 Breakaway
Mitchell
 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 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 Three Musketeers (TV Mini-Series)
Bonacieux
- The Queen's Diamonds (1954) ... Bonacieux
- D'Artagnan's Mission (1954) ... Bonacieux
- The Queen and the Cardinal (1954) ... Bonacieux
 1954 The Last Appointment
Barratt
 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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He acted in John Osborne's play, "Inadmissible Evidence", in 1964 at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England and in 1965 at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England in with Nicol Williamson, Sheila Allen, Ann Beach and Natasha Pyne in the cast. Anthony Page was the director. See more »

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

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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An actor is an actor is an actor. The less personality an actor has off stage the better. A blank canvas on which to draw the characters he plays. See more »

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Narrated a public information film reminding motorway drivers that the right hand lane is not a "fast lane" but is for overtaking only. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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