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John Wells (I) (1936–1998)

John Wells was born on November 17, 1936 in Ashford, Kent, England as John Campbell Wells. He was an actor and writer, known for For Your Eyes Only (1981), Princess Caraboo (1994) and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984). He was married to Teresa Gatacre (nee Chancellor). He died on January 11, 1998 in Sussex, England. See full bio »


(age 61) in Sussex, England, UK

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 1997 Chalk (TV Series)
Richard Nixon / Mr Nixon
- Women and Football (1997) ... Mr Nixon
- Suzy Arrives (1997) ... Mr Nixon
 1996 Kavanagh QC (TV Series)
Dominic Blake QC
- True Commitment (1996) ... Dominic Blake QC
 1996 Gulliver's Travels (TV Mini-Series)
Flimnap the Treasurer
 1994 Princess Caraboo
Reverend Hunt
 1994 Absolutely Fabulous (TV Series)
Uncle Humphrey
- Morocco (1994) ... Uncle Humphrey
 1994 Under the Hammer (TV Series)
Parsifal Mallows
- Wonders in the Deep (1994) ... Parsifal Mallows
 1993 Screen Two (TV Series)
Dr. Eckhardt
- Genghis Cohn (1993) ... Dr. Eckhardt
 1991 Bottom (TV Series)
- 's Up (1991) ... Doctor
 1991 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Linden Walker
- Who Dares, Sings (1991) ... Linden Walker
 1990 Dunrulin (TV Movie)
Denis Thatcher
 1985-1988 Tickle on the Tum (TV Series)
Farmer Field
- The Blue Rabbit (1988) ... Farmer Field
- The Ghost of Tickle Abbey (1988) ... Farmer Field
- The Magic Beans (1988) ... Farmer Field
- Milking Time (1988) ... Farmer Field
- Superhamster (1987) ... Farmer Field
 1988 Consuming Passions
 1988 The Giftie (TV Movie)
 1987 Casanova (TV Movie)
 1987 Filthy Rich & Catflap (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Judge
 1987 Charlie Chalk (TV Series) (voice)
 1986 Yes, Prime Minister (TV Series)
Godfrey -\sTV Producer
- The Ministerial Broadcast (1986) ... Godfrey -\sTV Producer
 1985 Revolution
 1985 Dutch Girls (TV Movie)
The Headmaster
 1985 The Irish R.M. (TV Series)
- A Friend of Her Youth (1985) ... Chichester
 1982-1985 The Kenny Everett Television Show (TV Series)
- Episode #3.2 (1985) ... Various
- Episode #3.1 (1985) ... Various
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Various
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Various
 1985 Love's Labour's Lost (TV Movie)
 1984 Guilty or Innocent (TV Series)
 1983 Bullshot Crummond
American Scientist
 1982 Anyone for Denis? (TV Movie)
Denis Thatcher
 1980 The Mystery of the Disappearing Schoolgirls (TV Movie)
Lionel the Pigeon (voice)
 1980 Moving Pictures (TV Movie)
 1979 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV Mini-Series)
- Flushing Out the Mole (1979) ... Headmaster (uncredited)
- Smiley Sets a Trap (1979) ... Headmaster
 1979 Rumpole of the Bailey (TV Series)
Daniel Derwent
- Rumpole and the Show Folk (1979) ... Daniel Derwent
 1978 The Light Princess (TV Movie) (voice)
 1978 In the Looking Glass (TV Series)
- Monopoly (1978) ... Various
- Deserts (1978) ... Various
 1976 Let's Sleep on It (Short)
 1976 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Mind Beyond: Stones (1976) ... Porton
 1972-1974 Leeds (TV Series)
- Le Prix de Leeds (1974)
- Leeds Athletic (1974)
- Deadline Leeds (1973)
- Return to Leeds (1972)
 1974 The End of the Pier Show (TV Series)
 1973 Thirty Minutes Worth (TV Series)
- Episode #3.4 (1973) ... (voice)
 1972-1973 Milligan in... (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Milligan in Summer (1973) ... Various Characters
- Milligan in Autumn (1972) ... Various Characters
 1973 Country Matters (TV Mini-Series)
Tpr. Jordon
- An Aspidistra in Babylon (1973) ... Tpr. Jordon
 1973 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Prime Minister
- Elementary My Dear Watson (1973) ... Prime Minister
 1973 The Cobblers of Umbridge (TV Movie)
Peggy Cobbler / Tom Wood / Tony Cobbler
 1972 Rentadick
 1971 Private Eye TV (TV Movie)
 1969 Q9 (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.4 (1969) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.3 (1969) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.1 (1969) ... Various Characters
 1968 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia
Honorable Gavin Hopton
 1967 Asterix the Gaul
Cacofonix (voice, uncredited)
 1967 The Bobo
Pompadour Major Domo
 1967 Casino Royale
'Q's' Assistant
 1967 The Late Show (TV Series)
 1964-1965 Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life (TV Series)
- Episode #1.47 (1965)
- Episode #1.41 (1965) ... Various
- Episode #1.1 (1964) ... Various
 1965 The Flying Alberts (Short)
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He acted in his play, "Anyone for Denis?," at the Whitehall Theatre in London, England with Edward Fox, Nicholas Farrell, Angela Thorne, and Joan Sanderson in the cast. Dick Clement was director. See more »

Alternate Names:

John Campbell Wells

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He was a frequent contributor to the satirical magazine, "Private Eye". In collaboration with Richard Ingrams, he wrote the long-running "Mrs. Wilson's Diary" column (satirising the then Prime Minister's wife) and later the "Dear Bill" column (also with Ingrams), which purported to be the private letters of the husband of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He turned both columns into successful ... See more »



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