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Bobby Ball (I) (1944–2020)


Robert Harper (Bobby Ball) and Thomas Derbyshire (Tommy Cannon) were both born in Oldham. They met in the early 1960s while working as welders in the same factory. Becoming friends, they formed a club act known as "Bobby and Stevie Rhythm", which became the Sherrell Brothers, then The Harper Brothers. Initially they were a vocal duo, but over time... See full bio »

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(1979-1988)
(2011-2017)
The Boys in Blue P.C. Bobby Ball
(1982)
(2009-2021)

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 2009-2021 Not Going Out (TV Series)
Frank
- War (2021) ... Frank
- Carol (2021) ... Frank
- Resolutions (2020) ... Frank
- Driving Home for Christmas (2019) ... Frank
- Halloween (2019) ... Frank
 2019 The Cockfields (TV Mini-Series)
Ray
- Episode #1.3 (2019) ... Ray
- Episode #1.2 (2019) ... Ray
- Episode #1.1 (2019) ... Ray
 2018 Benidorm (TV Series)
Ron Pickford
- Episode #10.9 (2018) ... Ron Pickford
 2017 A Little in Tents
Fisherman
 2011-2017 Mount Pleasant (TV Series)
Barry
- The Finale (2017) ... Barry
- Episode #6.10 (2016) ... Barry
- Episode #6.9 (2016) ... Barry
- Episode #6.8 (2016) ... Barry
- Episode #6.7 (2016) ... Barry
 2013 The Security Men (TV Movie)
Duckers
 2012 Casualty (TV Series)
Gerry Davies
- I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus (2012) ... Gerry Davies
 2009 The Fattest Man in Britain (TV Movie)
Morris
 2005-2008 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Lenny
- Get Out of That, Then (2008) ... Lenny
- Who's That Talking to Lenny? (2006) ... Lenny
- The Swan Man of Ilkley (2005) ... Lenny
 2007 Chute! (TV Series)
Santa
- Episode #1.13 (2007) ... Santa
 2007 The Afternoon Play (TV Series)
Bingo Manager
- Johnny Shakespeare (2007) ... Bingo Manager
 2005-2006 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Topsy Turner / Mr. Turner
- Bad Company (2006) ... Topsy Turner
- Blood Brothers (2005) ... Mr. Turner
 2005 It's a Boy! (Video short)
Bobby the Quail (voice)
 2004 Revolver (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.1 (2004) ... Various Characters
 2004 The Royal (TV Series)
John Wilson
- Cliffhanger (2004) ... John Wilson
 2001 Rex the Runt (TV Series)
Wayne the Zebra
- Wayne the Zebra (2001) ... Wayne the Zebra (voice)
 1999 The Big Stage (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1999) ... (as Cannon and Ball)
 1991 Cannon and Ball's Playhouse: Free Every Friday (TV Movie)
Norman Tubbs
 1991 Cannon and Ball's Playhouse: Growing Concern (TV Movie)
Bobby Barnes
 1991 Plaza Patrol (TV Series)
Trevor Purvis
- The Other Man's Grass (1991) ... Trevor Purvis
- Lilac Time (1991) ... Trevor Purvis
- Sweet Charity (1991) ... Trevor Purvis
- The Tramp Who Never Was (1991) ... Trevor Purvis
- The End (1991) ... Trevor Purvis
 1988 Mr. H Is Late (TV Movie)
Driver's mate
 1988 Cannon and Ball (TV Series)
 1982 The Boys in Blue
P.C. Bobby Ball
 1980 Summer Royal (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1980)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

DVD: Cannon And Ball, Legends Of Comedy, filmed live at the Grand Theatre Blackpool, UK See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | See more »

Alternate Names:

Cannon & Ball | Cannon and Ball | Ball

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Trivia:

Sons - Robert Jr. & Darren from first marriage. The two have been in entertainment from leaving drama college and now work together as a comedy double act, The Harper Brothers. Daughter - Joanne from second marriage to Yvonne. See more »

Trademark:

Red Braces See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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