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Wilfrid Brambell (1912–1985)

Wilfrid Brambell was born on 22 March 1912, in Dublin, Ireland. His first acting experience was when he was aged just two when he entertained wounded soldiers returning from action during the First World War. On leaving school he worked part-time as a reporter for The Irish Times and part-time as an actor at the Abbey Theatre. In World War II he ... See full bio »

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(age 72) in London, England, UK

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 1983 Death and Transfiguration (Short)
Robert Tucker (old age)
 1983 The Terence Davies Trilogy
Robert Tucker (Old Age) (segment: Death and Transfiguration)
 1983 Spooky (TV Series)
The Sexton
- The Restless Ghost (1983) ... The Sexton
 1982 The Island of Adventure
Uncle Jocelyn
 1981 The Little World of Don Camillo (TV Series)
Bishop
- Part 9 (1981) ... Bishop
- Part 6 (1981) ... Bishop
 1980 High Rise Donkey
Ben Foxcroft
 1979 Citizen Smith (TV Series)
Jack
- Only Fool and Horses... (1979) ... Jack
 1978 All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series)
Dinsdale's Brother
- A Dog's Life (1978) ... Dinsdale's Brother
 1978 The Adventures of Picasso
Alice B. Toklas
 1977 Just William (TV Series)
Mr. Buttermere
- A Little Interlude (1977) ... Mr. Buttermere
 1962-1974 Steptoe and Son (TV Series)
Albert Steptoe
- A Perfect Christmas (1974) ... Albert Steptoe
- Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs, Downstairs (1974) ... Albert Steptoe
- Seance in a Wet Rag and Bone Yard (1974) ... Albert Steptoe
- The Seven Steptoerai (1974) ... Albert Steptoe
- Porn Yesterday (1974) ... Albert Steptoe
 1973 Holiday on the Buses
Bert Thompson
 1957-1973 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Tobit / Mr. Fox / Mr. Malone / ...
- Tobias and the Angel (1973) ... Tobit
- A Man Involved (1959) ... Mr. Fox
- Man and Superman (1958) ... Mr. Malone
- Mr. Kettle and Mrs. Moon (1957) ... Alderman Hardacre
 1973 Steptoe and Son Ride Again
Albert Steptoe
 1972 Steptoe and Son
Albert Steptoe
 1971 Catch Me a Spy
Beech (uncredited)
 1970 Never Say Die (TV Series)
Albert
- The Gamblers (1970) ... Albert
- The New Sister (1970) ... Albert
- The Criminal (1970) ... Albert
- The Party (1970) ... Albert
- Goodbye Mr. Bridge (1970) ... Albert
 1970 Some Will, Some Won't
Henry Russell
 1969 Cry Wolf
Delivery man (as Wilfred Brambell)
 1969 Rembrandt (TV Movie)
Beggar Saul
 1969 Carry on Again Doctor
Mr. Pullen (uncredited)
 1969 The Undertakers (Short)
Mr. Mortis
 1969 According to Dora (TV Series)
Various
- Episode #2.4 (1969) ... Various
 1968 Lionheart
Dignett
 1968 Oh Brother! (TV Series)
 1968 Witchfinder General
Master Loach (as Wilfred Brambell)
 1962-1967 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Albert Steptoe
- Episode dated 25 December 1967 (1967) ... Albert Steptoe
- Episode dated 25 December 1962 (1962) ... Albert Steptoe
 1967 Before the Fringe (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1967)
 1966 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
White Rabbit
 1966 Where the Bullets Fly
Train Guard
 1966 The Ken Dodd Show (TV Series)
Albert Steptoe
- Episode #4.1 (1966) ... Albert Steptoe
 1962-1965 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Sam Small / Father / Albert Steptoe
- Sam the Samaritan (1965) ... Sam Small
- Visiting Day (1962) ... Father
- The Offer (1962) ... Albert Steptoe
 1965 San Ferry Ann
Grandad
 1964 Go Kart Go
Fred, Junkman
 1964 Ninety Years On (TV Movie)
Moore Marriott
 1957-1964 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Rev. Canon Chasuble / Mr. Finch
- The Importance of Being Earnest (1964) ... Rev. Canon Chasuble
- The Witness (1957) ... Mr. Finch
 1964 Crooks in Cloisters
Phineas
 1964 A Hard Day's Night
Grandfather
 1963 The Three Lives of Thomasina
Willie Bannock
 1962 In Search of the Castaways
Bill Gaye
 1962 The Boys
Robert Brewer (as Wilfred Bramble)
 1960-1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Jackson / Mr. Harper
- The Long Memory (1962) ... Jackson
- The Wind and the Sun (1960) ... Mr. Harper
 1962 Compact (TV Series)
Dietician
- Efficiency Expert (1962) ... Dietician
 1959-1961 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Lock-Keeper / Mr. Forsythe
- The Sinister Man (1961) ... Lock-Keeper
- Urge to Kill (1959) ... Mr. Forsythe
 1961 The Sinister Man
Lock-Keeper
 1961 Citizen James (TV Series)
- Washing Day (1961)
 1961 What a Whopper
Postie (as Wilfred Brambell)
 1961 The Racketty Street Gang (TV Series)
Ben's Old Man
- Below the Boatyard (1961) ... Ben's Old Man
 1961 Golden Girl (TV Series)
Andy Steele
- The High Man (1961) ... Andy Steele
 1961 Jack's Horrible Luck (TV Movie)
Fred
 1961 Flame in the Streets
Mr. Palmer senior
 1961 Amelia (TV Series)
Small man
- Episode #1.4 (1961) ... Small man
 1961 They Met in a City (TV Series)
Pop
- The Three Buskers (1961) ... Pop
 1961 The Grand Junction Case (Short)
Dr. Stanton
 1961 The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's (TV Series)
Old Jeff
- The New Boy (1961) ... Old Jeff
 1959-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Harry / Grandpa
- Once a Crook (1960) ... Harry
- No Fixed Abode (1959) ... Grandpa
 1960 Maigret (TV Series)
Jacob
- A Man of Quality (1960) ... Jacob
 1960 Julius Caesar (TV Mini-Series)
Soothsayer
- Part 2 (1960) ... Soothsayer
- Part 1 (1960) ... Soothsayer
 1960 Theatre 70 (TV Series)
 1958-1960 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series)
Corder Morris / Doyle
- The Shop at Sly Corner (1960) ... Corder Morris
- A Private Eye for Pennsylvania (1958) ... Doyle
 1960 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Jockey / Belling
- The Constant Widow (1960) ... Jockey
- Stop Press (1960) ... Belling
 1960 Arthur's Treasured Volumes (TV Series)
Mortimer Tadding / Henry
- Pillbeam of Twickenham (1960) ... Mortimer Tadding
- A Blow in Anger (1960) ... Henry
 1960 Urge to Kill
Mr. Forsythe
 1960 The Larkins (TV Series)
Ernshaw
- Home Win (1960) ... Ernshaw
 1959 Captured
 1959 A Christmas Journey (TV Movie)
Old shepherd
 1959 Bleak House (TV Mini-Series)
Krook
- Episode #1.4 (1959) ... Krook
- In Which We Touch Upon a Secret (1959) ... Krook
- Episode #1.1 (1959) ... Krook
 1959 The History of Mr. Polly (TV Series)
Uncle Pentstemon
- Episode #1.3 (1959) ... Uncle Pentstemon
- Episode #1.2 (1959) ... Uncle Pentstemon
 1959 The Torrents of Spring (TV Movie)
Mr. Connor
 1959 Serious Charge
Verger
 1959 World Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
Soothsayer
- Julius Caesar (1959) ... Soothsayer
 1959 After Hours (TV Short)
Peter
 1958-1959 Our Mutual Friend (TV Series)
Mr. 'Dolls'
- Part 11 (1959) ... Mr. 'Dolls'
- Part 10 (1959) ... Mr. 'Dolls'
- Part 9 (1959) ... Mr. 'Dolls'
- Part 8 (1958) ... Mr. 'Dolls'
- Part 5 (1958) ... Mr. 'Dolls'
 1959 William Tell (TV Series)
Josef Harbin
- Landslide (1959) ... Josef Harbin
 1958 The Salvage Gang
The Tramp
 1958 The Freedom of the Prisoner (TV Movie)
Vergenne
 1958 Hotel Imperial (TV Series)
- The Ghost in 312 (1958)
 1958 Murder Bag (TV Series)
Goose Iron
- Case 24 (1958) ... Goose Iron
 1958 Television World Theatre (TV Series)
The Postmaster
- The Government Inspector (1958) ... The Postmaster
 1958 The Thompson Family (TV Series)
Rag and Bone man
- Grandmother (1958) ... Rag and Bone man
 1957 Sword of Freedom (TV Series)
Beppo
- The Bell (1957) ... Beppo
 1957 When We Are Married (TV Movie)
Herbert Soppitt
 1957 Mister Charlesworth (TV Series)
Boffin Beckwith
- The Live Wire (1957) ... Boffin Beckwith
 1957 The Story of Esther Costello
Man in Irish pub (uncredited)
 1952-1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Badger Lee / Old Man / Thin Prisoner / ...
- The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1957) ... Badger Lee
- Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954) ... Old Man / Thin Prisoner
- Rebecca (1954) ... Ben
- The Gamblers (1952) ... Handcart man / Ragged boy
 1957 The Widows of Jaffa (TV Movie)
Haj Amin Abu Khadra (as Wilfred Brambell)
 1957 The Buccaneers (TV Series)
Old Man
- Spy Aboard (1957) ... Old Man
 1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Fisherman / Ned
- The York Treasure (1957) ... Fisherman
- The Final Tax (1957) ... Ned
 1957 Aggie (TV Series)
Seamus
- Cock and Bull (1957) ... Seamus
 1957 The Adventures of Peter Simple (TV Series)
Woodcutter
- A Violent End (1957) ... Woodcutter
 1957 The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (TV Series)
Fisherman
- The Lesser Breed (1957) ... Fisherman (as Wilfred Brambell)
 1956 Dry Rot
Tar Man
 1956 H.M. Tennent Globe Theatre (TV Series)
Tabb
- Rebecca (1956) ... Tabb
 1956 The Black Brigand (TV Series)
Yokel
- The Gypsy Queen (1956) ... Yokel
- An Ass, in Girl's Clothing (1956) ... Yokel
- The Burning Mountain (1956) ... Yokel
 1956 Nom-de-Plume (TV Series)
The Old Man
- The Devil's Tattoo (1956) ... The Old Man
 1956 The Fisherman King (TV Movie)
Philip Pinel
 1956 Tales from Soho (TV Series)
Dashy Flynn
- The Rajah's Rope (1956) ... Dashy Flynn
 1955 Quatermass II (TV Mini-Series)
Tramp
- The Mark (1955) ... Tramp
 1954 The Green Scarf
Court clerk (uncredited)
 1954 Give Them a Ring (TV Movie)
Workman
 1954 Sacrifice to the Wind (TV Movie)
A servant
 1953 The Rose and the Ring (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Spinachii
- Part 3 (1953) ... Lord Spinachii (as Wilfred Brambell)
 1953 The Quatermass Experiment (TV Series)
A Drunk
- An Unidentified Species (1953) ... A Drunk
 1948 Another Shore
Moore (as Wilfred Brambell)
 1948 Happy as Larry (TV Movie)
First tailor (as Wilfred Brambell)
 1947 Eyes That Kill
Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
 1947 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie)
Station master
 1947 Odd Man Out
Standing Passenger on Tram (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He acted in Arnold Ridley's play, "The Ghost Train," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with James Villiers, Geoffrey Davies, Allan Cuthbertson, Veronica Strong, Louise Purnell, Gwen Nelson, and Judy Buxton in the cast. Bill Hays was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Wilfred Brambell | Wilfred Bramble

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Trivia:

Released two 45rpm singles, 'Second Hand' with B Side 'Rag Time Ragabone Man'. See more »

Trademark:

Often played old man roles much older than his true age

Star Sign:

Aries

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