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Bernard Bresslaw (1934–1993)


A RADA scholar who was spotted by Laurence Olivier, Bernard Bresslaw got professional security from the "Carry On" films but was typecast (as TV's The Army Game (1957) had done earlier). He was beginning to extend himself through stage work when, in 1993, just before a performance in "The Taming Of The Shrew" in Regent's Park, London, he had a ... See full bio »

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Krull Cyclops
(1983)
(1968)
(1970)
Carry on Doctor Ken Biddle
(1967)

Filmography

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 1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series)
Very Big Man - Ministry of Telephones
- Prague, August 1917 (1993) ... Very Big Man - Ministry of Telephones
 1992 The Life and Times of Henry Pratt (TV Mini-Series)
Concert Secretary
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Concert Secretary
 1992 Leon the Pig Farmer
Rabbi Hartmann
 1992 Virtual Murder (TV Series)
Lithgow
- Meltdown to Murder (1992) ... Lithgow
 1989 Astérix et le coup du menhir
Obelix (English version, voice)
 1989 The Russ Abbot Show (TV Series)
- Episode #4.2 (1989)
 1988 Emu's Wide World (TV Series)
Count Drackenstein
- Episode #3.13 (1988) ... Count Drackenstein
- Episode #3.12 (1988) ... Count Drackenstein
- Episode #3.11 (1988) ... Count Drackenstein
- Episode #3.10 (1988) ... Count Drackenstein
- Episode #3.9 (1988) ... Count Drackenstein
 1977-1988 The Sooty Show (TV Series)
Genie
- Sooty's Magic Lamp (1988) ... Genie
- Episode #15.11 (1977)
 1987 The Book Tower (TV Series)
- Episode #9.8 (1987)
- Episode #9.7 (1987)
- Episode #9.6 (1987)
- Episode #9.5 (1987)
- Episode #9.4 (1987)
 1987 T-Bag Bounces Back (TV Series)
Omar
- Nights in Arabia (1987) ... Omar
 1985 The Giddy Game Show (TV Series)
Gorilla
- Episode dated 19 December 1985 (1985) ... Gorilla (voice)
 1985 Mann's Best Friends (TV Series)
Duncan
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Duncan
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Duncan
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Duncan
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Duncan
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Duncan
 1983 Androcles and the Lion (TV Movie)
Ferrovius
 1983 Krull
Cyclops
 1982 Terry and June (TV Series)
Morris
- Playing Pool (1982) ... Morris
 1979-1980 Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (TV Series)
Smythe
- The Case of Smith & Smythe (1980) ... Smythe
- A Motive for Murder (1979) ... Smythe
 1980 Hawk the Slayer
Gort, Giant
 1979 The Fifth Musketeer
Bernard
 1977 Jabberwocky
The Landlord
 1977 Joseph Andrews
Parson Trulliber (uncredited)
 1976 Well Anyway (TV Series)
Thug
- Still (1976) ... Thug
 1975 Carry on Behind
Arthur Upmore
 1975 Carry on Laughing! (TV Series)
Dr. Pavingstone / Klanger / Sir Lancelot / ...
- Lamp-Posts of the Empire (1975) ... Dr. Pavingstone
- Who Needs Kitchener? (1975) ... Klanger
- Short Knight, Long Daze (1975) ... Sir Lancelot
- And in My Lady's Chamber (1975) ... Starkers
- Under the Round Table (1975) ... Sir Pureheart
 1974 Sykes (TV Series)
Johnny Brunswick
- The Band (1974) ... Johnny Brunswick
 1974 Old Dracula
Pottinger
 1974 Carry on Dick
Sir Roger Daley
 1974 Men of Affairs (TV Series)
Hall Porter
- A Fair Cop (1974) ... Hall Porter
 1973 Carry on Christmas (TV Movie)
Bodkin Pod / Boll / 1st Dart Player / ...
 1973 Carry on Girls
Peter Potter
 1973 Ooh La La! (TV Series)
Carlos Homenides de Histangua
- Caught in the Act (1973) ... Carlos Homenides de Histangua
 1973 Arthur of the Britons (TV Series)
Saxon Leader
- The Wood People (1973) ... Saxon Leader
 1972 Blinker's Spy-Spotter
South
 1972 Carry on Abroad
Brother Bernard
 1972 Carry on Matron
Ernie Bragg
 1972 Clochemerle (TV Series)
Nicholas The Beadle
- The Glorious Triumph of Barthelemey Piechut (1972) ... Nicholas The Beadle
- The Painful Infliction of Nicholas the Beadle (1972) ... Nicholas The Beadle
- The Awful Awakening of Claudius Brodequin (1972) ... Nicholas The Beadle
- The Spirited Protest of Justine Pulet (1972) ... Nicholas The Beadle
- The Triumphant Inauguration of a Municipal Amenity (1972) ... Nicholas The Beadle
 1971 Carry on at Your Convenience
Bernie Hulke
 1971 The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins
Mr. Violet (segment "Avarice")
 1971 The Goodies (TV Series)
Zookeeper in Charge of the Monster House
- Scotland (1971) ... Zookeeper in Charge of the Monster House
 1971 Up Pompeii
Nero's Champion / Gorgo
 1970 Carry on Again Christmas (TV Movie)
Rollicky Bill
 1970 Carry on Loving
Gripper Burke
 1970 Carry on Up the Jungle
Upsidaisi
 1970 Spring and Port Wine
Lorry Driver
 1969 Carry on Christmas (TV Movie)
Bob Cratchit / Frank N. Stein's Monster / Spirit of Christmas Future / ...
 1969 Moon Zero Two
Harry
 1969 Doctor in the House (TV Series)
Malcolm
 1969 Carry on Camping
Bernie Lugg
 1968 Carry On... Up the Khyber
Bungdit Din
 1968 Mum's Boys (TV Series)
Leonard Pallise
- Where There's a Will (1968) ... Leonard Pallise
- Cuckoo Plays Cupid (1968) ... Leonard Pallise
- The Root of Evil (1968) ... Leonard Pallise
- That's What Friends Are For (1968) ... Leonard Pallise
- Tune on an Old Fiddle (1968) ... Leonard Pallise
 1968 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Percy (Embassy footman)
- Stiff Upper Lip (1968) ... Percy (Embassy footman)
 1967 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Ice Warrior Varga, The Leader / Varga, The Ice Warrior
- The Ice Warriors: Episode Six (1967) ... Ice Warrior Varga, The Leader
- The Ice Warriors: Episode Five (1967) ... Ice Warrior Varga, The Leader
- The Ice Warriors: Episode Four (1967) ... Ice Warrior Varga, The Leader
- The Ice Warriors: Episode Three (1967) ... Ice Warrior Varga, The Leader
- The Ice Warriors: Episode Two (1967) ... Varga, The Ice Warrior
 1967 Carry on Doctor
Ken Biddle
 1967 Follow That Camel
Sheikh Abdul Abulbul
 1967 Sykes Versus ITV (TV Movie)
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Stoker
- Amerika (1966) ... Stoker
 1966 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Alf Beaumont
- Shadow of a Clown (1966) ... Alf Beaumont
 1966 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Jackie Paganuzzi
- Barrett Keller: His Mark (1966) ... Jackie Paganuzzi
 1966 Carry on Screaming!
Sockett
 1966 Morgan!
Policeman
 1965 Carry on Cowboy
Little Heap
 1965 Secret Agent (TV Series)
Leo Perrins
- The Outcast (1965) ... Leo Perrins
 1965 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Stephen
- The Stairway (1965) ... Stephen
 1964 Richard Whittington Esquire (TV Movie)
Brown
 1964 Lance at Large (TV Series)
Guest Star
- Episode #1.4 (1964) ... Guest Star
 1964 Sergeant Cork (TV Series)
Chief Warder Holland
- The Case of the Wounded Warder (1964) ... Chief Warder Holland
 1964 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Snout
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1964) ... Snout
 1964 Z Cars (TV Series)
Arthur Timmins
- Cage Until Tame (1964) ... Arthur Timmins
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
Chief Madkeeper
- The Frantick Rebel (1964) ... Chief Madkeeper
 1963 The Dream Maker
Parsons
 1961-1962 The Dickie Henderson Show (TV Series)
- The Actor (1961)
 1961-1962 Our House (TV Series)
William Singer
- Talking Shop (1962) ... William Singer
- Oh, Julie! (1962) ... William Singer
- Safari (1962) ... William Singer
- First Night (1962) ... William Singer
- The Den of Vice (1962) ... William Singer
 1960 Alice Through the Looking Box (TV Movie)
March Hare
 1960 Meet the Champ (TV Series)
Bernie - boxer
- Episode #1.6 (1960) ... Bernie - boxer
- Episode #1.5 (1960) ... Bernie - boxer
- Episode #1.4 (1960) ... Bernie - boxer
- Episode #1.3 (1960) ... Bernie - boxer
- Episode #1.2 (1960) ... Bernie - boxer
 1959 After Hours (TV Series)
- Episode #2.12 (1959)
 1959 The Ugly Duckling
Henry
 1959 Too Many Crooks
Snowdrop
 1959 Carry on Nurse
Ted York (uncredited)
 1957-1958 The Vise (TV Series)
Polonius / Jackson / Callard
- Cheating Cheaters (1958) ... Polonius
- Tough Part (1957) ... Jackson
- Cage of Fear (1957) ... Callard
 1958 I Only Arsked!
Popeye Popplewell
 1958 Blood of the Vampire
Tall Sneak Thief
 1957-1958 The Army Game (TV Series)
Pvt. 'Popeye' Popplewell
- Getting Shot Off (1958) ... Pvt. 'Popeye' Popplewell
- W.R.A.A.C.S. (1957) ... Pvt. 'Popeye' Popplewell
- The New Officer (1957) ... Pvt. 'Popeye' Popplewell
- The Mad Bull (1957) ... Pvt. 'Popeye' Popplewell
- The Army Game (1957) ... Pvt. 'Popeye' Popplewell
 1957 High Tide at Noon
Tom Robey (uncredited)
 1957 No Shepherds Watched (TV Movie)
Eggyboy
 1956 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Sir Dunstan's Captain
- The Black Patch (1956) ... Sir Dunstan's Captain
 1956 Up in the World
Williams (uncredited)
 1956 The Black Tulip (TV Series)
Executioner
- Danger (1956) ... Executioner
 1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Guardsman Arthur Crisp
- Who Goes There! (1956) ... Guardsman Arthur Crisp
 1956 Satellite in the Sky
Technician (uncredited)
 1956 Nom-de-Plume (TV Series)
Dominic
- The Man from the Sea (1956) ... Dominic
 1955 Three Empty Rooms (TV Movie)
2nd Moving Man
 1955 The Glass Tomb
Ivan the Terrible, Cossack Dancer (uncredited)
 1954 The Men of Sherwood Forest
Garth (uncredited)
 1954 Stage by Stage (TV Series)
Alghazil
- The Wonder: A Woman Keeps a Secret (1954) ... Alghazil
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Personal Details

Other Works:

West End debut in The MacRoary Whirl directed by Laurence Olivier at the Duchess Theatre, London See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

6' 7" (2 m)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

He made great efforts to prepare for roles, for example learning genuine Swahili phrases for Carry on Up the Jungle (1970). See more »

Trademark:

Often played well-meaning but dimwitted characters See more »

Nickname:

Bernie

Star Sign:

Pisces

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