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Arthur English (1919–1995)


One of Britain's great variety comedians Arthur English was known as 'The Prince of the Wide Boys', a cockney 'spiv' character outrageously dressed on stage and wearing a huge kipper tie. Born in Aldershot, Hants English started his career at an early age appearing in amateur shows but did not become a professional performer until he was 30. He ... See full bio »

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Known For

Are You Being Served?
(1976-1985)
Are You Being Served?
(1977)
Everyday Maths
(1978-1979)
In Sickness and in Health
In Sickness and in Health Arthur / the Man in Pub
(1985-1990)

Filmography

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 1985-1990 In Sickness and in Health (TV Series)
Arthur / the Man in Pub
- Christmas Special (1990) ... Arthur
- Episode #5.10 (1990) ... Arthur
- Episode #5.8 (1990) ... Arthur
- Episode #5.7 (1990) ... Arthur
- Episode #5.5 (1990) ... Arthur
 1987 Never Say Die (TV Series)
Sid
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Sid
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Sid
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Sid
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Sid
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Sid
 1987 High & Dry (TV Series)
Fred Whattle
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Fred Whattle
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Fred Whattle
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Fred Whattle
 1986 Troubles and Strife (TV Series)
Old man
- The Horse's Tale (1986) ... Old man
 1985 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Newspaper Seller
- Deja Vu (1985) ... Newspaper Seller
 1976-1985 Are You Being Served? (TV Series)
Mr. Harman
- The Pop Star (1985) ... Mr. Harman
- Friends and Neighbours (1985) ... Mr. Harman
- The Night Club (1985) ... Mr. Harman
- Gambling Fever (1985) ... Mr. Harman
- The Hold Up (1985) ... Mr. Harman
 1984 Danger: Marmalade at Work (TV Series)
Salvador Barmi
- Marmalade's Masterpiece (1984) ... Salvador Barmi
 1983 Play for Today (TV Series)
Albert
- Wayne and Albert (1983) ... Albert
 1982 Maths Counts (TV Series)
 1982 The Boys in Blue
Farmer
 1982 The Gentle Touch (TV Series)
Jimmy Ogden
- Joker (1982) ... Jimmy Ogden
 1981 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Alfred Doolittle
- Pygmalion (1981) ... Alfred Doolittle
 1981 Funny Man (TV Series)
George Leslie
- Trumpet Voluntary (1981) ... George Leslie
- Song and Dance (1981) ... George Leslie
- Many Happy Returns (1981) ... George Leslie
- A Bee in a Bonnet (1981) ... George Leslie
- Me and My Shadow (1981) ... George Leslie
 1981 Smuggler (TV Mini-Series)
Rummy Culbert
- In at the Death (1981) ... Rummy Culbert
 1978-1979 Everyday Maths (TV Series)
Sam
- Fast and Furious (1979) ... Sam
- Try It for Size (1979) ... Sam
- Say It with Figures: 2 (1979) ... Sam
- Which Way to Go? (1979) ... Sam
- Ten Per Cent Per Ted (1979) ... Sam
 1976-1978 The Ghosts of Motley Hall (TV Series)
Bodkin / 'Boddikins
- Narcissus Bullock's Bell (1978) ... Bodkin
- Party Piece (1978) ... Bodkin
- Skeleton in the Cupboard: Part 2 (1978) ... Bodkin
- Skeleton in the Cupboard: Part 1 (1978) ... Bodkin
- Ghost Writer (1978) ... Bodkin / 'Boddikins
 1973-1977 Crown Court (TV Series)
Billy Baker / Arthur Robins / Eddie Taylor / ...
- Home: Part 3 (1977) ... Billy Baker
- Home: Part 2 (1977) ... Billy Baker
- Home: Part 1 (1977) ... Billy Baker
- Who Killed Cock Robin?: Part 1 (1975) ... Arthur Robins
- Winklers: Part 1 (1974) ... Eddie Taylor
 1977 Are You Being Served?
Mr. Harman
 1976 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Tug Wilson
- Taste of Fear (1976) ... Tug Wilson
 1975-1976 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
- Episode #15.1 (1976)
- Episode #14.10 (1975)
- Episode #14.9 (1975)
- Episode #14.1 (1975)
 1976 Chicken (TV Movie)
Edgar
 1975 Village Hall (TV Series)
Charlie Parker
- Silver Threads (1975) ... Charlie Parker
 1975 Second City Firsts (TV Series)
Charlie
- The Frank Crank Story (1975) ... Charlie
 1974-1975 How's Your Father? (TV Series)
Ted Cropper
- Back to Square One (1975) ... Ted Cropper
- The Laburnam Avenue Job (1975) ... Ted Cropper
- From Here to Infirmity (1975) ... Ted Cropper
- Double Your Money (1975) ... Ted Cropper
- Where There's Muck (1975) ... Ted Cropper
 1974 Barry McKenzie Holds His Own
Cockney Spiv
 1974 Miss Nightingale (TV Movie)
Jennings
 1974 The ITV Play (TV Series)
Albert Parker
- Clap Hands for the Walking Dead (1974) ... Albert Parker
 1974 Thriller (TV Series)
Freddy
- A Coffin for the Bride (1974) ... Freddy
 1970-1974 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Knocker White / Tasty
- Knocker (1974) ... Knocker White
- The Loser (1972) ... Tasty
- The House in Albert Street (1970) ... Knocker White
 1972-1973 Doctor in Charge (TV Series)
Vincent
- The Pool (1973) ... Vincent
- The Devil You Know (1972) ... Vincent
 1973 Malachi's Cove
Jack Combes
 1973 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Carlyle
- Verite (1973) ... Carlyle
 1971-1973 Follyfoot (TV Series)
Slugger
- Walk in the Wood (1973) ... Slugger
- Hazel (1973) ... Slugger
- Rain on Friday (1973) ... Slugger
- The Helping Hand (1973) ... Slugger
- Uncle Joe (1973) ... Slugger
 1973 Love Thy Neighbour
Carter
 1973 Once Upon a Time (TV Series)
Spy
- Buttons (1973) ... Spy
 1973 Barlow at Large (TV Series)
Hall Porter
- Confidence (1973) ... Hall Porter
 1972 For the Love of Ada
Arthur
 1972 Sez Les (TV Series)
- Episode #5.6 (1972)
 1972 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Tom
- Jack Squaler's Time (1972) ... Tom
 1971 Doctor at Large (TV Series)
Vincent
- Pull the Other One! (1971) ... Vincent
- Operation Loftus (1971) ... Vincent
 1971 Coppers End (TV Series)
Landlord
- Episode #1.9 (1971) ... Landlord
- Episode #1.8 (1971) ... Landlord
- Episode #1.6 (1971) ... Landlord
 1971 Bless This House (TV Series)
Traffic Warden
- For Whom the Bells Toll (1971) ... Traffic Warden
 1971 Percy
Pub Comic
 1970 Dad's Army (TV Series)
the Policeman
- Absent Friends (1970) ... the Policeman
 1967-1970 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Arthur Oakley / The Voice
- The Old Contemptible (1970) ... Arthur Oakley
- To Lucifer: A Son (1967) ... The Voice
 1970 Doctor in the House (TV Series)
Vincent
- The Royal Visit (1970) ... Vincent
- It's All in the Little Blue Book (1970) ... Vincent
 1969 Not in Front of the Children (TV Series)
Pet Shop Owner
- A Yap in the Night (1969) ... Pet Shop Owner
 1969 Galton and Simpson Comedy (TV Series)
2nd Angel
- Friends in High Places (1969) ... 2nd Angel
 1969 Charge! (TV Series)
Took
- Master and Man (1969) ... Took
 1967 Beggar My Neighbour (TV Series)
Car salesman
- Have Car, Won't Travel (1967) ... Car salesman
 1965-1966 Hugh and I (TV Series)
- The Suit (1965)
- On the Ball (1965)
 1963 The Hi-Jackers
Bert
 1963 Echo of Diana
Punter in Betting Shop
 1957 Studio E (TV Series)
Actor - Miss Nutts
- Episode #1.18 (1957) ... Actor - Miss Nutts
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Star Sign:

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