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Arnold Ridley (1896–1984)


Having sustained injuries during World War I , the young Arnold Ridley was forced to give up a budding acting career and turn to writing. He hit the jackpot with 'The Ghost Train' which was a great West End success and has been filmed several times. This was followed by a number of other plays during the 1920s and 1930s. In later life he returned ... See full bio »

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Known For

Dad's Army Pte. Charles Godfrey / Fakir
(1968-1977)
Royal Eagle Writer
(1936)
The Ghost Train Saul Hodgkin
(1948)
(1933)

Filmography

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 1968-1977 Dad's Army (TV Series)
Pte. Charles Godfrey / Fakir
- Never Too Old (1977) ... Pte. Charles Godfrey
- Number Engaged (1977) ... Pte. Charles Godfrey
- The Miser's Hoard (1977) ... Pte. Charles Godfrey
- Knights of Madness (1977) ... Pte. Charles Godfrey
- The Making of Private Pike (1977) ... Pte. Charles Godfrey
 1975 Hogg's Back (TV Series)
Old Man
- Episode #1.2 (1975) ... Old Man
 1975 The Amorous Milkman
Cinema Attendant
 1973 Carry on Girls
Alderman Pratt
 1973 Thriller (TV Series)
1st Old Man
- A Place to Die (1973) ... 1st Old Man
 1968-1972 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Private Charles Godfrey - Dad's Army segment / Private Godfrey - Dad's Army segment / Private Charles Godfrey
- Christmas Night with the Stars 1972 (1972) ... Private Godfrey - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1970 (1970) ... Private Charles Godfrey - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) ... Private Charles Godfrey - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1968 (1968) ... Private Charles Godfrey
 1971 The Persuaders! (TV Series)
Uncle Rodney
- The Ozerov Inheritance (1971) ... Uncle Rodney
 1971 The Flaxton Boys (TV Series)
Mr. Mooney
- 1928: Snake in the Grass (1971) ... Mr. Mooney
 1968-1971 Crossroads (TV Series)
Rev. Guy Atkins / Guy Atkins
- Episode #1.1495 (1971) ... Guy Atkins
- Episode #1.928 (1968) ... Guy Atkins
- Episode #1.900 (1968) ... Rev. Guy Atkins
- Episode #1.835 (1968) ... Guy Atkins
- Episode #1.834 (1968) ... Guy Atkins
 1971 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
Captain Bligh's Crewman
- Episode #5.2 (1971) ... Captain Bligh's Crewman
 1971 Dad's Army
Pte. Godfrey
 1970 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
London club waiter
- Virtue (1970) ... London club waiter
 1970 The Doctors (TV Series)
Percy
- Episode #1.44 (1970) ... Percy
 1970 As Good Cooks Go (TV Series)
Mr. Chalmers
- Tummy Troubles (1970) ... Mr. Chalmers
 1969 Special Branch (TV Series)
Mr. Turner
- The Children of Delight (1969) ... Mr. Turner
 1969 The Contenders (TV Mini Series)
Walrus
- Round One (1969) ... Walrus
 1967-1969 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Jim Gilbert / Herbert Whittle
- Episode #1.870 (1969) ... Jim Gilbert
- Episode #1.869 (1969) ... Jim Gilbert
- Episode #1.868 (1969) ... Jim Gilbert
- Episode #1.867 (1969) ... Jim Gilbert
- Episode #1.700 (1967) ... Herbert Whittle
 1969 Out of the Unknown (TV Series)
Munnings
- Random Quest (1969) ... Munnings
 1968 The Caesars (TV Mini Series)
Nigrinus
- Caligula (1968) ... Nigrinus
 1968 The Very Merry Widow (TV Series)
Sir Frederick Snayle, QC
- Judgement in Paris (1968) ... Sir Frederick Snayle, QC
 1968 The War of Darkie Pilbeam (TV Series)
Hospital patient
- Phase III: August 1945 (1968) ... Hospital patient
 1968 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Tunnicliffe
- Murphy's Law (1968) ... Tunnicliffe
 1967 Beggar My Neighbour (TV Series)
Male juror / Stately Home Owner
- Laying Down the Law (1967) ... Male juror
- Have Car - Won't Travel (1967) ... Stately Home Owner
 1967 Z Cars (TV Series)
Gardener
- I Never Meant to Drop Him: Part 1 (1967) ... Gardener
 1967 The Avengers (TV Series)
Elderly Gent
- Never, Never Say Die (1967) ... Elderly Gent
 1967 Mrs. Thursday (TV Series)
Director
- The Train from Dunrich House (1967) ... Director
 1966 A Man for All Seasons
Innkeeper (uncredited)
 1966 Sergeant Cork (TV Series)
Dr. Diamond
- The Case of the Fellowship Murder (1966) ... Dr. Diamond
 1966 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Series)
Barbedienne
- Torture (1966) ... Barbedienne
 1965-1966 Hugh and I (TV Series)
- Episode #4.13 (1965)
 1965 A Slight Case of... (TV Series)
- Identity (1965)
 1965 The Wednesday Thriller (TV Series)
Mr. Damson
- The Initiate (1965) ... Mr. Damson
 1965 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Mr. Rudman
- Episode #1.805 (1965) ... Mr. Rudman
 1964 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Elderly man
- Heartbeats in a Tin Box (1964) ... Elderly man (uncredited)
 1964 Crooks in Cloisters
Newsagent
 1964 Compact (TV Series)
Harry
- One of Us Must Go (1964) ... Harry
 1963 First Night (TV Series)
Frank Starrett
- Do Me No Favours (1963) ... Frank Starrett
 1963 Wings of Mystery
Mr. Bell
 1962 Brothers in Law (TV Series)
Mr. Butterworth
- Without Due Care (1962) ... Mr. Butterworth
- The Expert Witness (1962) ... Mr. Butterworth
 1962 The Six Proud Walkers (TV Series)
Stage Doorkeeper
- All in the Family (1962) ... Stage Doorkeeper
 1961 The Jelly End Strike (TV Movie)
J. Soott
 1960-1961 Yorky (TV Series)
Jack
- The Actress (1961) ... Jack
- Raggle Taggle (1961) ... Jack
- Wide Boy (1961) ... Jack
- Back to the Land (1960) ... Jack
- Letter in the Post (1960) ... Jack
 1961 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Second Clubman
- Mrs. Skeffington (1961) ... Second Clubman
 1961 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series)
Minister
- A Perfect Stranger (1961) ... Minister
 1960 Inside Story (TV Series)
Mr. Whittle
- The New Broom (1960) ... Mr. Whittle
 1959 The Men from Room 13 (TV Series)
The Cashier
- The Man Who Watched Birds: Part 2 (1959) ... The Cashier
 1959 Great Expectations (TV Mini Series)
Jack
- Episode #1.12 (1959) ... Jack
 1959 Charlesworth (TV Series)
Bank Clerk
- Money to Burn (1959) ... Bank Clerk
 1958 Starr and Company (TV Series)
Harry Crane
- Time to Say Goodbye (1958) ... Harry Crane
- Together and Apart (1958) ... Harry Crane
- Money Worries (1958) ... Harry Crane
- A Friend in Need (1958) ... Harry Crane
- Willie (1958) ... Harry Crane
 1956-1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
John - The Barman / Policeman / Doctor Russell
- Miss Em (1958) ... John - The Barman
- Not Proven (1957) ... Policeman
- Stolen Face (1956) ... Doctor Russell
 1958 White Hunter (TV Series)
Prof. Rosehill
- Run to Earth (1958) ... Prof. Rosehill
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Sodini
- A Gust of Wind (1958) ... Dr. Sodini
 1958 The Man Who Sold Death (TV Movie)
Mr. Penley
 1955-1956 London Playhouse (TV Series)
Blind Beggar
- Jane Clegg (1956)
- The Inward Eye (1955) ... Blind Beggar
 1956 Big City (TV Mini Series)
Street Sweeper
- London - Nobby Clark and Showgirl (1956) ... Street Sweeper
 1951-1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
English doctor / Dr. Chambers
- Such Men Are Dangerous (1954) ... English doctor
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1951) ... Dr. Chambers
 1952 Stolen Face
Dr. Russell
 1951 Green Grow the Rushes
Tom Cuffley
 1949 The Interrupted Journey
Mr. Saunders (uncredited)
 1948 The Ghost Train (TV Movie)
Saul Hodgkin
 1946 The Unguarded Hour (TV Movie)
Pewson
 1946 The Man with the Cloak Full of Holes (TV Movie)
Father Boyle
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote "Recipe for Murder". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Spouse:

Althea Parker  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I always remember my disappointment the next morning when I found that my hand was still on because I thought, well, if I lost my hand I'm all right, I shall live, they can't send me out without a hand again. I was 20 then, it's not altogether a right thought for a young man to hope that he's been maimed for life. See more »

Trivia:

Like his Dad's Army (1968) character Private Charles Godfrey, he served in the Home Guard during World War II. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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