Noel Davis

Character & Episode: Pawnbroker's Clerk in All Work and No Pay
Born: 01/03/1927, Liverpool, England (as Edgar Davis)
Died: 24/11/2002, London, England

As well as being a reliable supporting actor, Noel Davis was also a casting director. He made his debut in the BBC television series Captain Brasshound's Conversion in 1953. Other appearances included The Adventures of Sir Lancelot and Treasure Island (both in 1957), The Plane Makers (1964) and as Percy Poopdeck in the Rediffusion children's adventure series Orlando, alongside Sam Kydd in the lead role in 1967. Noel would eventually notch up in excess of sixty screen credits. As a casting director, he worked on such productions as Macbeth (1971), Young Winston (1972) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Sadly, he died in 2002 of emphysema, aged 75.

Arnold Diamond

Character & Episode: First Poker Player in The Trouble with Women
Born: 18/04/1915, London, England
Died: 18/03/1992, Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Arnold began his professional career as a librarian, acting in the evenings in local amateur productions. He was injured and captured during the war in Italy and, as a Prisoner of War, started writing and directing plays for the prisoners he was with. After the war, he decided to try and make his living as an actor, so he joined RADA. On completion of his course, he worked in various repertory companies throughout the country, later spent a time with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford.

From 1950, Arnold started to pick up screen roles, beginning with Cairo Road. By the end of his career he had notched up well over one hundred screen appearances in films and television. Through never a household name, he contributed to numerous well-known films and programmes, often in suave roles. His film roles included The Revenge Of Frankenstein (1958), two Carry On films (...Sergeant and ...Constable), The Italian Job (1969) and Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978). He also featured in a prominent role in the Children's Film Foundaton chapter serial Masters of Venus (1962) as a benevolent Venusian.

He was often used in ITC film series such as Danger Man (1964), The Baron (1966), Department S (1969) and of course Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). He also featured several times as Colonel Latignant in The Saint series (1963-1966). His other television roles included the Midlands soap opera Crossroads (1964), The Two Ronnies (various roles, 1973-1975) and Dad's Army (1975). One of his last roles was as a semi-regular in In Sickness and In Health (1985-1989) playing Mr Rabinsky. His final screen appearance came in 1992 in A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia. Shortly after he had completed work on this production, he died from injuries sustained when he had been hit by a car.

Carol Dilworth

Character & Episode: Girl (Vicar's Neice) in For the Girl Who Has Everything
Born: 01/12/1947, Harrow, Middlesex, England

An occasional actress with roles confined mainly to the Sixties, Carol made her screen debut as a child in 1960, appearing in The Patchwork Quilt an ITV Play of the Week. The following year she played a teenage girl in Cliff Richard's film The Young Ones. Later in 1963 she co-starred in the two-part Associated-Rediffusion serial Mr Toby's Christmas, playing Sarah alongside Andrew Sachs (the eponymous Mr Toby), later to find fame as Manuel, the inept but lovable Spanish waiter, in Fawlty Towers. In 1969 Carol appeared in the horror film The Haunted House of Horror and made her final dramatic television appearance in 1971 starring in Budgie with Adam Faith.

Carol was at one time a hostess on The Golden Shot which was hosted by comedian Bob Monkhouse and in 2015 appeared as herself in Bob Monkhouse... The Million Joke Man, a documentary about him. In 1972, she also performed hostess duties on The Sale of the Century, another high rating game show which was presented each week by Nicholas Parsons.

In her personal life, Carol married Len Hawkes, a bassist and singer with pop group The Tremeloes, in 1969. The couple, who remain together today, had two children, Chesney and Keely Hawkes. Chesney had a successful solo career and is perhaps best remembered for his 1991 single The One And Only, which topped the UK charts in 1991.

Eric Dodson

Character & Episode: Vicar in For the Girl Who Has Everything
Born: 01/12/1920, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
Died: 13/01/2000, Gloucestershire, England

Working in theatre until war broke out, Eric joined the Royal Air Force in 1941. Following training in Canada he served in the RAF Coastal Command, flew bombers and was a liaison officer in Yugoslavia. After the war he went back into repertory theatre, initially in Edinburgh. He made his screen debut in 1951 and would remain busy making over one hundred film and television appearances until ill health forced him to retire in the mid-Nineties.

His film appearances include The Dock Brief (1962), Danger by My Side (1962), Strictly for the Birds (1963), Battle of Britain (1969), The Mirror Crack'd (1980), and television movies The Masks of Death (1984) and Jekyll and Hyde (1990). His numerous television credits include playing Jack Pomeroy in Series 3 to 5 of Rumpole of the Bailey. He also appeared in two first-year episodes of The Avengers, the second of which saw him playing One-Fifteen, one of John Steed's bosses. He could also be seen in the sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum as a Brigadier, the Doctor Who story The Visitation, in Porridge as Banyard and in many other roles. He married actress Rosaline Haddon (1926-2011) in 1970, and they remained together until his death in early 2000.

James Donnelly

Character & Episode: Detective in My Late, Lamented Friend and Partner
Born: 06/04/1930, Birkenhead, Merseyside, England
Died: 02/08/1992, Hackney, London, England

A Birkenhead-born actor who made occasional screen and television appearances over a thirty year period starting in the early sixties. An early role was playing Reuben Ward in Coronation Street. Other appearances include The Avengers, The Champions and more recently Taggart, which starred Mark McManus. His last known screen appearance was in 1989 when he appeared in A Casualty Of War.

Section compiled by Darren Senior

Additional research and presentation by Alan Hayes

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