Sean Barry-Weske

Character & Episode: Dancer in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?
Born: 02/03/1940, London, England
Died: 26/12/2004, California, USA

A minor actor with some forty credits to his name. However, his father was a well-known stage and silent film actor Victor Weske (1899-1960) and his mother a member of the Ricardo Sisters act, Rita Tobin-Weske (1906-1987), His brother Brian Weske (1932-2001) was also an actor, songwriter and personal assistant to close friend and actor Michael Caine. Like his brother, Sean led an interesting life; as well as being an actor he was a trained photographer and worked a lot in Europe and Hollywood in America.

In the late sixties he formed a theatrical agency in London, and toured Europe with his company. He would later form the British Motion Picture Company with George McIndoe and former Oliver! actor Jack Wild. Sean would form and dissolve a number of production companies after this. As an actor he made his debut in 1960 in ITV Play of the Week. Most of his roles were as an extra and were uncredited, but he did appear on such television series as Dixon of Dock Green, Harry Worth and The Champions (as a hitch-hiker in Full Circle) and in uncredited roles in such films as The Magic Christian, Morons from Outer Space and The Krays. His last appearance was in 2002 in the television short Ticker.

A student of German Military History, Sean also worked as advisor on many war movies and television dramas. He is also remembered for being the last photographer to photograph the actress Sharon Tate shortly before she was tragically murdered in 1969.

Jim Bolton

Character & Episode: 1st Man on Stairs in A Sentimental Journey

A very occasional actor. His only other credited roles are playing Abdullah in The Legions of Ammak, an episode of the ITC television series The Baron, a henchman in To Trap a Rat in The Champions and as a heavy in the film Go For A Take (1972) which featured Reg Varney and Norman Rossington in the lead roles.

Peter Brace

Character & Episode: 1st Henchman in A Sentimental Journey
Born: 1924

A stuntman by profession, Peter would occasionally play small roles as heavies in a number of television series and films. His first credited role was in the film Fury at Smugglers' Bay in 1961. Other notable series to which he contributed included Danger Man, The Avengers, The Prisoner, Man in a Suitcase and The New Avengers. Peter also appeared in a number of films starting with Goldfinger (1964) and ending with The Curse of The Pink Panther (1983). His final credited role was as a huntsman in the television series She-Wolf of London in 1990.

Demi Caldren

Character & Episode: Girl Sitting at Bar in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?

The only known credit for Demi is that she appeared as a girl at the bar in this episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

Dave Carter

Character & Episode: Electrician in My Late, Lamented Friend and Partner

Dave Carter's television credits span from the mid-Sixties to the late Eighties, and during that time he notched up nearly forty appearances in a variety of programmes. He made his uncredited debut with Gerald Harper in Adam Adamant Lives! in 1966. He was generally cast in minor roles, many without any lines, his last appearance was in 1989 when he played an injured workman in The Bill.

He is probably most readily recognised for his Doctor Who roles during the Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker years, during which he variously played guards, prison officers and rebels. He was one of the Silurian creatures in Dr Who and the Silurians and a Primord a few months later in Inferno. His final credits in Doctor Who - as Sergeant Duffy in Invasion (of the Dinosaurs) alongside Jon Pertwee, and as Grierson in The Android Invasion with Tom Baker - he had finally risen to the heights of having a character name!

Pauline Chamberlain

Character & Episode: Showgirl in It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water;
Chorus Girl in That's How Murder Snowballs
Born: 02/10/1932, West Ham, London, England

Although Pauline has nearly a hundred credits to her name, many of these are uncredited as she was mainly seen in the background and had very few speaking roles. Her identical twin sister Pamela also did some film work. Pauline's career as an extra really developed in the mid-Fifties and over the next twenty years featured in a number of television series and films. Such films cameos include Thunderball and A Hard Day's Night. Her television work includes Danger Man, The Baron, The Prisoner, Department S and even playing a lady in a pub in an episode of Columbo.

During the 1970s she became a secretary but kept an agent for extras work, for which she would be granted days off from her office job. Her most high profile role was in the BBC situation comedy series Bread (1986-1990), in which she played a bespectacled member of staff at the labour exchange, a role that unusually included brief dialogue. She is seen dancing in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), and she did similar work in the films Oliver!, Scrooge, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Indiscreet, among others.

Pauline finally retired from extras work in the mid-Nineties.

Vic Chapman

Character & Episode: Barman in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?

Vic was in a number of films and television roles, generally as a background artiste. Such appearances include the films A Stitch in Time (1963), The Gorgon (1964), Inspector Clouseau (1968) and The House That Dripped Blood (1971).

Douglas Cooper

Character & Episode: First Man at Séance in The Trouble with Women

This is the only known acting role undertaken by Douglas Cooper.

Billy Cornelius

Character & Episode: Albert in A Sentimental Journey
Born: 18/08/1934, London, England

Upon leaving school, Billy started his professional life working for a printing company. He was also a keen boxer and temporarily became a professional in 1958 in the light heavyweight division. He had nine professional fights, winning five. Afterwards, he found work as an extra and stuntman in film and television, and also worked in pubs around London as a bouncer.

His first known appearance is an extra in the Associated-Rediffusion series No Hiding Place in 1963. This led to a succession of minor roles in television, for instance in the Doctor Who serial The Space Museum (1965) in which he played a Morok guard and The Illustrious Client, a 1965 episode of the BBC's Sherlock Holmes adaptations which starred Douglas Wilmer as the Great Detective.

His breakthrough into film work came later that same year via an uncredited role in The Big Job alongside Sid James and Dick Emery. Before long he was cast in Carry On Cowboy (1966), and this uncredited role as a horseman would be the first of eight appearances he made in the celebrated film series. His best remembered Carry On role is undoubtedly as Oddbod Junior in ...Screaming (1966). He also featured frequently in The Avengers, appearing in several episodes between 1965 and 1967. He also figured occasionally in Z Cars during this time.

Later roles included appearances in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1968, screened 1970), Callan (1970) and children's series Ace of Wands (also 1970). His last Carry On film was ...Dick in 1974 playing a tough, though he did return to the fold to appear in three episodes of Carry On Laughing on television in 1975. His last screen appearance was in The Long Good Friday in 1980.

In recent years, Billy has been helping his son on his fruit stalls in Clapham and Putney.

Maxwell Craig

Character & Episode: Undertaker in The Smile Behind the Veil

A minor supporting actor with over thirty appearances in film and television, all of which were uncredited. His contributions to television include The Avengers (Murdersville), The Saint, Man In A Suitcase, Space: 1999 and The Sweeney. His films include Carry On Jack, the Hammer Horror Hands of the Ripper and Superman III. He often played gang members, henchmen and people generally in the background.

Harry "Aitch" Fielder

Character & Episode: Passer-by in My Late, Lamented Friend and Partner;
Stuntman and Stand-in for Mike Pratt - all episodes of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
Born: 26/04/1940, Islington, London, England

Despite not being recognised by anyone on the streets, Harry can claim to have worked on well over two hundred television and screen projects. Often his roles were very minor: as extras (speaking and non-speaking) and stand-ins for other actors. Upon leaving school, he worked variously in short-lived jobs as a Post Office messenger boy, made Christmas crackers and dyed feathers. Harry spent eight years working for a timber yard from 1958 until 1966. During this time he played in several bands, met his wife Mary Turner at one of these gigs, and subsequently married her in 1963.

In 1967 he made his screen debut as a soldier in the Morecambe and Wise film The Magnificent Two. Later that year he was a legionnaire in Carry On Follow That Camel, and then in 1969 he featured in all twenty-six episodes of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), working as a stuntman and body double for Mike Pratt. Generally though, his roles were very small and often went uncredited.

On the silver screen he worked on films such as Oliver! (1968), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and The Battle of Britain (1969), Brannigan (1975) and The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976). In 1977 he was a Death Star stormtrooper in Star Wars and the following year he played a policeman in Superman (he would go on to figure in Superman II in a similar role). In 1979 he featured in the classic Fawlty Towers episode The Kipper and the Corpse. He went on to feature in McVicar and The Elephant Man (both 1980) and played a German soldier in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

Between 1967 and 1982 he played an assortment of guards and other background characters in various Doctor Who stories. His most recent screen role was playing a stallholder in the film Entrapment in 1999, which starred Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Harry also presented CBTV a Thames TV programme during the Eighties.

He has written an autobiography - Extra, Extra, Read All About It! - happily shares stories of his times working in TV and film. Harry has his own website - http://harryfielder.co.uk - and is clearly very proud of his career.

Romo Gorrara

Character & Episode: Reg in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?
Born: 24/04/1932, Holborn, London, England
Died: 12/1997, Camden, London, England

Romo was a well-known stuntman who had a number of minor roles, mainly in films. He worked as a stunt performer on such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), two Police Academy films (1986 and 1987) and Batman (1989). His roles generally meant playing heavies in the background, or performing stunt work or doubling for credited actors.

In later years, Romo acted as stunt co-ordinator on many productions, including Charles Crichton's comedy classic A Fish Called Wanda (1988). On television he contributed to such series as Z Cars, The Saint, The Prisoner and eight episodes of The Avengers (1966-1969), though he was usually uncredited. He doubled Sean Connery as James Bond in a fight sequence in You Only Live Twice (1967) and thirty years later he was still performing stunts in the Bond movies, featuring in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) as Elliot Carver's henchman. He passed away shortly after working on this film.

Fred Haggerty

Character & Episode: Dining Car Patron in A Sentimental Journey
Born: 14/07/1918, Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
Died: 2002

Fred was an occasional actor and stuntman who gained his first credited role in 1960 in the drama Circus of Horrors. He worked on a number of well-known television series in the Sixties and Seventies which included Danger Man, The Prisoner and Blake's 7. He also appeared in films such as From Russia With Love (1963), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and Candleshoe (1977) which featured David Niven and a young Jodie Foster in the lead role. His last appearance was in the film comedy Nuns on the Run in 1990 in which he played a gatekeeper.

Robert Harbin

Character & Episode: Magician (George) in It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water
Born: 12/02/1909, Balfour, South Africa (as Edward Richard Charles Williams)
Died: 12/01/1978, Westminster, London, England

Robert was a well-known magician and writer. He is credited as the inventor of a number of classic illusions and became an authority on origami. His started as a magician whilst still at school in South Africa, and by his own admission, he was at first poor. He came to England at 20, and found work in the magic department of Gamages toy shop. Whilst there, he began in theatre.

By 1932 he was appearing in the Maskelyne's Mysteries magic show in various London theatres. He was the first British illusionist to move from stage performing to television, appearing in the BBC TV show Variety in 1937 and in his own show which began in 1940. He developed a number of new tricks, including the Neon Light and the now ubiquitous Zig Zag Girl. His lesser known inventions include the Aztec Lady, the Blades of Opah, and Aunt Matilda's Wardrobe. Much of his inventive genius was put into written form and he is known as one of the most prolific authors on the subject of magical effects.

In 1952, Robert appeared in a minor part as a magician in the film The Limping Man, produced by Cy Endfield. A year later, Robert and a friend of Endfield - Gershon Legman (1917–1999) - discovered a common interest in the Japanese art of paper-folding. Robert wrote many books on the subject, beginning with Paper Magic in 1965. He was the first Westerner to use the word origami for this art-form and was the first President of the British Origami Society. He also presented a series of origami programmes for ITV and wrote in its Look-In children's magazine in the 1970s.

His screen career in dramatic works is limited to just six credits, his most notable being as Pelican in the family drama The Pelicans and the Pirates in 1955.

Victor Harrington

Character & Episode: Theatre Audience Member in That's How Murder Snowballs
Born: 27/08/1909, Casal Paola, Malta
Died: 23/07/1980, Brighton, East Sussex, England

Victor was generally a professional extra, and in his career he notched up more than one hundred and fifty screen and television appearances. His debut came in 1937 in the film Thunder in the City - the role as a man singing at a concert was uncredited, and over the next 39 years the vast majority of his appearances would similarly go unrecognised.

Generally, he had non-speaking roles, though he did appear in such notable films as Dr No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963) and Dr Strangelove (1964). His last known appearance was in 1976 when he played a monk in the horror film The Omen. His daughter Victoria Harrington (1944-) was also an actress.

Frank Maher

Character & Episode: 2nd Henchman in A Sentimental Journey
Born: 18/06/1929, London, England (as Francis James Maher)
Died: 13/07/2007, Newport, Isle of Wight, England

At school Frank was a gold medal winning boxer. During the war he served in the Parachute Regiment of the British Army. He lied about his age to join the regiment which meant that he was only 15 when he took part in the battle of Arnhem in 1944, an operation in which he was wounded. Tall (6ft 2ins) and formidably built, he was well suited to 'physical' film roles, and his first stunt engagement was as a Roman Centurion in the film Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) which starred Stewart Granger. His other early stunt roles were on the The Crimson Pirate (1952) doubling for Burt Lancaster and as a riding double in the The Devil's Disciple (1959).

In 1959 he became the stunt double for Patrick McGoohan on the television series Danger Man. He would soon be the main stunt co-coordinator on a number of well-known television series including The Prisoner (it is Frank running on the beach as Number 6 in the famous title sequence), The Champions, Department S, Blake's 7 and on Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). On The Saint (1962–69), he replaced Les Crawford as Roger Moore's double. Roger nicknamed him "Mrs Maher" because of his meticulous planning of stunt sequences. As an actor, he mainly played non-speaking 'heavy' roles in the productions he worked on as a stuntman or coordinator.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he wrote a number of thriller style novels including The Capricorn Run (also known as The Hook) in 1979, Wipe Out and Sahara Strike (both in 1980). He also wrote action sequences for films including Die Hard (1988).

He was married four times. His first wife, Dilys Laye (1934-2009), was an actress known for the Carry On series. She was also married at one time to Garfield Morgan, another Randall and Hopkirk player. Frank had one son, Gary, who is a bricklayer, and one daughter, Stephanie, who was Surrey's premier doorwoman, with second wife Jackie, who was a dancer. He died at St Mary's Hospital in Newport, Isle of Wight, after a long battle with emphysema.

Makki Marseilles

Character & Episode: Manservant in My Late, Lamented Friend and Partner

An occasional minor actor of Greek descent with only just over a dozen credit appearances in British film and television, his main contributions being to The Avengers, and ITC series Man in a Suitcase, Department S and Strange Report. Later, he entered journalism, becoming a senior journalist in Athens. He has edited a number of English language newspapers in Greece and has reported freelance for several titles elsewhere including the BBC. He founded the The Rainbow Theatre in Athens, for which he has written, produced and directed plays in Greek and English.

Terence Plummer

Character & Episode: Pete in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?
Born: 1936
Died: 2011

Terence was primarily a stuntman. He was used though mainly as a heavy in a number of films and television series throughout his career. As an actor he has over forty credits and has appeared in such films as The Heroes of Telemark (1965), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Willow (1988) and Batman (1989). On television he appeared in such series as The Avengers and Blake's 7. His last appearance was in the feature film Sexy Beast in 2000.

Paddy Ryan

Character & Episode: Larry in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?
Born: 1904 (as Frank Ryan McCree Singletary)
Died: 1990

Paddy was an actor who occasionally performed stunts. Often in minor roles, he made his debut in 1949 in the film Diamond City. Despite a forty-year career Paddy would still only notch up just over thirty film and television credits to his name. Most of his career was limited to television and he had minor roles in such series as The Saint, Adam Adamant Lives!, The Avengers, The Persuaders! and Steptoe and Son. His last television credit was in 1988 in the comedy series Screenplay.

Mike Stevens

Character & Episode: Police Sergeant in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?

A minor actor often playing extras, Mike appeared in four films of the Carry On series, all of which went uncredited – he was a man with a dog in Carry On Henry (1971) and a year later was one of the monks in Carry On Abroad. His last Carry On appearance came in 1974 when he played a policeman in Carry On Dick. Mike also appeared in sixteen episodes of Space: 1999, being listed simply as Mission Operator.

Mickey Varey

Character & Episode: 2nd Man on Stairs in A Sentimental Journey

Mickey was a minor supporting actor who often went uncredited in a number of roles, mainly in the Sixties. In the late Sixties he had uncredited roles in Quatermass and the Pit (Hammer Films, 1967) and Inspector Clouseau (1968). His last known appearance was as an inmate in the John Huston film MacKintosh Man in 1973 – the film also featured Paul Newman and James Mason.

Bill Westley, Sr.

Character & Episode: Police Driver in A Sentimental Journey

A very minor actor whose role as the police driver in A Sentimental Journey represents his only listed screen credit. He did however appear in at least two episodes of The Saint.

Philip Weston

Character & Episode: Constable Johnson in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?

Nothing is known about Philip other than that he is credited with three television appearances, the others being Doctor in Charge (Which Doctor?, 1972)and Get Some In! (Field Exercise, 1976) which featured Tony Selby and Robert Lindsay. He undoubtedly appeared as an extra in other productions, but these have yet to be identified.

Fred Wood

Character & Episode: Second Man at Séance in The Trouble with Women
Born: 26/10/1922, Rotherhithe, London, England

A minor supporting actor who started his career just after the war and notched up well over one hundred film and television appearances, mainly as a walk-on extra. His film credits include Star Wars, From Russia With Love and Oliver! On television, he made cameos in Danger Man, The Professionals, The Champions, The Baron and Gone to Seed. Fred has worked at many of England's film studios such as Bray, Denham, Pinewood, Elstree and Ealing and with several legendary directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and George Lucas.

Section compiled by Darren Senior

Additional research and presentation by Alan Hayes

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