John Walker

Character & Episode: Mechanic in You Can Always Find a Fall Guy

An occasional supporting actor whose most high profile role was arguably that of Private West in the 1958 BBC sci-fi serial Quatermass and The Pit. Other television appearances followed in The Big Pull, Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars, Dr Finlay's Casebook, Adam Adamant Lives! and in the comedy series George and the Dragon which starred Sid James, Peggy Mount and John Le Mesurier. John's appearance as the mechanic in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) would prove to be his final recorded credit.

Gary Watson

Character & Episode: Donald Seaton in The Smile Behind the Veil
Born: 13/06/1930, Shifnal, Shropshire, England (as Garrowby Cawthorne Watson)

A well educated person, Gary graduated from Cambridge University in the Fifties and taught English at Westminster City School. He was very popular with the pupils and directed some memorable school plays such as Treasure Island, which starred a young Ken Phillips as Doctor Trelawny. Gary moved into acting and made his television debut in an Associated-Rediffusion Play of the Week called The Last Enemy (transmitted live on 10th October 1956).

He spent the next several years learning his trade on the stage, most notably acting alongside Sean Connery in Friedrich Hebbel's 1962 play Judith at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. It was also that year when Gary started to make his mark on television, notably in the BBC serial The River Flows East, in which he played Andrew Giddings, one of the two lead roles. In 1967 he was cast as Armais in the BBC serial adaptation of The Three Musketeers. The cast also included Brian Blessed and Jeremy Brett. Gary also made contributions to The Baron, The Avengers and The Saint during this period of his career. In 1972 he appeared alongside Anthony Hopkins in the sprawling BBC serialisation of Tolstoy's War and Peace. Later, in 1988, he starred in the BBC adaptation of Macbeth playing MacDuff. His final screen appearance would come later that same year, in Hannay.

He was also much employed as a reader and narrator, featuring in dozens of commercials throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and is particularly noted for his work in British Transport Films, Lloyds Bank and Nescafe adverts.

David Webb

Character & Episode: Police Sergeant in Who Killed Cock Robin?
Born: 06/03/1931, Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Died: 30/06/2012, Clapham, London, England

Though not instantly recognisable, David had a busy career notching up in excess of one hundred film and television credits. He started his adult life working in his father's bakery, but he had to leave due to an asthma condition. David had earlier attended Luton Grammar School reaching Head Prefect. He then had several jobs prior to attending RADA, from which he graduated in 1952. His first acting job was in York in rep and he later joined other companies in Scarborough, Richmond and Bromley. This led him to being cast in supporting roles on television by the Fifties. David contributed to many well-known series including Coronation Street, The Avengers, Doctor Who and Tales of the Unexpected.

David also became an ardent opponent of censorship: in 1976 he helped found the National Campaign for the Reform of the Obscene Publications Act (NCROPA) and would for the rest of his life campaign in support of this cause. In 1983 he stood against the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at her seat in Finchley in the General Election. His work led him to make many television and radio appearances regarding phone-ins and debates. He died in 2012 of pancreatic cancer.

Frank Windsor

Character & Episode: John Sorrensen in My Late, Lamented Friend and Partner
Born: 12/07/1927, Walsall, England (as Frank W Higgins)

Born and bred in Walsall, he attended the local Queen Mary's Grammar School. He began his career on radio and made his film debut in 1953 in the film Henry V. His first television series appearance was in the series An Age of Kings in 1960 in which he played the Earl of Warwick. His most famous role was as Detective Sergeant John Watt in Z Cars from 1962 to 1965, and thereafter its spin-off Softly, Softly (later Softly, Softly Task Force) from 1966 to 1976. He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1975. He has also had regular roles in the BBC drama Casualty, the ITV drama Peak Practice and he played Major Charlie Grace in EastEnders (1992). He featured in two 1980s Doctor Who stories - The King's Demons and Ghost Light. Frank has also played in numerous stage productions.

Betty Woolfe

Character & Episode: Martha in But What a Sweet Little Room
Born: 02/11/1901, Lambeth, London, England (as Bertha Helen Sparks)
Died: 08/02/1982, Denville Hall, Northwood, London, England

Londoner Betty Woolfe turned to acting late in life, making her screen debut at 50. Consequently, most of the characters that she played were of the late middle-age and elderly variety, usually in supporting roles. Her main credits were in series such as Z Cars, Crossroads and Jumbo Spencer. She did not marry until she was 59 in 1960, and sadly her new husband Francis Woolfe passed away two years later. In common with her But What a Sweet Little Room colleagues Frances Bennett and Doris Hare, she died at the actors' residential care home Denville Hall.

Section compiled by Darren Senior

Additional research and presentation by Alan Hayes

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