Harold Forster in Ring Dem Bells
John played the film director who cast Mainwaring in the role as a Nazi captain. As Frazer pointed out "He couldn't make a worse mess than he does as a British officer". John also played the role of Walker in the stage version and most recently came to fame as Jim Branning in Eastenders. John suffered a stroke in 2007 - his illness was later reflected in the series.
Mr Boyle in A Wilson (Manager)
Mr Boyle is the Chief Clerk at the Eastgate branch of Swallow Bank where Arthur Wilson was promoted. He is most surprised by his new manager's casual and friendly approach to the staff. Arthur is best known for his role as Mr Grainger in the TV series 'Are You Being Served'.
Driver in Everybod
y's Trucking & N
umber Engaged, S
pecial Constable in Ring Dem Bells
Felix played a number of small parts but would usually be found acting as the warm-up during studio recordings - a job he shared with Bill Pertwee. Bill would not do this if his character appeared early on in the episode. Most people would know Felix as Fred Quilley from Hi De Hi.
Bob (fireman) in T
he Royal Train, Mr Swann in High F
inance, GPO man in Number Engaged
Ronnie spread his appearances in Dad's Army over a number of years. As Mr Swann and the GPO man, he was another thorn in the side of Captain Mainwaring. During Ronnie's career he appeared with many of the comedy greats, including Dave Allen and Eric Sykes.
Mrs Prentice in All Is Safely Gathered In
Mrs Prentice was an old sweetheart of Godfrey's from before the Boer War, who was struggling to run a farm in wartime. The platoon ended up helping her with the harvest.
Brenda has appeared in all Perry & Croft comedies, and took a leading role in 'You Rang M'Lord' as Mrs Lipton the cook. She also appeared in many other films (including 'The Railway Children') and sitcoms.
in Something Nast
y in the Vault
"You fools!", the Bank Inspector screams as he discovers that there is a hole in Mainwaring's Bank roof. Robert had a varied career in showbusiness and played with many of the cast prior to them being cast in the programme. He appeared in an impressive 40 films, broken only by the onset of WWII.
Arthur began his career by entertaining the troops during WWII and decided to turn professional after demob. He is probably remembered as caretaker Mr Harman in 'Are You Being Served' when he replaced Mr Mash (played by Larry Martyn). He was later cast as Alf Garnett's pal in 'In Sickness and in Health'.
Man from Pickfords in Big Guns, ARP Warden in Don't
Forget the Diver, The Test, Uninvited Guests
Arthur Lowe encouraged Don to write to David Croft enquiring about a part in Dad's Army. He was successful and managed four appearances, latterly as a Hodges sidekick, Gerald. Don is best remembered for his role as the diminutive 'Lofty' in 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum'.
Gardener in The Day the Balloon Wen
t Up, Mr Palethorpe in Ring Dem Bells
The Six Bells landlord who received a visit from 16 'Nazis' and raised the alarm to "Warn England". Jack's long career culminated in playing Monsieur Leclec in Croft & Lloyd's long running farce 'Allo 'Allo, where he appeared in five series. He was also cast as L/Cpl Jones in the touring Dad's Army Stage Show due to Clive Dunn's commitments.
Angry Man in The Armoured
Might of Lance Corporal Jones
One of Nigel's earliest TV appearances albeit very briefly. This was a favour given to him by David Coft. He subsequently went on to great success, most notably in the hit series 'Yes Minister' and later 'Yes Prime Minister'. His role in the Oscar winning film 'The Madness of King George' was a remarkable piece of acting.
er in Wake Up Walmington
Jeffrey has appeared in all Croft & Perry sitcoms and is probably best known as Spike Dixon in 'Hi-De-Hi!'. His greatest role was that of James Twelvetrees in the much underrated 'You Rang M'Lord', where he played the part (almost) straight. Jeffrey was part of the touring Dad's Army Stage Show, where he played Walker. He was later to appear in both series of 'Oh, Doctor Beeching'. Jeff continues to perform on stage and has recently recorded a pilot sitcom.
ral in Brain Versus Brawn
Most famous for his part in 'Coronation Street' as Eddie Yates and later as Onslow in 'Keeping Up Appearances'. He has also provided the voice of Paul McCartney in 'Yellow Submarine', appeared in many episodes of 'Heartbeat' as Vernon Scripps and as 'Twiggy' in 'The Royale Family' to name a few...
Local at Six Bells -
Wake Up, Walmington
Sam is another former POW who put on shows for his fellow prisoners and decided to continue as a professional after the war. Sam has appeared playing small parts in numerous British films (240 entries, many of them war films) but never taken a lead. Sam also appeared in the Dad's Army Feature Film as a Nazi!
Captain Ramsay in We Know Our Onions, Dr McCeavedy in The Miser's Hoard
Best remembered for his portrayal of Mr Mackay, the prison warder in 'Porridge'. He was also a regular in the police series 'Special Branch'. Fulton was in the Black Watch during the war and after being demobbed he joined RADA, enjoying a varied acting career.
Kapitan Müller in The Deadly Attachment
Although only appearing in one episode, he has been remembered for it ever since, due to the number of times the "Don't tell him, Pike," clip is shown. A truly versatile actor, Philip has played roles in series as diverse as 'Doctor Who', 'A Mind to Kill', 'Manhunt', 'UFO', 'Porridge' and 'The Last of the Mohicans'. Philip was a natural linguist which made his role as the U Boat captain seem more threatening.
Soldier in The Loneliness of the
Long Distance Walker, Sailor in Menace from
Italian POW in Don't Fe nce Me In, Signals Private i n The Desperate Drive of Lance Corporal Jones
Most recognisable for playing Mr Mash in David Croft's 'Are You Being Served', he also appeared in many sitcoms in the 70s and early 80s, inc Mike Yarwood and 'On The Buses'. Larry also played Walker in the Dad's Army radio series.
oldier in Command Decision, Pol
iceman in A Stripe for Frazer, Lightho
use Keeper in Put That Light Out,
Man with door in Is There Honey Still for Tea?
Gordon was unlucky in that his original role in Dad's Army as a Fireman ended up on the cutting room floor. Fortunately, David Croft promised him a future role later in the series and true to his word he appeared in four other episodes! Gordon once had his own TV series and has featured in many sitcoms.
Edith Parish/Violet Gibbo
ns/Shirley in various episodes
Wendy's later life was very much in the public eye, as her role as Pauline Fowler in the BBC soap had propelled her to stardom. Before that, she came to into the public eye as Miss Brahams in David Croft's 'Are You Being Served?' and later in 'Grace & Favour'. Shortly before her death she filmed a new programme by David Croft entitled 'Here Comes the Queen'.
Mr Bracewell in Man and the Hour,
Captain Bailey in A Stripe for Frazer, Under Fire, R
oom at the Bottom,
Don't Fence Me In.
Bracewell was originally written as a regular member of the platoon, but it was felt he was too much like Godfrey. This didn't prevent John from making several more appearances as officers. John is best remembered for his role as Norman Warrender in 'Just Good Friends'.
Fiona Gray in Mum's Army
Canadian born Carmen is best known for her portrayal as Edith Artois in the overlong WWII series ''Allo 'Allo'. She also appeared at the Wimbledon Theatre in Jimmy Perry's musical 'That's Showbiz' which was not a success (in fact it lost Jimmy £80k).
Mr Cheeseman in My British Buddy, Private Private Cheesman in series 7
Employed as a photo-journalist by the 'Eastbourne Gazette' we first see him report on the effects of the Americans arriving to help with the war effort. There is some history between him and Sgt Wilson, as evidenced by his first reaction to meeting him in the episode 'My British Buddy'.
Talfryn first appeared in the episode 'My British Buddy' as a newspaper reporter, and following the death of James Beck, he was brought in as a member of the platoon, again a reporter this time reporting from the inside, to fill the vacant space on the front row. His character did not last more than one series, but it was all the better for including him.
EC Egan in The Test
The famous cricketer made a special guest appearance in one episode. During filming he demonstrated his bowling prowess to the crew and actors. It only took one take to show him knocking over the stumps!
Mrs Keen in Under Fire, Mrs Peters in
The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones,
Edna in The Two and a Half Feathers
Queenie appeared in many British films, and a number of sitcoms. She often played a landlady and was herself one in real life. She often sang and played with an eight piece band to draw in more customers. She also appeared in the TV series 'Romany Jones' with James Beck.
Laura LaPlatz in Shooting Pains
Famous for her 'Carry On' Films and later in the BBC soap EastEnders as Peggy Mitchell. Her first film role was in 'The Belles of St Trinians. She joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in Stratford East London, coming to prominence in the play 'Fings Ain't What They Used to Be' and appearing later in her film 'Sparrows Can't Sing'.