Derek Francis (7 November 1923 in Brighton – 27 March 1984 in Wimbledon, London) was an English comedy and character actor.
Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
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Derek Francis (born 7 November 1923 in Brighton - died 27 March 1984 in Wimbledon, London) was an English comedy and character actor.
He was a regular in the Carry On film players, appearing in six of the films in the 1960s and 1970s. He appeared in Roger Corman's last film of his Edgar Allan Poe series The Tomb of Ligeia (1964). He also took roles in several BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. His last role was in the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol.
Other roles included parts in the most established television series of the period: Rising Damp, The Professionals, The Sweeney, Sherlock Holmes, The New Avengers, Danger Man, Jason King, Up Pompeii!, Wild, Wild Women, Coronation Street, and Z-Cars. He also appeared as the Emperor Nero, a comic turn in the early Doctor Who story entitled The Romans opposite William Hartnell.
Among his stage roles was the title character in Cymbeline for the Old Vic in 1957.
He died of a heart attack in Wimbledon, London.
Comedy And Character Actor
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Edgar Allan Poe series The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
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==Derek Francis== Actor - ===Born=== 7 November 1923 Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
===Died=== 27 March 1984 Wimbledon, London, England, UK (heart attack)
===Mini Bio (1)=== Derek Francis was born on November 7, 1923 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He was an actor, known for Scrooge (1970), The Six Proud Walkers (1962) and Oh Brother! (1968). He was married to Penelope Elsden Smith. He died on March 27, 1984 in Wimbledon, London, England.
===Spouse (1)=== [[Penelope Elsden Smith]] (19 September 1954 - 27 March 1984) (his death) (2 children) Tessa Jane born March 17, 1956 (who married Michael Waterhouse June 16, 1984) and Julia Clare born April 27, 1959
===Trivia (4)=== 1. Was a brilliant artist and made puppets as his hobby. 2. Died of a heart attack in March 1984, the same week he appeared in C4's "Winter Sunlight", also dying of a heart attack. 3. 2 children: Tessa Jane born March 17, 1956 (who married Michael Waterhouse June 16, 1984) and Julia Clare born April 27, 1959. 4. He appeared in two different adaptations of the 1843 novella "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens: Scrooge (1970) and A Christmas Carol (1984). He played the 1st Gentleman of Charity in the former and Pemberton in the latter.
===Salary (2)=== Carry on Matron (1972) £250, Carry on Abroad (1972) £750
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