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Cause of death
  
Stroke

Name
  
Arthur Lowe

Resting place
  
Cremated

Role
  
Actor


Occupation
  
Actor

Children
  
Stephen Lowe

Years active
  
1945–1982

Books
  
Mr Men Stories

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Born
  
22 September 1915 (
1915-09-22
)
Hayfield, Derbyshire, England

Died
  
April 15, 1982, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Spouse
  
Joan Cooper (m. 1948–1982)

Movies and TV shows
  
Dad's Army, Bless Me Father, O Lucky Man!, Theatre of Blood, The Ruling Class

Similar People
  
Clive Dunn, John Le Mesurier, Ian Lavender, John Laurie, James Beck

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Arthur Lowe (22 September 1915 – 15 April 1982) was an English actor. His career spanned over thirty years, including starring roles in numerous theatre and television productions. He is best known for playing Captain Mainwaring in the British sitcom Dad's Army from 1968 until 1977. He was nominated for seven BAFTAs and became one of the most recognised faces on television.

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Lowe began his working life shortly before the Second World War (1939–1945) and he featured in many theatrical performances. It was not until he landed the part of Leonard Swindley in the British television soap Coronation Street that he became a household name. He played the character until 1966, while continuing film work. In 1968 he took up his most famous role, in Dad's Army, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. His success as this character led to considerable television and theatrical work, which put pressure on his health. Lowe's final years were dominated by alcoholism and illness and he died from a stroke on 15 April 1982, aged 66.

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Early life

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Lowe was born in Hayfield, Derbyshire, the only child of Arthur Lowe Sr. (1888–1971) and his wife Mary Annie Ford (1885–1981). His father worked for a railway company and was in charge of moving theatrical touring companies around Northern England and the Midlands, using special trains. Arthur Jr. went to Chapel Street Junior School in Chapel Street, Levenshulme, Manchester.

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His original intention was to join the Merchant Navy but this was thwarted by his poor eyesight. Working at an aircraft factory, he joined the British Army on the eve of the Second World War but not before experiencing his first brush with acting, by working as a stage hand at the Manchester Palace of Varieties. Lowe served in the Middle East with the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry and took part in shows put on for the troops. At the war's end, he was discharged from the army, having served as a radar technician.

Early career

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Lowe made his debut at the Manchester Repertory Theatre in 1945, where he was paid £5 per week for twice-nightly performances. He worked with various repertory companies around the country and became known for his character roles, which included parts in the West End musicals Call Me Madam, Pal Joey and The Pajama Game. An early brief film role was as a reporter for Tit-Bits magazine, near the end of Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). Lowe married Joan Cooper (1922–1989) on 10 January 1948. They had met in 1945 when she was his leading lady at the Manchester Repertory Theatre and they remained together until his death. Their son, Stephen Lowe, was born on 23 January 1953.

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By the 1960s, Lowe had made the transition to television and landed a regular role as draper/lay preacher Leonard Swindley in the northern drama series Coronation Street (1960–65). His character became sufficiently popular with viewers for him to appear in the spin-off series, Pardon the Expression (1966) and its sequel Turn out the Lights (1967). Leonard Swindley was not a role Lowe relished and he longed to move on. During the months he was not playing Swindley, he was busy on stage or making one-off guest appearances in other TV series such as Z-Cars (1962) and The Avengers (1967).

Stardom

In 1968, Lowe was cast in his best remembered role, as Captain Mainwaring in the BBC sitcom Dad's Army (1968–1977). His colleagues on the show later remarked that the role resembled Lowe, pompous and bumbling; Lowe had a clause written into his contract, specifying that he would never have to lose his trousers. He also played Mainwaring's drunken brother Barry Mainwaring, in the 1975 Christmas episode "My Brother and I". Lowe and his character also surfaced in a radio version of Dad's Army, a stage play and a feature-length film released in 1971. While Dad's Army was not in production, Lowe appeared in plays at the National Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. In 1968 Lowe was invited by Laurence Olivier to act at the National Theatre at the Old Vic and appeared in Somerset Maugham's Home and Beauty in 1968 and later The Tempest in 1974 with John Gielgud.

He also had prominent parts in several films directed by Lindsay Anderson, including if.... (1968) and O Lucky Man! (1973). His other film roles during this period included Spike Milligan's surreal The Bed Sitting Room (1969), in which he mutates into a parrot, a drunken butler in The Ruling Class (1972) with Peter O'Toole and Theatre of Blood (1973), a horror film starring Vincent Price, with Lowe as a critic murdered by the deranged actor played by Price.

On television he appeared as a guest performer on The Morecambe and Wise Show (1977), alongside Richard Briers in a series of Ben Travers farces for the BBC, as the pompous Dr Maxwell in the ITV comedy Doctor at Large (1971) and as Redvers Bodkin, a snooty, old-fashioned butler, in the short-lived sitcom The Last of the Baskets (1971–72). Between 1971 and 1973 Lowe joined Dad's Army colleague Ian Lavender, on the BBC radio comedy Parsley Sidings and played Mr Micawber in a BBC television serial of David Copperfield (1974). He employed a multitude of voices on the BBC animated television series Mr. Men (1974), in which he was the narrator in addition to voicing all the characters.

In 1972 Lowe also recorded the novelty songs "How I Won The War" and "My Little Girl, My Little Boy".

Later career

When Dad's Army ended in 1977, Lowe remained much in demand, taking starring roles in television comedies such as Bless Me, Father with Daniel Abineri (1978–1981), as the mischievous Catholic priest Father Charles Clement Duddleswell and in Potter (1979–80) as the busybody Redvers Potter. By now he was making many television advertisement commercials, but his later stage career mainly involved touring the provinces, appearing in plays and pantomimes with his wife, Joan.

In 1981 he reprised his role as Captain Mainwaring for the pilot episode of It Sticks Out Half a Mile, a radio sequel to Dad's Army. At Christmas 1981 Lowe appeared in pantomime with his wife. His last film role was in Lindsay Anderson's Britannia Hospital. In January 1982 Richard Burton had his private aeroplane fly Lowe to film a cameo role in the television series Wagner, his last screen performance.

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When touring at coastal theatres with his wife, Lowe used his distinctive 1885 former steam yacht Amazon as a floating base. He bought Amazon as a houseboat in 1968 but realised her potential and took her back to sea in 1971; this unique vessel is still operating in the Mediterranean. The ship had a bar with a semicircular notch cut halfway along, to enable both the portly figure of Lowe and his wife to serve behind the bar at the same time, acting as hosts during the parties they threw on board.

In an interview for a Dad's Army retrospective on BBC television in 2010, Lowe's co-star, Clive Dunn, described him sitting at the bar in the evenings when they were filming on location, consuming a drink which Lowe named 'Amazon' after his yacht. Dunn described the drink as comprising "gin and ginger ale, with a single slice of cucumber".

Death

In his final years, Lowe's alcoholism worsened and he was reduced to acting in pantomimes and touring theatre productions. Graham Lord's biography recalls that by 1979, Lowe was suffering from major health problems but continued to drink increasing amounts of alcohol, sometimes passing out on stage or at dinner. He was also a heavy smoker and his weight ballooned. Lowe had long suffered from narcolepsy. On 14 April 1982, Lowe gave a live televised interview on Pebble Mill at One. Later the same day, he collapsed from the onset of a stroke in his dressing room at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, before a performance of Home at Seven, in which he appeared with wife Joan. He died in hospital early the following morning, aged 66.

He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium, following a sparsely attended funeral. Joan did not attend as she refused to miss a performance of Home at Seven and was appearing in Belfast at the time. A memorial service was held in May 1982 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, attended by his family, former colleagues and many friends. His last sitcom, A.J. Wentworth, B.A., with Lowe as a boys' preparatory school master, was shown during July and August 1982.

Tom Cole wrote in the Radio Times: "There are few actors who charmed viewers both young and old with such ease, and fewer still who could be trusted with the task of bringing classic literary characters like Charles Pooter and A.J. Wentworth to life." His national acclaim continued well after his death, with a statue of Lowe erected in the town of Thetford, where most of the location work for Dad's Army was filmed. He was honoured with two blue plaques; one outside his birthplace in Derbyshire and another in Maida Vale. Lowe was respected and admired among colleagues, including Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. His sudden death received a large number of tributes. Speaking in 2002 Paul Scofield described Lowe as "a rare talent" and a "seriously brilliant actor".

After his death Arthur Lowe received many tributes from British actors. John Inman described Lowe as "a great actor" and John Le Mesurier did the same. Similar tributes were made by Jimmy Perry, who described him as "a very kind man and would go out of his way to help actors less fortunate than himself. His rich comic genius will be sadly missed". Clive Dunn referred to Lowe as one of the greatest "comic actors" he had ever worked with. Graham Lord wrote, in his 2003 biography, that "almost every actor who worked with Arthur considered him to be outstanding".

Memorials

In December 2007, plans were unveiled for a statue of Lowe to be erected in Thetford, Norfolk, where the outside scenes for Dad's Army were filmed.

The statue was unveiled on 19 June 2010, by the writers of the series, Jimmy Perry and David Croft. The star has also had two blue plaques unveiled, one at Maida Vale and one at his birthplace in Hayfield, Derbyshire.

Filmography

Actor
1983
Wagner (TV Mini Series) as
Meser
- Episode #1.2 (1983) - Meser
- Episode #1.1 (1983) - Meser
1982
A.J. Wentworth, B.A. (TV Series) as
A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- The Outsider (1982) - A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- Founder's Day (1982) - A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- IIIA Goes to War (1982) - A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- Problems, Problems (1982) - A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- Mud Larks (1982) - A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
- A Day in the Life of- (1982) - A.J. Wentworth, B.A.
1982
Britannia Hospital as
Guest Patient
1978
Bless Me, Father (TV Series) as
Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- A Mixed-Up Marriage (1981) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Porgy and Bess (1981) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- A Legend Comes to Stay (1981) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Fire & Brimstone (1981) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Beddings and Weddings (1981) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Women (1981) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Things Are Not What They Seem (1981) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- A Back to Front Wedding (1980) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- The Season of Goodwill (1979) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- All at Sea (1979) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- The Heart of a Curate (1979) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Fatal Lady (1979) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Father Neil's First Miracle (1979) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Blessings from Heaven (1979) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- The Seal of Confession (1978) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- The Tennis Match (1978) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Father and Mother (1978) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- The Doomsday Chair (1978) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- The Parish Bazaar (1978) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- The Bell of St Jude's (1978) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
- Baptism of Fire (1978) - Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
1980
Comedy Tonight (TV Movie)
1980
Sweet William as
Captain Walton
1979
Potter (TV Series) as
Redvers Potter
- A Touch of Elderberry (1979) - Redvers Potter
- A Short Excursion in the Art World (1979) - Redvers Potter
1979
The Plank (TV Movie) as
Smaller Workman
1979
The Lady Vanishes as
Jeremy Charters
1979
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (TV Movie) as
Mr. Beaver (US version, voice)
1978
Daphne Laureola (TV Movie) as
Gooch
1977
Emu's Christmas Adventure (TV Movie) as
Old King Cole
1977
The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
- 1977 Christmas Show (1977) - Capt. George Mainwaring
1968
Dad's Army (TV Series) as
Capt. George Mainwaring / Barry Mainwaring / Sergeant Ironside
- Never Too Old (1977) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Number Engaged (1977) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Miser's Hoard (1977) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Knights of Madness (1977) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Making of Private Pike (1977) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Wake-Up Walmington (1977) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Love of Three Oranges (1976) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- My Brother and I (1975) - Capt. George Mainwaring / Barry Mainwaring
- The Face on the Poster (1975) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- High Finance (1975) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Come In, Your Time Is Up (1975) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Is There Honey Still for Tea? (1975) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- When You've Got to Go (1975) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Ring Dem Bells (1975) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Turkey Dinner (1974) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Captain's Car (1974) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Godiva Affair (1974) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Gorilla Warfare (1974) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- A Man of Action (1974) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Everybody's Trucking (1974) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Recruit (1973) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Things That Go Bump in the Night (1973) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Honourable Man (1973) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- We Know Our Onions (1973) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Royal Train (1973) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- My British Buddy (1973) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Deadly Attachment (1973) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Time on My Hands (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- A Brush with the Law (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Brain Versus Brawn (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- When Did You Last See Your Money? (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- All Is Safely Gathered In (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The King Was in His Counting House (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- If the Cap Fits-. (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Getting the Bird (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- A Soldier's Farewell (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Keep Young and Beautiful (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Asleep in the Deep (1972) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Battle of the Giants! (1971) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Fallen Idol (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Uninvited Guests (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- A. Wilson (Manager)? (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Test (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Mum's Army (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Two and a Half Feathers (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring / Sergeant Ironside
- Put That Light Out! (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Absent Friends (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Don't Fence Me In (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Sgt - Save My Boy! (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Boots, Boots, Boots (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Don't Forget the Diver (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Big Parade (1970) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Sons of the Sea (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- No Spring for Frazer (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Man Hunt (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Branded (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Menace from the Deep (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- War Dance (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Day the Balloon Went Up (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Big Guns (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Room at the Bottom (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Something Nasty in the Vault (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Bullet Is Not for Firing (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Lion Has 'Phones (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Battle School (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Under Fire (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- A Stripe for Frazer (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Sgt. Wilson's Little Secret (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Operation Kilt (1969) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Shooting Pains (1968) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Showing Up of Corporal Jones (1968) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Enemy Within the Gates (1968) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Command Decision (1968) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Museum Piece (1968) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Man and the Hour (1968) - Capt. George Mainwaring
1977
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It as
Dr. William Watson, M.D.
1977
Cottage to Let (TV Series) as
Bernard Clayman
- Let's Get Away from It All (1977) - Bernard Clayman
1977
Philby, Burgess and Maclean (TV Movie) as
Herbert Morrison
1977
The Galton & Simpson Playhouse (TV Series) as
Henry Duckworth
- Car Along the Pass (1977) - Henry Duckworth
1974
Mr. Men (TV Series short) as
Storyteller
- Mr. Noisy (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Muddle (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Lazy (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Grumpy (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Fussy (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Dizzy (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Funny (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Forgetful (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Strong (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Chatterbox (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Bounce (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Mean (1976) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Worry (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Impossible (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Greedy (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Small (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr Messy (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Daydream (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Snow (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Nosey (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Uppity (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Sneeze (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Silly (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Tickle (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr Jelly (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr Bump (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Topsy-Turvy (1975) - Storyteller (voice)
- Mr. Happy (1974) - Storyteller (voice)
1976
Bill Brand (TV Mini Series) as
Watson
- Resolution (1976) - Watson
1976
The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones as
Dr. Thwackum
1976
Shades of Greene (TV Series) as
Javitt
- Under the Garden (1976) - Javitt
1975
Royal Flash (unknown) (uncredited)
1975
BBC Play of the Month (TV Series) as
Sir Oliver Surface
- The School for Scandal (1975) - Sir Oliver Surface
1975
Churchill's People (TV Series) as
Epillicus, the Barber
- The Lost Island (1975) - Epillicus, the Barber
1974
David Copperfield (TV Mini Series) as
Mr. Micawber
- Episode #1.6 (1975) - Mr. Micawber
- Episode #1.5 (1974) - Mr. Micawber
- Episode #1.4 (1974) - Mr. Micawber
- Episode #1.3 (1974) - Mr. Micawber
- Episode #1.2 (1974) - Mr. Micawber
1974
Man About the House as
Spiros
1974
Microbes and Men (TV Series) as
Louis Pasteur
- Certain Death (1974) - Louis Pasteur
- Men of Little Faith (1974) - Louis Pasteur
- A Germ Is Life (1974) - Louis Pasteur
1973
Blue Peter (TV Series) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
- Episode #17.65 (1974) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Episode #16.47 (1973) - Capt. George Mainwaring
1973
You'd Better Go in Disguise
1969
ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series) as
Mason / Mr. Cakebread
- Hopcraft Into Europe (1973) - Mason
- Rogues Gallery: The Wicked Stage (1969) - Mr. Cakebread
1973
No Sex Please - We're British as
Mr. Bromley
1973
O Lucky Man! as
Mr. Duff / Charlie Johnson / Dr. Munda
1973
Armchair 30 (TV Series) as
Alfred Potter
- Alfred Potter's Story (1973) - Alfred Potter
1973
Theater of Blood as
Horace Sprout
1973
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall as
Maj. Drysdale
1968
A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series) as
Captain George Mainwaring - Dad's Army segment / Captain Mainwaring - Dad's Army segment / Captain George Mainwaring
- Christmas Night with the Stars 1972 (1972) - Captain Mainwaring - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1970 (1970) - Captain George Mainwaring - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) - Captain George Mainwaring - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1968 (1968) - Captain George Mainwaring
1972
The Ruling Class as
Tucker
1972
It's Murder But Is It Art (TV Series) as
Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake Reveals All (1972) - Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake Asks Questions (1972) - Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake Has Visitors (1972) - Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake and Ars Gratia Artis (1972) - Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake Goes to Jail (1972) - Mr. Phineas Drake
- Mister Drake Takes a Hand (1972) - Mr. Phineas Drake
1971
The Last of the Baskets (TV Series) as
Redvers Bodkin
- A Tisket, a Tasket (1972) - Redvers Bodkin
- Nice Work If You Can Keep It (1972) - Redvers Bodkin
- The Hound of the Baskets (1972) - Redvers Bodkin
- A Chip Off the Old Block (1972) - Redvers Bodkin
- Good Queen Bess Slept Here (1972) - Redvers Bodkin
- Since Then I Have Used No Other (1972) - Redvers Bodkin
- It's a Living (1972) - Redvers Bodkin
- Do Unto Others (1971) - Redvers Bodkin
- For Richer, for Poorer (1971) - Redvers Bodkin
- For I'm to Be Queen of the May (1971) - Redvers Bodkin
- I Gotta Horse (1971) - Redvers Bodkin
- Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant (1971) - Redvers Bodkin
- End of the Peer (1971) - Redvers Bodkin
1971
Doctor at Large (TV Series) as
Dr. Maxwell
- Change Your Partners (1971) - Dr. Maxwell
- Congratulations- It's a Toad! (1971) - Dr. Maxwell
- Modernising Major (1971) - Dr. Maxwell
- Doctor Dish (1971) - Dr. Maxwell
- You Make Me Feel So Young (1971) - Dr. Maxwell
1971
Dad's Army as
Capt. Mainwaring
1971
A Hole Lot of Trouble (Short) as
Whitehouse
1971
William Webb Ellis, Are You Mad? (Short)
1970
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer as
Ferret
1970
She Follows Me About (TV Movie) as
Rev. Stanley Cuffe
1970
Dirty Work (TV Movie) as
Clement Peck
1970
Jackanory (TV Series) as
Reader
- The Emperor's Oblong Pancake (1970) - Reader
1970
Plunder (TV Movie) as
Freddy Malone
1970
A Cup of Kindness (TV Movie) as
Fred Tutt
1970
Turkey Time (TV Movie) as
Edwin Stoatt
1970
A Cuckoo in the Nest (TV Movie) as
Major Bone
1970
Rookery Nook (TV Movie) as
Harold Twine
1970
Fragment of Fear as
Mr. Nugent
1970
The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (TV Movie) as
John Dickens
1970
Some Will, Some Won't as
Police Sergeant
1970
Spring and Port Wine as
Mr. Aspinall
1970
It's Tommy Cooper (TV Series) as
Dr. Jekyll
- Episode #1.2 (1970) - Dr. Jekyll
1969
It All Goes to Show (Short) as
Councillor Henry Parker
1969
The Coward Revue (TV Movie) as
Captain George Mainwaring
1969
Plays of Today (TV Series) as
The Headmaster
- A Voyage Round My Father (1969) - The Headmaster
1969
World in Ferment (TV Series) as
President of the B.F.R.O.
- Episode #1.3 (1969) - President of the B.F.R.O.
1969
The Bed Sitting Room as
Father
1969
Rogues' Gallery (TV Series) as
Mr. Cakebread
- The Wicked Stage (1969) - Mr. Cakebread
1969
ITV Playhouse (TV Series) as
Eric
- Murder: When Robin Was a Boy (1969) - Eric
1967
For Schools and Colleges: Drama (TV Series) as
Headmaster / Manager
- Why Danny Misses School: Part 2 (1969) - Headmaster
- Why Danny Misses School: Part 1 (1969) - Headmaster
- Bad Business (1967) - Manager
1968
If.... as
Mr. Kemp - Staff
1968
The Wednesday Play (TV Series) as
Colonel Harrup
- A Night with Mrs. Da Tanka (1968) - Colonel Harrup
1960
Armchair Theatre (TV Series) as
Mr. Godsall / Det. Sgt. Wimpole / Tailor / ...
- Mrs Capper's Birthday (1968) - Mr. Godsall
- A Nice Little Business (1964) - Det. Sgt. Wimpole
- The Snag (1963) - Tailor
- A Night Out (1960) - Mr. King
- Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1960) - Mr. Podgers
1967
The White Bus as
The Mayor
1967
The Golden Age (TV Series) as
Sir Robert
- The Arts and Leisure (1967) - Sir Robert
1967
The Avengers (TV Series) as
Benstead
- Dead Man's Treasure (1967) - Benstead
1967
Turn Out the Lights (TV Series) as
Leonard Swindley
- One for Yes, Two for No (1967) - Leonard Swindley
- You Can't Get the Wood (1967) - Leonard Swindley
- The Happy Medium (1967) - Leonard Swindley
- A Big Hand for a Little Lady (1967) - Leonard Swindley
- Hail Thee, Aunt Shelmadine (1967) - Leonard Swindley
- The Boyhood Haunt (1967) - Leonard Swindley
1965
Pardon the Expression (TV Series) as
Leonard Swindley
- Christmas Special (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Down on the Health Farm Something Stirred (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Cup That Cheers (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Switched-On Scene (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Thunderfinger: Part 2 (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Thunderfinger: Part 1 (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Man's Best Friend (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Dinner Party (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Sailor Home from the Sea (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Ghost of Batsworth Castle (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Rustle of Spring (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- A Sheik in the Night (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Heads Down (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Between the Cover (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Take-Over Bid (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Whose Baby Are You? (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Night to Remember (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Jailbirds (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Big Hotel (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Home Help (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Stocktaking (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- Self Defence (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Resignation (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- January Sale (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Economy Drive (1966) - Leonard Swindley
- The Brain Drain (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- The Old One Two (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- Little Boy Lost (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- Birthday Present (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- The Visitor (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- The Pensioner (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- The Wedding (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- The Dance (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- Mannequin Parade (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- The Trouble with Ada (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- The Headmistress (1965) - Leonard Swindley
- The First Day (1965) - Leonard Swindley
1965
You Must Be Joking! as
Husband
1960
Coronation Street (TV Series) as
Leonard Swindley
1958
ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) as
Chairman / Mr. Humphries / Dr. Fawcett
- A Case of Character (1964) - Chairman
- Ladies of the Corridor (1960) - Mr. Humphries
- Beyond the Horizon (1960) - Dr. Fawcett
- Disturbance (1958)
1958
ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) as
Mr Pickwick / Felton / Joseph / ...
- Mr Pickwick (1963) - Mr Pickwick
- After the Party (1960) - Felton
- Once a Crook (1960) - Joseph
- Test of Truth (1958) - M. Lacade
1963
This Sporting Life as
Slomer
1963
Zero One (TV Series)
- Danger on Cloud Seven (1963)
1962
Maigret (TV Series) as
Monsieur Triboulet
- Seven Little Crosses (1962) - Monsieur Triboulet
1962
Go to Blazes as
Warder
1962
BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) as
Slippy Wokingham
- So Many Children (1962) - Slippy Wokingham
1962
Leading the Blind (TV Movie) as
Fred Oldershaw
1962
Z Cars (TV Series) as
Jakey Ramsden
- Handle with Care (1962) - Jakey Ramsden
1961
The Pursuers (TV Series) as
Pearson
- Supreme Court (1961) - Pearson
1961
Three Live Wires (TV Series)
- The Ring (1961)
1960
No Hiding Place (TV Series) as
Simpson / Raymond Watkins
- The Long Stretch (1961) - Simpson
- Double Fugue (1960) - Raymond Watkins
1961
Probation Officer (TV Series) as
Roy Delgarno
- Episode #2.20 (1961) - Roy Delgarno
1960
Sheep's Clothing (TV Series) as
Mudor
- Episode #1.4 (1960) - Mudor
- Episode #1.3 (1960) - Mudor
- Episode #1.1 (1960) - Mudor
1960
Robert Tavener, Deceased (TV Movie) as
Leonard Gribble
1960
Boyd Q.C. (TV Series) as
Mr. Biron
- Fiddlers Two (1960) - Mr. Biron
1960
Follow That Horse! as
Auctioneer (uncredited)
1960
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England as
Bank Official (uncredited)
1960
The Long Way Home (TV Series) as
Joubert
- The French Resistance (1960) - Joubert
1960
Inside Story (TV Series) as
Fred
- A Present for Penny (1960) - Fred
1959
Dial 999 (TV Series) as
Samuel Finch
- The Mechanical Watchman (1959) - Samuel Finch (uncredited)
1959
Glencannon (TV Series) as
Binney
- The Mean Man from Genoa (1959) - Binney
1959
Theatre Night (TV Series) as
Mr. Filby
- The Ring of Truth (1959) - Mr. Filby
1959
The Boy and the Bridge as
Bridge Mechanic
1959
All Aboard (TV Series) as
Sydney Barker, steward
- Episode dated 30 May 1959 (1959) - Sydney Barker, steward
- Episode dated 21 March 1959 (1959) - Sydney Barker, steward
- Episode dated 14 February 1959 (1959) - Sydney Barker, steward
1958
Leave It to Todhunter (TV Series) as
Gunsmith
- Rope's End (1958) - Gunsmith
- Choice of Weapons (1958) - Gunsmith
1958
Black Tide as
Garage Owner
1958
The Freedom of the Prisoner (TV Movie) as
Second Commissar
1958
Blind Spot as
Garage Mechanic (uncredited)
1957
The Errol Flynn Theatre (TV Series)
- Evil Thoughts (1957)
1953
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) as
Albert Davies
- Sounding Brass (II) (1957) - Albert Davies
- Sounding Brass (I) (1953) - Albert Davies
1957
A Stranger in Town as
Jeweller
1957
Hour of Decision as
Calligraphy Expert
1957
Six Red Hairs (TV Movie) as
Uncle
1956
Theft Royal (TV Movie) as
Talbot Edwards
1956
High Terrace (uncredited)
1956
The Green Man as
Radio Salesman
1956
Breakaway as
Mitchell
1956
Adventure Theater (TV Series) as
3rd Drama critic
- Thirty Days to Die (1956) - 3rd Drama critic
1956
Who Done It? as
Radio-Controlled Tank Operator (uncredited)
1956
The Gordon Honour (TV Series) as
Tim Raffety
- The Wild West Candlestick (1956) - Tim Raffety
1955
Windfall (uncredited)
1955
Murder Anonymous (Short) as
Fingerprint Expert (uncredited)
1955
Sauce for the Gander (TV Movie) as
Mr. Bartlett
1955
One Way Out as
Sam
1955
Passage of Arms (TV Movie) as
Servant
1955
The Prince and the Pauper (TV Series) as
Judge
- Hendon Hall (1955) - Judge
1955
Two Grooms for a Bride as
Mr. Fogarty
1955
The Woman for Joe as
George's Agent (uncredited)
1955
The Wise Cat (TV Movie) as
The Fishmonger / The Cup-bearer
1955
The Vale of Shadows (TV Movie) as
Police clerk
1955
The Children of the New Forest (TV Series) as
Shopkeeper
- Alone (1955) - Shopkeeper
1955
The Olive Jar (TV Movie) as
Zi' Dima
1954
The Three Musketeers (TV Mini Series) as
Bonacieux
- The Queen's Diamonds (1954) - Bonacieux
- D'Artagnan's Mission (1954) - Bonacieux
- The Queen and the Cardinal (1954) - Bonacieux
1954
The Last Appointment as
Barratt
1954
My Uncle Rollo (TV Movie) as
Heppon
1954
The Old Grad (TV Movie) as
Vince Brady
1954
The Mirror and Markheim (Short) as
Arthur Henry
1953
Gilbert Harding Speaking of Murder as
3rd Drama critic
1953
An American Gentleman (TV Movie) as
Scots business man
1951
To Live in Peace (TV Movie) as
Friar Silvestro
1950
Cage of Gold as
Short Man (uncredited)
1949
The Spider and the Fly as
Town Clerk
1949
Poet's Pub as
Coach Guide (uncredited)
1949
Kind Hearts and Coronets as
The Reporter
1949
Stop Press Girl as
Archibald (uncredited)
1949
Floodtide as
Pianist (uncredited)
1948
Dulcimer Street as
Commuter on Train (uncredited)
Soundtrack
1979
Bless Me, Father (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Season of Goodwill (1979) - (performer: ""See, Amid The Winter's Snow"" aka Hymn For Christmas Day)
1975
Nationwide (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 10 October 1975 (1975) - (performer: "Happidrome Theme" - uncredited)
1972
The Ruling Class ("The Internationale", uncredited) / (performer: "I'm Gilbert the Filbert", "The Red Flag", "The Varsity Drag", "Goodnight (I'm Only a Strolling Vagabond)" - uncredited)
1971
The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #5.2 (1971) - ("Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr. Hitler?", uncredited)
1969
The Coward Revue (TV Movie) (performer: "Could You Please Oblige Us With A Bren Gun")
1965
Pardon the Expression (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- A Sheik in the Night (1966) - (performer: "In Sunny Samarkand")
- The Headmistress (1965) - (performer: "Forty Years On" - uncredited)
Self
1982
Looks Familiar (TV Series) as
Self - Panellist
- Episode dated 19 April 1982 (1982) - Self - Panellist
1982
Pebble Mill at One (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 14 April 1982 (1982) - Self
1979
Lennie and Jerry (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #3.0 (1979) - Self
1978
Prismo Club (Documentary short) as
Self - Commentator
1977
Oh What a Lovely Report (TV Special) as
Mr. Jones
1973
Jackanory (TV Series) as
Self - Storyteller
- Cooks and Prophecies (1977) - Self - Storyteller
- Jubilee Jackanory: A Baker of Genius and Mouthwatering Simplicity (1977) - Self - Storyteller
- Joan Aiken Short Stories: The Parrot Pirate Princess (1976) - Self - Storyteller
- Joan Aiken Short Stories: The Gift Pig (1976) - Self - Storyteller
- Joan Aiken Short Stories: The True History of Good King Wenceslas (1976) - Self - Storyteller
- The Emperor's Oblong Pancake (1976) - Self - Storyteller
- The Complete Book of Dragons: The Last of the Dragons (1973) - Self - Storyteller
- The Complete Book of Dragons: The Island of the Nine Whirlpools - Part 2 (1973) - Self - Storyteller
- The Complete Book of Dragons: The Island of the Nine Whirlpools - Part 1 (1973) - Self - Storyteller
- The Complete Book of Dragons: Uncle James (1973) - Self - Storyteller
- The Complete Book of Dragons: The Book of Beasts (1973) - Self - Storyteller
1977
Our Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 5 November 1977 (1977) - Self - Guest
1977
Going for a Song (TV Series) as
Self - On-screen Participant
- Episode dated 2 October 1977 (1977) - Self - On-screen Participant
1977
Tell Me More (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.4 (1977) - Self
1976
Aquarius (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- The Golden Harp/The Frank Muir Book (1976) - Self
1976
Nobody Does It Like Marti (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.1 (1976) - Self
1971
This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary) as
Self / Self - Guest
- Arnold Ridley (1976) - Self
- Jack Howarth (1974) - Self
- Clive Dunn (1971) - Self - Guest
1975
The Royal Variety Performance (TV Special) as
Captain Mainwaring
1975
Nationwide (TV Series documentary) as
Cpt. Mainwaring
- Episode dated 10 October 1975 (1975) - Cpt. Mainwaring
1975
The Black and White Minstrel Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #17.3 (1975) - Self
1973
Call My Bluff (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #9.18 (1975) - Self
- Episode #9.17 (1975) - Self
- Episode #8.2 (1973) - Self
- Episode #8.1 (1973) - Self
1974
Fifty Bighearted Years: The Variety Club of Great Britain's Tribute to Arthur Askey (TV Movie) as
Self
1972
The Harry Secombe Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #4.3 (1972) - Self
1972
Ask Aspel (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #5.4 (1972) - Self
1972
Quiz Ball (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 1 February 1972 (1972) - Self
1971
The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #5.2 (1971) - Self
1970
Holiday Startime Special (TV Special) as
Self
1970
The Golden Shot (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #3.4 (1970) - Self
1970
A Royal Television Gala Performance (TV Special) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
1969
Dee Time (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #4.37 (1969) - Self
1968
About the White Bus (Documentary) as
Self
1966
A Royal Gala (TV Special) as
Leonard Swindley
Archive Footage
2022
Elizabeth: Her Passions and Pastimes (Documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
2021
The Secret Lives of Dad's Army (TV Special documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
2020
We Love Dad's Army (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2020
Coronation Street: Compilations (TV Series documentary) as
Leonard Swindley
- Famous Faces (2020) - Leonard Swindley
2019
Once More with Ealing (Video documentary short) as
The Reporter (uncredited)
2019
Greatest Chocolate Adverts of All Time (TV Movie documentary) as
Wispa Advert
2018
The Greatest TV Moments of All Time (TV Special) as
Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2016
2016: We Remember Part One (TV Movie documentary) as
Acting Roles (uncredited)
2016
Dad's Army: A Stripe for Frazer, Animated (Short) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
2015
We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story (TV Movie) as
Leonard Swindley (uncredited)
2014
Perry and Croft: Made in Britain (TV Series documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
- The Wind of Change (2014) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- Birds and Bees (2014) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- A Touch of Class (2014) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- War & Peace (2014) - Capt. George Mainwaring
2011
You Have Been Watching... David Croft (TV Movie documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2010
The Stars of the Street: 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters (Video) as
Leonard Swindley
2008
The Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments (TV Movie documentary) as
Captain Mainwaring (uncredited)
2004
Comedy Connections (TV Series documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
- Dad's Army (2008) - Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
- Just Good Friends (2007) - Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
- It Ain't Half Hot, Mum (2007) - Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
- Hi-De-Hi! (2004) - Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2008
Jonathan Ross Salutes 'Dad's Army' (TV Movie documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2008
The Comedy Map of Britain (TV Series documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
- Episode #2.5 (2008) - Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2008
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases (TV Movie documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2007
The Passing Years (Video documentary short) as
Capt. George Mainwaring / Barry Mainwaring (uncredited)
2007
British Film Forever (TV Mini Series documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
- Bullets, Bombs and Bridges: The Story of the War Film (2007) - Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2007
The Story of Jackanory (TV Movie documentary) as
Self - 'Jackanory' Storyteller
2007
Timeshift (TV Series documentary) as
Self - Storyteller, Jackanory
- Goodbye Children Everywhere: The Changing World of Children's Television (2007) - Self - Storyteller, Jackanory
2007
Hitler: The Comedy Years (TV Movie documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2006
Coronation Street (Video Game) as
Leonard Swindley (uncredited)
2006
The Best of the Royal Variety (TV Series) as
Captain George Mainwaring
- The Comedians (2006) - Captain George Mainwaring
2006
'We Are the Boys...': Arthur Lowe (Video documentary short) as
Self
2005
Room 101 (TV Series) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
- Episode #10.4 (2005) - Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2005
Greatest TV Comedy Moments (TV Movie documentary) as
Captain Mainwaring (uncredited)
2005
'We Are the Boys...': James Beck (Video documentary short) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
2002
After They Were Famous (TV Series documentary)
- Z Cars (2002)
2002
Reputations (TV Series documentary) as
Self / Capt. George Mainwaring / Leonard Swindley / ...
- Arthur Lowe (2002) - Self / Capt. George Mainwaring / Leonard Swindley / - (uncredited)
2001
'Dad's Army': Missing Presumed Wiped (TV Movie documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
2001
The Best of Morecambe & Wise (Video) as
Self
2001
The Unforgettable John Le Mesurier (TV Movie documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2001
The Greatest (TV Series documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
- 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001) - Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
2001
You Don't Want to Do That (TV Movie) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
2000
The Unforgettable Arthur Lowe (TV Movie documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring / Leonard Swindley / Father Charles Duddleswell / ... (uncredited)
2000
Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story (TV Movie documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
1999
Arthur Lowe: A Life on the Box (TV Movie documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring / Self / Leonard Swindley / ... (uncredited)
1998
Women of Coronation Street (Video) as
Leonard Swindley
1997
Selection Box (TV Series) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
- Dad's Army (1997) - Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
1995
The Coronation Street Character Collection (TV Series) as
Leonard Swindley
- Mavis and Emily (1995) - Leonard Swindley
- Len and Elsie (1995) - Leonard Swindley
- Ken (1995) - Leonard Swindley
- Ena, Minnie and Martha (1995) - Leonard Swindley
- Ena & Elsie (1995) - Leonard Swindley
- Annie Walker (1995) - Leonard Swindley
1995
Omnibus (TV Series documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring
- Perry & Croft: The Sitcoms (1995) - Capt. George Mainwaring
1986
The Rock 'n' Roll Years (TV Series documentary) as
Capt. George Mainwaring / Captain George Mainwaring
- 1982 (1994) - Capt. George Mainwaring
- 1968 (1986) - Captain George Mainwaring
1979
The 70s Stop Here! (TV Movie documentary)
1977
To See Such Fun (Documentary) as
Self
1972
The Dick Cavett Show (TV Series) as
Tucker the Butler - film clip from THE RULING CLASS
- Episode dated 11 September 1972 (1972) - Tucker the Butler - film clip from THE RULING CLASS

References

Arthur Lowe Wikipedia