|Cause of death Heart attack|
Role Character actor
Name Derek Francis
|Known for Carry on films|
|Born 7 November 1923 (1923-11-07) Brighton, Sussex, England, UK|
Died March 27, 1984, Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom
Spouse Penelope Elsden Smith (m. 1954–1984)
Children Tessa Jane Francis, Julia Clare Francis
TV shows Great Expectations, Oh, Brother!, Whoops Baghdad
Movies The Tomb of Ligeia, To the Devil a Daughter, Scrooge, Jabberwocky, Carry On Matron
Similar People Gerald Thomas, Alvin Rakoff, Talbot Rothwell, Peter Rogers, Jim O'Connolly
Derek Francis (7 November 1923 in Brighton – 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 The Tomb of Ligeia (1964), the last film in Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe series. 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 television series of the period such as 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. Possibly his most prominent role was as the sub-prior in charge of novices in Oh Brother!.
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.