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Cause of death  Lung cancer
Siblings  Selina Cadell
Role  Actor

Name  Simon Cadell
Children  2 sons
Grandparents  Jean Cadell
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Full Name  Simon John Cadell
Born  19 July 1950 (1950-07-19) London, England
Died  March 6, 1996, Westminster, United Kingdom
Spouse  Rebecca Croft (m. 1985–1996)
Movies and TV shows  Hi‑de‑Hi!, Watership Down, Enemy at the Door, Life Without George, She Fell Among Thieves
Similar People  Selina Cadell, Ruth Madoc, Barry Howard, Jeffrey Holland, Jean Cadell

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Simon John Cadell (19 July 1950 – 6 March 1996) was an English actor, best known for his portrayal of Jeffrey Fairbrother in the first five series of the BBC situation comedy Hi-de-Hi!.


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Early life

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Born in London, he was the son of theatrical agent John Cadell, grandson of the Scottish character actress Jean Cadell, the brother of the actress Selina Cadell and commercials director Patrick Cadell, the cousin of the actor Guy Siner and son-in-law of the television producer David Croft. He was educated at The Hall School in Hampstead and Bedales School at Petersfield where his close friends included Gyles Brandreth, who remained a friend until Cadell's death.


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Cadell trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His first successes were found in the theatre in the mid to late 1970s. He then provided the voice of Blackberry in the animated adaptation of Watership Down (1978), based on the novel by Richard Adams. Subsequently he had roles in television programmes such as Enemy at the Door (1978–80), and also appeared briefly in the disaster film Meteor (1979) as a TV news reporter.

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He is best remembered for his role as the well-meaning holiday camp manager Jeffrey Fairbrother in the BBC situation comedy Hi-de-Hi! (1980–84) and for playing the disingenuous civil servant Dundridge in the screen adaptation of a novel by Tom Sharpe, Blott on the Landscape (1985).

On radio he played the elven-king Celeborn in the BBC adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (1981). He starred in the BBC sitcom Life Without George (1987-1989) which ran for three series and also featured Carol Royle in a leading role.

Cadell appeared in the 1991 British comedy series Singles. Other television credits include, Minder, Bergerac, The Kenny Everett Television Show and Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected. He was also in heavy demand as a voice-over for television commercials.

He also narrated the children's television series Bump for the BBC which is all about a baby elephant (who always bumps into things) and his friend Birdie.

Personal life

In 1985 Cadell married actress Rebecca Croft, the daughter of Dad's Army co-creator David Croft. The couple had two sons.


In January 1993 Cadell suffered a near-fatal heart attack after giving a recital with Joanna Lumley at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in London. He returned to the stage four months after undergoing triple heart bypass surgery, but was diagnosed with cancer in September 1993, while being treated for pneumonia.

On 6 March 1996 Cadell died at the age of 45, 12 weeks before his best friend Jeremy Sinden also died of lung cancer. Sinden had been born 5 weeks before him, and his father, Donald Sinden, had been a client of Cadell's father John, for over 30 years.


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