Derek Francis

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Derek Francis
Actor Derek Francis.jpg
Born (1923-11-07)7 November 1923
Brighton, Sussex, England
Died 27 March 1984(1984-03-27) (aged 60)
Wimbledon, London, England
Occupation Actor

Derek Francis (7 November 1923 in Brighton – 27 March 1984 in Wimbledon, London) was an English comedy and character actor.[1]

He was a regular in the Carry On film players, appearing in six of the films in the 1960s and 1970s.[2] He appeared in Roger Corman's last film of his Edgar Allan Poe series The Tomb of Ligeia (1964).[3] He also took roles in several BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. His last role was in the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol.[4][5]

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.[6] He also appeared as the Emperor Nero, a comic turn in the early Doctor Who story entitled The Romans opposite William Hartnell.[7] He was the first major actor to request a part on Doctor Who.

Among his stage roles was the title character in Cymbeline for the Old Vic in 1957.[8]

He died of a heart attack in Wimbledon, London.[9]

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