|Born||Donald Marland Hewlett
30 August 1920
Northenden, Manchester, Lancashire, England
|Died||4 June 2011
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, England
|Spouse(s)||Christine Pollon (dissolved); Diana Greenwood (dissolved); Thérèse McMurray (to his death)|
Donald Hewlett (30 August 1920 – 4 June 2011) was an English actor, born in Northenden, Manchester, Lancashire, and best known for his sitcom roles as Colonel Charles Reynolds in It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Lord Meldrum in You Rang, M'Lord?, both written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. He also had a number of parts in British film and television productions.
Hewlett was educated at Clifton College in Bristol followed by St John's College, Cambridge where he was part of the Footlights Revue. During World War II he served in the Royal Navy as a meteorologist and was stationed for several years in Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands where he was a founder member of the Kirkwall Arts Club. He was later posted to Singapore.
Following his demob, Hewlett trained at RADA and gained his first professional acting job in repertory theatre at the Oxford Playhouse where he worked alongside Ronnie Barker. His first television acting role was the part of Lincoln Green in 1954's Orders are Orders.
His television appearances included The Ronnie Corbett Show, The Ronnie Barker Playhouse, The Saint, The Avengers, The Dick Emery Show and the 1971 Doctor Who story The Claws of Axos. However, he gained his most prominent role in the Croft and Perry sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–81) as Colonel Charles Reynolds. He was reunited with fellow actor Michael Knowles in another David Croft sitcom, the sci-fi spoof Come Back Mrs. Noah (1977–78), and later with the successful You Rang, M'Lord? (1988–93) as George, Lord Meldrum. Other roles included 'Winkworth' in Morris Minor's Marvellous Motors in 1989 and The Adventures of Brigadier Wellington-Bull. His last TV appearance was in The Upper Hand in 1995.
Hewlett's previous marriages, to Christine Pollon and Diana Greenwood, ended in divorce. He had two sons and a daughter by Greenwood. Having previously lived for several years in Whitstable, Kent, he lived in Fulham, SW London, with his third wife Therese McMurray-Hewlett, by whom he had a son and daughter.
Selected television roles
|1959||The Adventures of Brigadier Wellington-Bull||Captain Sooty Pikington|
|1974–1981||It Ain't Half Hot Mum||Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Reynolds|
|1977–1978||Come Back Mrs. Noah||Carstairs|
|1988–1993||You Rang, M'Lord?||Lord George Meldrum|
- Orders Are Orders (1954)
- Bottoms Up (1960)
- Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall (1972)
- A Touch of Class (1973)
- Moments (1974)
- Carry On Behind (1975)
- Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976)
- The First Great Train Robbery (1979)
- Saving Grace (1986)
- Telegraph obituary
- Hayward, Anthony (7 June 2011). "Donald Hewlett obituary". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
- It Ain't Half Hot Mum's Donald Hewlett dies at 90, BBC News, 5 June 2011
- Rob Cope, Mike Fury, You Rang M'Lord?, DAAS, 35-36
- W. S. Hewison, This Great Harbour Scapa Flow, The Orcadian Ltd (kirkwall Press) 2000, ISBN 978-1-902957-02-9
- The Orcadian Features - Another war
- Donald Hewlett at the Internet Movie Database
- It Ain't Half Hot Mum actor Donald Hewlett dies at 90 after being 'ill for some time