Joe Gladwin

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Joe Gladwin
Born Joseph Gladwin
(1906-01-22)22 January 1906
Ordsall, Salford, Lancashire, England
Died 11 March 1987(1987-03-11) (aged 81)
Manchester, England
Joe Gladwin as Wally in Last of the Summer Wine
Joe Gladwin as Wally being manhandled by Nora played by Kathy Staff in Last of the Summer Wine

Joseph "Joe" Gladwin (22 January 1906 – 11 March 1987) was a British actor. He was born at 44 Tatton Street in the Ordsall district of Salford, Lancashire, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Gladwin (née Dooley). He was baptised on 28 January 1906 at Mount Carmel RC Church, Ordsall and educated at the parish school. He married Lily Anne Wynne on 30 December 1933 at Mount Carmel Church. Gladwin was appointed a Papal Knight for his charity work.[1] He is buried at St Mary's Catholic Cemetery just off the A6 road at Wardley, near Manchester.

Joe Gladwin appeared in British television since the 1960s, some notable appearances include Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green and The Artful Dodger. He also had a recurring role in Coronation Street between 1963 and 1966 as Fred Jackson, owner of the local fish and chip shop. Despite his lifelong rhotacism (in which he often substituted the letter R for a guttural sound), he had two long running roles in television sitcoms, first as the myopic delivery driver Stan Hardman in Nearest and Dearest from 1968 to 1973 and as Wally Batty in Last of the Summer Wine from 1975 to 1987. He had completed work on the series' 1986 Christmas special and ninth series before his death.[2]

His film credits included appearances in Three Hats for Lisa (1966), Charlie Bubbles (1967), Work Is a Four-Letter Word (1968), The Reckoning (1969), the film version of Nearest and Dearest (1972), Escape from the Dark (1976) and Yanks (1979).


Gladwin died on 11 March 1987, aged 81, in Manchester.

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1959 The Artful Dodger Cedric Butterworth
1963 to 1966 Coronation Street Fred Jackson
1968 to 1973 Nearest and Dearest Stan Hardman
1975 The Wackers Joe Farrell
1975 to 1976 Striker Harry
1975 to 1987 Last of the Summer Wine Wally Batty
1978 The Losers Dennis Breene
1979 to 1980 How's Your Father? Mr Blenkinsop

He was also the voice of the "Hovis, real bread" television ads for many years.


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  2. ^ Hayward, Anthony (16 December 2008). "Kathy Staff: Nora Batty in 'Last of the Summer Wine' and veteran of ITV soaps". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 

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