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20 June 1938
Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK
|Years active||1966 - present|
He played Billy Hardcastle on the British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 1999 until he decided to leave the series following the 27th series of 2006. (Billy was a comedy character who believed he was a direct descendant of Robin Hood.) He also made guest appearances on Heartbeat, Dalziel and Pascoe and an episode of Cold Feet, and appeared in the TV movie Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise. In 2007 he played Frank Nicholls in Coronation Street having previously appeared in the series in the guise of a different character; that of Les Battersby's mate, Charlie West. He won a Sony Radio Award in 1993 for his portrayal of the Lancashire comedian Frank Randle in the play Randle's Scandals.
|1999–2006||Last of the Summer Wine||Billy Hardcastle|
|2004, 2006||Christmas Lights & Northern Lights||Eric|
|2007||Coronation Street||Frank Nicholls|