Aubrey Woods

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Aubrey Woods
Aubrey Woods.jpg
Woods as Bill the Candy Man in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Born (1928-04-09)9 April 1928
London, England
Died 7 May 2013(2013-05-07) (aged 85)
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 1946-1995 (49 years)
Spouse(s) Gaynor (1952–2013; his death)

Aubrey Woods (9 April 1928 – 7 May 2013)[1] was a British actor and singer, born in London.

Biography and career[edit]

Aubrey Woods was born on 9 April 1928, in London, and educated at The Latymer School in Edmonton, North London. His first film role was as Smike in Nicholas Nickleby (1947). On stage he played the role of Fagin in Lionel Bart's production of Oliver! at the New Theatre, St Martin's Lane in the 1960s alongside Nicolette Roeg and Robert Bridges. He played Alfred Jingle in the TV musical Pickwick for the BBC in 1969. Woods' best remembered film role is in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, where he played the character of Bill, the Candy Store Owner, singing "The Candy Man" near the beginning of the film, the single was later a hit for entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. During the early 1970s he collaborated on the musical Trelawny with friend Julian Slade.[2]

His television credits include Z-Cars, Up Pompeii!, Doctor Who (in the serial Day of the Daleks where he played a Controller in an alternate 22nd Century), Blake's 7, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Ever Decreasing Circles. He also appeared as Jacob and Potiphar in the 1991 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, the soundtrack of which topped the British albums chart in August 1991. Radio credits include the original radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, appearing in Fit the Sixth. He dramatised E. F. Benson's 1932 comic novel "Secret Lives" in three parts for BBC radio, and was also the narrator.


Woods died on 7 May 2013, at his home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, aged 85. He was survived by his wife Gaynor, whom he had met at RADA and married in 1952.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Aubrey Woods". The Times. 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Michael Coveney Obituary: Aubrey Woods, The Guardian, 14 May 2013

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