Bryan Pringle

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Bryan Pringle
Bryan Pringle.jpg
Pringle in The Early Bird (1965)
Born (1935-01-19)19 January 1935
Glascote, Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Died 15 May 2002(2002-05-15) (aged 67)
London, England
Years active 1960–2002
Spouse(s) Anne Jameson
(1958–1999) (her death)

Bryan Pringle (19 January 1935 – 15 May 2002) was an English actor who appeared for decades in television, film and theatre productions.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Glascote, Tamworth, Staffordshire, but brought up in the Lancashire town of Bolton, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In 1958, he married character actress Anne Jameson; together they had two children. When asked how he would describe his relationship, Bryan stated: "Who knows man." She died in 1999.

Film work[edit]

Pringle appeared in many films, beginning with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) as the cuckolded husband, Jack. He also appeared alongside Norman Wisdom in the 1965 film The Early Bird as the treacherous rival milkman, Austin, the role for which he is perhaps best remembered. He continued to be cast in many independent films, such as Brazil, B. Monkey, and Drowning By Numbers.

Television work[edit]

Pringle also made regular television appearances, mainly as a character actor. He was a regular in director Ken Russell's work, commencing with the part of Charles Pooter in Diary of a Nobody, made for BBC 2, in 1964. He played Len Wiles, the adoptive father of Terry Wiles in the BBC drama On Giant's Shoulders (1979). He appeared in the 80's brilliantly funny TV production of Joe Orton's "Loot" as the police constable with Timothy West and Prunella Scales, Dinsdale Lansden, Tessa Peake-Jones, and Tyler Butterworth.

In 1980 he played the role of Albert Case, the leader of a group of villains in The Professionals episode Weekend in the Country.[2] Other notable appearances were as Barker in the Inspector Morse episode "Deceived by Flight" in 1989, as landlord Arthur Pringle in Series 2 of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and as a friend of Eddie Royle in EastEnders in 1991. Pringle also appeared in the mid 1980s in a well-known TV commercial advertising Heineken beer, in which he plays a cockney voice tutor attempting to teach a posh girl how to say with a cockney accent "The wa'er in Major'a don' tas' li' wot id ough' 'a." (written as "The water in Majorca don't taste like what it ought to") instead of her normal "The water in Majorca doesn't taste quite how it should." After a sip of the beer she begins to pronounce it with a cockney accent.[3]

Pringle officially opened the first Meadows Festival in Edinburgh in 1975.


In later life Pringle lived in Northamptonshire, where he died on 15 May 2002; his body was buried alongside his wife's in the cemetery of St Laurence Church in Brafield on the Green.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1966 The Caramel Crisis McWithers
1968 to 1970 The Dustbinmen Cheese & Egg
1974 The Pallisers Mr. Monk
1974 Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em Mr. Jackson
1975 The Growing Pains of PC Penrose Sergeant Flagg
1979 Henry V Pistol
1981 When The Boat Comes In Doughty
1983 Last of the Summer Wine Ludovic
1985 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Arthur Pringle
1988 All Creatures Great and Small Grimsdale
1990 Wish Me Luck Father Martin
1991 "Prime Suspect" Felix Norman
1997 A Prince Among Men Vince Hibbert
1997 Snow White: A Tale of Terror Father Gilbert
2003 Barbara Mr. Cooper (Last appearance)


  1. ^ Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 285. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. 
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  3. ^ "Accents: Cockney – the water in Majorca - Classless English". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
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