7 July 1941
London, England, UK
Christopher Beeny (born 7 July 1941) is an English actor. A former child actor, he is probably best known for his work as the footman Edward on the 1970s television series Upstairs, Downstairs, Billy Henshaw on the Yorkshire Television sitcom In Loving Memory and also as an incompetent debt collector and golfer in Last of the Summer Wine.
Beeny was born in London. He spent several years at the Arts Educational School, and later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. As a child, Beeny began his career at the age of six when he danced for the Ballet Rambert.
His big break came when he appeared in 47 episodes, as Edward Barnes, in the award-winning period drama Upstairs, Downstairs which ran for five series in the early to mid-1970s and was shown in more than 90 countries around the world. He went on to appear as Geoffrey in Miss Jones and Son; as Tony in the remake of The Rag Trade and as Billy Henshaw, Thora Hird’s co-star in In Loving Memory.
In 2001 he made a guest appearance in Last of the Summer Wine, something which he repeated numerous times until 2009 when he joined the cast as a permanent character. He appeared originally as the character Herman Teasdale, who later became Morton Beamish.
In 2006, he played a cameo role in Emmerdale. Coincidentally, he played the cousin of the character Noreen Bell, who had been played by his Upstairs, Downstairs co-star Jenny Tomasin. Beeny also played cameo roles in BBC TV's Sense & Sensibility and ITV's series Honest
Beeny's theatre appearances have included Stop the World – I Want to Get Off; The Long The Short And The Tall; Scapino; How the Other Half Loves; Night Must Fall; Oliver!; Who Saw Him Die; The Unexpected Guest; Boeing,Boeing; Move Over, Mrs. Markham; Bedroom Farce; Run For Your Wife; Rough Crossing; Present Laughter; Brief Encounter; Caught In The Net; Crazy For You; Ten Times Table, and Lark Rise to Candleford.
Beeny also toured in the play There's No Place Like a Home with Gorden Kaye, and in 2011 toured in Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting On A Park Bench. He is scheduled to appear in pantomime at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells in late 2011, early 2012.
Beeny's son, James, formed the band Virgin Soldiers in 2009 and has co-written a production that commemorates the 100th Anniversary of WWI. The production, The Dreamers, premiered at the Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells in October 2014, and reached the West End in the summer of 2015. Beeny plays the role of The Storyteller in the production.
- 1953 "The Long Memory"
- 1953 "The Kidnappers"
- 1954 "Child's Play"
- 1955 "It's a Great Day"
- 1960 "A French Mistress"
- 1963 "Doctor in Distress" (uncredited)
- 1963 "Bitter Harvest" (uncredited)
- 1974 "Crown Matrimonial" (TV film)
- 1984 "Pop Pirates"
- 1954-57 "The Grove Family"
- 1960 "Probation Officer"
- 1961 "ITV Television Playhouse"
- 1960-61 "Emergency-Ward 10"
- 1962 "Dixon of Dock Green"
- 1962 "Outbreak of Murder"
- 1963 "The Plane Makers"
- 1963 "ITV Play of the Week" - "For King and Country No.1: Out There"
- 1970 "Softly, Softly: Task Force"
- 1971 "The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes"
- 1973 "Armchair Theatre"
- 1975 "The Sweeney"
- 1975 "My Old Man"
- 1971-75 "Upstairs, Downstairs"
- 1977-78 "Miss Jones and Son"
- 1977-78 "The Rag Trade"
- 1969; 1979-86 "In Loving Memory"
- 2006 "Emmerdale"
- 2008 "Sense & Sensibility" (mini-series)
- 2008 "Honest"
- 2001-10 "Last of the Summer Wine"