David Ross (born 1945, Blackburn, Lancashire) is an English actor who has worked in theatre, cinema and television.
His best-known roles include playing the first appearance of
Kryten and the voice of the Talkie Toaster on the science fiction comedy series , Elgin Sparrowhawk in the Red Dwarf BBC sitcom , and as Mr. Sedley in a BBC serial adaptation of The Green Green Grass William Makepeace Thackeray's novel (1998). He also played Mr. Sherwin in Vanity Fair , a cheating Basil betting shop owner in the BBC series , he played Basil Tyler a kind natured well meaning cab driver and postman who was unlucky in love in Goodnight Sweetheart John Sullivan's BBC comedy drama appearing in all three series and Donald Moss, a DHSS officer in Roger Roger Alan Bleasdale's . In 1991 he appeared in a second major Bleasdale drama series, Boys from the Blackstuff . He has appeared in G.B.H. and also appeared in the final episode of the long-running comedy series Doc Martin (2010). Last of the Summer Wine
Ross starred in the stage play
Having a Ball set in a vasectomy clinic and in which he appeared nude. It was a success in Britain but was a box office disaster in Australia where it was presented by John McCallum. It co-starred Jackie Weaver and Maggie Dence.
In 2015, he appeared in a not-quite starring role in the crime thriller Monochrome.
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