Vickery was born at Blaencwm village, near Treorchy, in the Rhondda, South Wales. His father was a miner. He began his career writing for amateur companies, while working as a bus conductor. In 1989 he took up writing full-time.
He wrote over thirty plays, for both stage and radio, including Family Planning, All's Fair, and Errogenous Zones. He often appeared in his own work, playing characters such as "Teddy" in Granny Annie, and also appeared in pantomime.
One of Vickery's best-known comedies was One O’clock from the House, in which the plot centred around preparations for a funeral. It was performed by many amateur groups. His one-person play, Sleeping with Mickey, was adapted for television in 1994, starring Brenda Blethyn.
- Michael Quinn (27 June 2018). "Obituary: Frank Vickery – 'the Ayckbourn of the Valleys'". The Stage. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
- Playwright Frank Vickery dies after short illness
- "Frank Vickery is aiming for the funny bone in Welsh tour of Granny Annie". WalesOnline. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- Matt Fry. "One O'clock from the House". NODA. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- Audrey Jenkins. "Bringing the House Down". Tredegar Little Theatre. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- "Sleeping with Mickey (1994)". BFI. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
- Graham Williams. "Reviews". Mal Pope. South Wales Evening Post. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
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