Frank Windsor Higgins
12 July 1928
Walsall, Staffordshire, England
|Died||30 September 2020 (aged 92)|
Frank Windsor Higgins (12 July 1928 – 30 September 2020), known professionally as Frank Windsor, was an English actor, primarily known for his roles on television, especially policeman John Watt in Z-Cars and its spin-offs.
Windsor attended Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall, and studied speech training and drama at the Central School of Speech and Drama, then based at the Royal Albert Hall, London. He played Detective Sergeant John Watt in Z-Cars from 1962 to 1965, and thereafter its spin-offs Softly, Softly (1966–1969), Softly, Softly: Taskforce (1969–1976), Jack the Ripper (1973), and Second Verdict (1976). He also returned as Watt for the final episode of Z-Cars itself in 1978.
He appeared as "Tobin" in Series 6, Episode 9 of The Avengers.
In 1969, he appeared in the pilot episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in the episode "My Late Lamented Friend and Partner" as Sorrensen, a wealthy businessman with a murderous streak. His lighter side was demonstrated in the pilot episode of the situation comedy The Dustbinmen in 1968, and as Scoutfinder General in an episode of The Goodies.
From 1987 to 1989, he starred in the comedy drama Flying Lady written by Brian Finch. He also starred as a rather old-fashioned headmaster grappling with problems in education in Headmaster, which started as a single play in Play for Today in 1974. It was expanded into a six-part series in 1977.
He had regular roles in the BBC drama Casualty; the ITV drama Peak Practice; he played Major Charlie Grace in EastEnders (1992); appeared twice in Doctor Who; had various stage roles, and in his later years appeared in television commercials advertising life-assurance policies for people over 50. He was the subject of This Is Your Life on 3 December 1975 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the Metropolitan Police Sports Club in East Molesey.
He was married to Mary Corbett from October 1959 until his death. They had two children. Windsor died at his home in London in September 2020, at the age of 92.
- This Sporting Life (1963) – Dentist
- The Jokers (1967) – Policeman in Court (uncredited)
- Spring and Port Wine (1969) – Ned Duckworth
- Dropout (1970)
- Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) – Bill Hodson
- Assassin (1973) – John Stacy
- Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974) – Police Sergeant
- Leyland Cars – The Quality Connection (1975) – Police Officer/Commentator
- Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) – Blodgett
- The London Connection (1979) – McGuffin
- Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective (1981) – Fred Fennell
- Coming Out of the Ice (1982) – Sam Herman
- Doll's Eye (1982) – Restaurant Businessman
- Doctor Who – 4 episodes in 1983 and 1989
- The Shooting Party (1985) – Glass
- Revolution (1985) – Gen. Washington
- Out of Order (1987) – Traffic Warden
- All Creatures Great and Small (1989) – David Rayner in episode "Mending Fences"
- Lovejoy (1991) – Ralph Peagram in episode Raise the Hispanic
- EastEnders (1 episode in 1992) – Major Grace
- Midsomer Murders (1999) – George Meakham in S2:E2 "Strangler’s Woods"
- Between Two Women (2000) – Mr Walker (final film role)
- ^ "Frank Windsor, star of Z-Cars and Softly, Softly, dies aged 92". The Guardian. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
- ^ Cole, Marion, ed. (1967). Fogie: the life of Elsie Fogerty C.B.E. London: Peter Davis.
- ^ a b Frank Windsor at IMDb
- ^ "Obituary: Brian Finch". The Guardian. 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- ^ Saunders, Emmaline; Pike, Molly (2 October 2020). "Frank Windsor dead: EastEnders and Z-Cars legend dies at home surrounded by family". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
- ^ "Frank Windsor obituary". The Guardian. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
- Frank Windsor at IMDb
- Frank Windsor discography at Discogs
- 1928 births
- 2020 deaths
- 20th-century English male actors
- 21st-century English male actors
- Alumni of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
- English male film actors
- English male stage actors
- English male television actors
- People educated at Queen Mary's Grammar School
- People from Walsall
- Actors from Staffordshire