2 February 1931|
|Died||23 May 2018(aged 87)|
Yootha Joyce (1956–68; divorced)|
Christine Pilgrim (divorced)
Edwards was born in Penang, Malaya, on 2 February 1931. His father, who spent little time on him, was a rubber planter at the time of his birth and died later in 1946. His mother died shortly after his birth and he was raised first by his grandparents in Southsea, Hampshire, and then by his father and stepmother, who ran a pub in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Edwards attended Clayesmore School in Dorset. As a teenager Edwards was an amateur actor and then went to Trinidad, where he worked first as a sugar farmer and then as assistant stage manager and compere of calypso shows for tourists. He spent a year and a half at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London and was then employed as a stage manager at the King’s Theatre in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
He trained as an actor at Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop and appeared in her productions of The Good Soldier Švejk and two plays by Brendan Behan, The Quare Fellow and The Hostage, all of which transferred from the Theatre Royal Stratford East to the West End. He also appeared in Littlewood's production of Lionel Bart's musical version of Frank Norman's play Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be, opposite Miriam Karlin and Barbara Windsor.
In 1964 Edwards chose to take the role of Corporal Allen in Cy Endfield's film Zulu over a part in Littlewood's stage show Oh! What a Lovely War. He later said: "I earned 10 times as much money from Bran Flakes as I did from the whole of the movie of Zulu."
He is probably best known for his role as Dave 'the barman' Harris, owner of the Winchester Club in 10 series of ITV drama Minder. He appeared in numerous TV shows including Callan, The Professionals, Public Eye, Spindoe, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Dixon of Dock Green, Man About the House, Softly, Softly and The Saint. He was also a regular in two series of the ITV legal drama The Main Chance (1972, 1975). His most notable film appearances were in Robbery, Zulu and Get Carter.
He played a number of sinister characters, particularly Mr Dix, the schoolteacher in the early 70s sitcom Please Sir! and a menacing gamekeeper in ITV's Thriller (1973). Ironically he was often cast either as a policeman or a villain.
Edwards appeared in the rock band Marillion's video for "Heart of Lothian", shot in 1985, in which he played a barman. He also starred in a popular TV commercial for McVitie's rich tea biscuits as "Jacko", saying, "Yeah, I'll make a statement. A drink's too wet without one!"
Edwards's first wife was the actress Yootha Joyce, who also trained at Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. They were married from 1956 to 1968. After their divorce, he married the former Benny Hill Show girl Christine Pilgrim. From the 1980s, he was married to Valerie Edwards.
|1957||The Heart Within||1st Constable|
|1962||A Prize of Arms||Boone||Uncredited|
|1963||Sparrows Can't Sing||Charlie's friend||Uncredited|
|1964||Zulu||Corporal William Allen|
|1965||The Ipcress File||Police station sergeant|
|1968||The Blood Beast Terror||Sgt. Allan|
|The Bofors Gun||Sergeant-Major West|
|1970||Fragment of Fear||CID Superintendent|
|1971||Get Carter||Albert Swift|
|1972||Under Milk Wood||Mr Cherry Owen|
|Burke & Hare||Hare|
|All Coppers Are...||Jock|
|1973||Shaft in Africa||Vanden|
|1974||11 Harrowhouse||First Guard||Credited as Glyn Edwards|
|1977||The Stick Up||First Roadblock Policeman|
|1978||The Playbirds||Chief Superintendent Holbourne|
|1979||Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair||Chief Inspector Evans|
|1983||Red Monarch||Vlasek||TV movie|
|1987||Out of Order||Barman|
|1988||The Seventh Sign||Newscaster #1|
|1963–1976||Dixon of Dock Green||Various||10 episodes|
|1963||The Human Jungle||Albert Stokes||Episode: The Two Edged Sword|
|1964||Z-Cars||Mr Cooper / Mr Aldiss||2 episodes|
|1966||King of the River||Jack Elliot||Episode: Foreign Invasion|
|1967–1968||The Saint||Leander / Igor||2 episodes|
|1968–1969||Journey to the Unknown||Brown||Episode: Stranger in the Family|
|1969||The Avengers||Blackie||Episode: The Interrogators|
|1970||Steptoe and Son||George||Episode Steptoe and Son – and Son!|
|1971||Public Eye||Alf Bain||Episode: Who Wants To Be Told Bad News?|
|1971||Bless This House||Motor-cycle Policeman||Episode: For Whom the Bells Toll|
|1972–1978||Crown Court||Various||5 episodes|
|1975–1976||Man About The House||Chrissy's father||2 episodes|
|1977–1978||The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin||Mr. Pelham||3 episodes|
|1977–1979||The Paper Lads||Jack Crawford||14 episodes|
|1978||Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em||Mr Lewis||3 episodes|
|1979||The Professionals||Alfred Cole||Episode: Servant of Two Masters|
|1979–1994||Minder||Dave Harris||95 episodes, (final appearance)|
|1982||Legacy of Murder||Henchman|
|1983||Jack of Diamonds||Reg||(comedy thriller with Dick Emery)|
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