John Quarmby

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John Quarmby (born 18 June 1929), is a plain-voiced English actor who had a career spanning over 50 years, was best known for the role of Mr Carnegie, the Health Inspector in the Fawlty Towers episode "Basil the Rat" and Henry Tobias (the newspaper editor) in K-9 and Company.

Quarmby played a variety of roles from the 1960s to the 1990s appearing in many long-running drama series such as Z-Cars, Softly, Softly, Juliet Bravo and Howards' Way. He also appeared in the 1982 television film The Scarlet Pimpernel. He appeared as a prison officer in Porridge in an episode entitled "The Hustler". He fondly recounts being paid £50 for the day's work.

Quarmby was born in Liverpool and after two years' national service in the RAF joined RADA in 1949. Repertory work dominated the first twenty years of his career, although he began appearing in television in 1956.


Year Title Role Notes
1960 Scotland Yard Plain Clothes Man 1 Episode ("Night Beat")
1967 Z-Cars Station Sergeant 1 Episode ("I Don't Want Evidence")
1974 Fall of Eagles Lamsdorf 1 Episode ("Dearest Nicky)
Porridge Prison Officer 1 Episode ("The Hustler")
1979 Fawlty Towers Mr. Carnegie 1 Episode ("Basil the Rat")
1981 K-9 and Company Henry Tobias Film
1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel Ponceau Film
1983 Juliet Bravo Solicitor 1 Episode ("Mates")
1984 A Christmas Carol Mr. Hacking Film
1985 Thirteen at Dinner Sir Montague's Butler Film

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