Michael Redfern

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Michael Redfern
Michael Ian Redfern

(1943-03-30) 30 March 1943 (age 77)
Known forDrama and comedy roles

Michael Ian Redfern (born 30 March 1943 in Isleworth, Middlesex) is an English actor, known for his appearances on television and stage.


Michael is perhaps best known for his role on the long-running British "Oxo family" television commercials, running from 1983 to 1999, in which he played the screen husband of Lynda Bellingham.[citation needed]

He has appeared in numerous television dramas and comedies as policemen over the years, namely The Young Detectives, Crossroads, The Offence, And Mother Makes Five, George & Mildred, Robin's Nest, The Young Ones, Filthy, Rich and Catflap, Boon and Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery

His other comedy appearances include roles in Man About the House with Richard O'Sullivan, Bless This House with Sid James and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em with Michael Crawford. With Ronnie Barker in Open All Hours, Porridge and The Two Ronnies 1982 Christmas Special playing the barman in the famous drink-ordering sketch. The '80s and '90s saw him act in episodes of Hi-de-Hi!, Never the Twain, Three Up, Two Down, Terry & June, Sorry! with Ronnie Corbett, Girls on Top, The Nineteenth Hole, Bottom and The Detectives. He appeared in several soap operas: United! (59 episodes); The Newcomers (128 episodes); EastEnders (1 episode) and Doctors (1 episode).

After the Oxo adverts, Redfern worked as a taxi driver and restaurateur before moving with his wife Carol to Spain, where he often works as a compere for quiz nights.[1]


  1. ^ Laws, Roz (2004). "The BOX: CLOSE-UP: Life's hard without my Oxo family." Retrieved 2010-12-19.

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