Robin Parkinson

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Christopher Robin Parkinson (born 25 October 1929, Coventry, Warwickshire[1]) is a British actor most known for his comedy roles. He appeared as the second actor to portray Monsieur Ernest Leclerc in 22 episodes of 'Allo 'Allo! (series 7–9), after the death of original portrayer Jack Haig and was a familiar face of comedy in the 1970s and 1980s.


His various appearances included Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Terry and June, The Young Ones, The Kenny Everett Television Show, Shelley, The Dick Emery Show, On The Buses, The Liver Birds and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? He also made a memorable appearance as Desmond, the love interest of Miss Jones in Rising Damp.

He began his career at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, and made his first film appearance as the jeweller's assistant in the 1963 film Billy Liar. Other films include Twisted Nerve, The Family Way and Catch Me A Spy.

He is also a nostalgic voice for children of the 1980s as the narrator of Button Moon, the cult children's show.

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His daughter Sarah Parkinson (1962–2003) was a British producer and writer of radio and television programmes, and was married to comedian Paul Merton until her early death from breast cancer aged 41.


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