Roy Heather

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Roy Heather
Born (1935-05-20)20 May 1935
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Died 3 September 2014(2014-09-03) (aged 79)
Purbrook, Hampshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) (1) Doreen: 3s Nicholas, Christopher and Andrew;
(2) Sarah Vernon (1982-1987);
(3) Sara Taylor (m. 10 May 1993 – 3 September 2014; his death)

Roy Heather (20 May 1935 – 3 September 2014) was an English television actor best remembered for playing cafe owner Sid in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses.[1]

Heather was born in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire and after leaving school he worked for an asbestos firm before National Service with the Royal Air Force. He then did several jobs including Betterware household goods salesman whilst continuing his interest in amateur acting.[1] He was spotted by David Tudor who gave him his first professional job in repertory theatre at the age of 44. While working for Tudor he played many leading roles including Frank in Winter Journey, Reg in The Norman Conquests and co-starred in the world premiere of Aurelia, with Ingrid Pitt. He debuted the role of "Pistol" in Peter Mottley's stage monologue, After Agincourt.

Heather has appeared in various British television shows, usually in small roles, including Edge of Darkness, Poirot, The Legacy of Reginald Perrin, Birds of a Feather, Bottom, The Green Green Grass, The Bill and an episode of series 10 of BBC sitcom My Family. He appeared as a nameless old man in the Al Murray/Richard Herring programme Time Gentlemen Please. He attended fan conventions for Only Fools and Horses.

Death[edit]

Heather died in Purbrook, Hampshire from undisclosed causes on 3 September 2014. He was 79 years old.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Webber, Richard (2002). The Complete A-Z of Only Fools and Horses. Orion. ISBN 978- 0752847313. 
  2. ^ "RIP Roy Heather [1935-2014] aka Sid the cafe owner in #OFAH". Rogues & Vagabonds. Retrieved 28 September 2014.