Simon Cadell

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Simon Cadell
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Simon Cadell
Born Simon John Cadell
(1950-07-19)19 July 1950
London, England
Died 6 March 1996(1996-03-06) (aged 45)
Westminster, England
Cause of death Lung cancer
Spouse(s) Rebecca Croft (1985 - 6 March 1996) (his death)
Children 2 sons

Simon John Cadell (19 July 1950 – 6 March 1996) was an English actor, best known for his portrayal of Jeffrey Fairbrother in the first five series of the BBC situation comedy Hi-de-Hi!.

Early life[edit]

Born in London, he was the son of theatrical agent John Cadell, grandson of the Scottish character actress Jean Cadell, the brother of the actress Selina Cadell and commercials director Patrick Cadell, the cousin of the actor Guy Siner and son-in-law of the television producer David Croft. He was educated at The Hall School in Hampstead and Bedales School at Petersfield where his close friends included Gyles Brandreth, who remained a friend until Cadell's death.[1]

Career[edit]

Cadell trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His first successes were found in the theatre in the mid to late 1970s. He then provided the voice of Blackberry in the animated adaptation of Watership Down (1978), based on the novel by Richard Adams. Subsequently he had roles in television programmes such as Enemy at the Door (1978–80), and also appeared briefly in the disaster film Meteor (1979) as a TV news reporter.

He is best remembered for his role as the well-meaning holiday camp manager Jeffrey Fairbrother in the BBC situation comedy Hi-de-Hi! (1980–84) and for playing the disingenuous civil servant Dundridge in the screen adaptation of a novel by Tom Sharpe, Blott on the Landscape (1985).

On radio he played the elven-king Celeborn in the BBC adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (1981). He starred in the BBC sitcom Life Without George (1987-1989) which ran for three series and also featured Carol Royle in a leading role.

Cadell appeared in the 1991 British comedy series Singles. Other television credits include, Minder, Bergerac, The Kenny Everett Television Show and Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected. He was also in heavy demand as a voice-over for television commercials.

He also narrated the children's television series Bump for the BBC which is all about a baby elephant (who always bumps into things) and his friend Birdie.

Personal life[edit]

In 1985 Cadell married actress Rebecca Croft, the daughter of Dad's Army co-creator David Croft. The couple had two sons.

Death[edit]

In January 1993 Cadell suffered a near-fatal heart attack after giving a recital with Joanna Lumley at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in London. He returned to the stage four months after undergoing triple heart bypass surgery, but was diagnosed with cancer in September 1993,[2] while being treated for pneumonia.[3]

On 6 March 1996 Cadell died at the age of 45,[4][5] 12 weeks before his best friend Jeremy Sinden also died of lung cancer. Sinden had been born 5 weeks before him, and his father, Donald Sinden, had been a client of Cadell's father John, for over 30 years.[6]

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978-1980 Enemy at the Door Hauptsturmführer Reinicke
1978 Edward & Mrs. Simpson Major John Aird
1980-1984 Hi-de-Hi! Prof. Jeffrey Fairbrother
1981 Bergerac Hedley Cross "Campaign for Silence" (1981)
1981-1984 Tales of the Unexpected Co-pilot
Sam Luke
"Hijack" (1981)
"Have a Nice Death" (1984)
1985 Blott on the Landscape Mr. Dundridge
1987-1989 Life Without George Larry Wade
1989 Anything More Would Be Greedy Narrator
1991 Singles Denis Duvall

Films roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Watership Down Blackberry Voice
1979 Meteor BBC News Reporter Uncredited
1996 The Cold Light of Day Vladimir Kozant

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicholas Shakespeare "The Diary of a Lifetime by Gyles Brandreth: review", Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2009
  2. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-simon-cadell-1340890.html
  3. ^ http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12117774.Simon_Cadell_dies_after_two_year_cancer_battle/
  4. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: MAR 1996 A38C 170 WESTMINSTER - Simon John Cadell, DoB 19 Jul 1950, aged 45
  5. ^ Alexandra Younger (1996-03-08). "Obituary: Simon Cadell - Obituaries - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  6. ^ Croydon Life issue 14 June 2008

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