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Ian Carmichael


Born - 18 June 1920, Kingston-Upon-Hull, England
Died - 5 February 2010

Suddenly a star in his mid 30s, this light-haired (very) English comedy actor had barely started a stage career when World War Two military service intervened. After hostilities ceased, he broke into films with small roles in Bond Street (1948), Trottie True (1949) and Miss Robin Hood. Although unable to break away from dithering, upper-class twits, he began to win better roles, notably in The Colditz Story (1954) and especially Simon and Laura (1955), as a harassed TV producer, a repeat of a stage success. That brought him to the attention of The Boulting Brothers, who starred him as the hapless bungler for whom little goes right, in Private's Progress (1955), Brothers in Law (1956), Lucky Jim (1957) and I'm All Right Jack (1959). His popularity wavered in the mid 1960s, and he found richer rewards on TV, notably as P G Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster and Dorothy L Sayers' detective Lord Peter Wimsey. His last film was Diamond Skulls (1989). He married (second) the novelist Kate Fenton in 1992 some years after his first wife died.