Thursday 12 October 2017

Happy Birthday Robin Askwith!


Many happy returns to star of stage and screen Robin Askwith, who turns 67 years young today! Robin, still a prolific and rather vibrant presence on television and at fan conventions and events, has had a long and varied career in British entertainment.

Getting his big break in the film If in the late 1960s, Robin quickly made a name for himself in the usual range of cult horror and comedies that were the backbone of the British film industry during the 1970s. He first came to the attention of Carry On fans with his role as Mike Abbott, son of Sidney in the big screen version of the sitcom Bless This House, in 1972. Working for Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas on this film, packed with familiar Carry On faces, meant an appearance in the series was only a matter of time.

The following year, Robin played Larry Prodworthy, photographer son of June Whitfield's legendary Augusta, in Carry On Girls. Robin enjoyed a memorable scene with Margaret Nolan on Brighton beach (!) More Carry Ons would surely have followed had the Confessions films not come calling in 1974. The Confessions series took Carry On innuendo to a whole new level with a much more relaxed attitude to sex and nudity, while still peppering the cast with legends of film comedy. 

Robin continues to act today, with recent appearances including television shows such as Casualty, Emmerdale and two stints in Coronation Street. Although he has lived on the island of Gozo for many years, he makes regular trips back to the UK and has struck up a regular working relationship with the lovely people at The Misty Moon Film Society.


And long may it all continue! Whatever Robin is up to today, I hope he has an excellent birthday!  

You can read the first part of my interview with Robin here

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