Saturday 17 February 2018

Carry On Originals: Gerald Campion

This is part of a new series of blogs looking back at the stars of the original Carry On film, Carry On Sergeant. 2018 marks 60 years since Sergeant was made and released so what better time to turn the focus on all those brilliant actors who brought our favourite series of comedy films to life?

We're continuing with an actor who found lasting fame on the small screen, Gerald Campion.

Role in Carry On Sergeant: Andy Calloway

Other Carry On roles: None

Other notable film performances: Fatty Gilbert in Fun at St Fanny's (1956); George in Inn for Trouble; Proudfoot in School for Scoundrels (both 1960); Charlie in Double Bunk (1961) and Minister in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).

Best remembered for: Playing Billy Bunter on television between 1952 and 1961 - despite playing the school boy, Gerald was 40 when the series eventually came to an end.

Did you know?: After retiring from acting Gerald made a success of running various bars and restaurants in London's West End. The most famous was Gerry's, a private member's club in Soho.

Gerry's Bar in Soho is named after him.

Gerald's mother, Blanche, was Charlie Chaplin's first cousin.

What happened to him?: Gerald died in Agen, France in July 2002 at the age of 81.

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