Friday 27 April 2018

Carry On Originals: Terry Scott

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 rose to lasting sitcom stardom, Terry Scott.

Role in Carry On Sergeant: Sergeant Paddy O'Brien

Other Carry On roles: After a ten year gap, Terry returned to the Carry Ons for leading parts in Up The Khyber, Camping, Up The Jungle, Loving, Henry and Matron. Terry also appeared in two television specials with the gang, Carry On Christmas in 1969 and Carry On Again Christmas the following year.

Other notable film performances: Terry worked again for Rogers and Thomas in their 1972 film Bless This House, playing Ronald Baines with June Whitfield as his wife and Carol Hawkins playing his daughter. Other films included a Police Sergeant in Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957); Donald in The Bridal Path; Crawley in I'm All Right Jack (both 1959); a River Policeman in Double Bunk (1961); PC Wells in Murder Most Foul (1964) and Robert in Doctor in Clover (1966).

Best Remembered for: His twenty year working relationship with the wonderful June Whitfield. They first worked together in 1968 in Terry's series Scott On ... before June first played his wife in Happy Ever After (1974 - 1978) and the follow up, Terry and June (1979 - 1987). The pair also starred in numerous stage shows.

Did you know?: From 1981 to 1992, Terry voiced the character of Penfold the hamster in the children's animation series Danger Mouse.

What happened to him?: From the late 1970s, Terry Scott suffered from a wide range of health problems. A workaholic, Terry continued to appear on television in Terry and June until it was axed in 1987. Despite failing health, he kept working in theatre productions at home and abroad until his final illness. Terry died at the age of 67 in July 1994 at his home in Surrey.

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