Wednesday 23 May 2018

Carry On Originals: Cyril Chamberlain

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? 

I'm continuing today with an actor who never quite became a household name, despite appearing in countless post-war British films, Cyril Chamberlain. 

Role in Carry On Sergeant: Gun Sergeant

Other Carry On roles: Bert Able in Carry On Nurse; Alf Hudson in Carry On Teacher; Thurston in Carry On Constable; Policeman in Carry On Regardless; Tom Tree in Carry On Cruising and Sarge in Carry On Cabby. 

Other notable film performances: Among Cyril's 160 screen credits are several Doctor films (In the House, At Sea, At Large, In Love) for Betty Box and several other films for Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas, including Please Turn Over, as Mr Jones; a Guard in Upstairs and Downstairs (1959); a Porter in Raising The Wind (1961) and Mrs Webb's Teammate in The Iron Maiden (1962).

Best remembered for: Alongside Kenneth Connor, Cyril was a regular presence in first seven Carry On films. 

Did you know?: Apparently Cyril had a small, uncredited part in the 1964 film Carry On Spying however despite repeated screenings I'm yet to spot him!

Following his retirement, Cyril spent his last years indulging his love of antiques and restoring antique furniture.

What happened to him?: Sadly Cyril died at the age of 65 in December 1974. He was married to the actress Lisa Lee and together they had one child. 

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