In the cinema, Davies played major roles in two Carry On films, Behind (1975) and England (1976) – in the latter again as a sergeant major. [1] Journalist Neil Clark, contributing to The Times in 2005, described his performance as the "definitive portrayal of a bullying and uneducated sergeant-major" and reported Spike Milligan was of the opinion that Davies' role was "the funniest comic performance he had ever" watched. Windsor was best known for his role as the sergeant major in the 1970s TV series. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. He died on Thursday 17 January, his family said. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Why tell them all your secrets, the trees don't have to know. Davies was with the show for a decade – playing antiques dealer Oliver Smallbridge from 1981 to 1991. TV favourite Windsor Davies - star of the BBC show 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum' - has died four months after his wife of 62 years passed away. RIP Windsor Davies.". Actor Tony Robinson was among those paying tribute to the star, writing on Twitter: "'Whispering grass don't tell them who kissed there long ago. Usage éditorial uniquement. From this unpromising material, Davies managed to tap into a vein of comedy in the tradition of pantomime slapstick. She died in September. [8] Another phrase was "Oh dear, how sad, never mind", delivered in a dry, ironic manner, and used when others around him had problems. The utter frustration and defiance of his bawling “Wa-ales! [23] Davies' hobby was birdwatching. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. It was created by Dads Army's David Croft and Jimmy Perry. 1981. All rights reserved. As well as several stage appearances, he had roles in more than 20 films -  including two Carry Ons. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. He was good at letting his aspirates collapse as he tried to deal with the recalcitrant men of Deolali – and he had one of the most eloquent moustaches in the business. Last September Davies' wife of 62 years, Eluned, died. He saw flames and quickly fled the building. [7] The couple had five children, four daughters and a son. You Have Enjoyed the Sweets - Now You Must Suffer the Sours, The Canon Yeoman's Tale/The Franklin's Tale, Rogues Gallery: The Bright Eyed Body Snatcher, Talking to a Stranger 4: The Innocent Must Suffer, Talking to a Stranger 3: Gladly, My Cross-Eyed Bear, The Saturday Special: All This and Ronnie Corbett Too, The Wade Family: A Day Trip to France - Le Havre, The Wade Family: A Day Trip to France - Channel Crossing. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Windsor Davies was born on August 28, 1930 in Canning Town, London, England. He was best known for his role as no-nonsense Battery Sergeant Major Williams in the hit Saturday night BBC comedy. His daughter Jane Davies said her parents left a large family "who will all remember them with love, laughter and gratitude". [17], A voice-over artist for advertisements, Davies' was heard in commercials for New Zealand's Pink Batts house insulations and confectionery ads for Cadbury's Wispa[18] and for Heinz Curried (Baked) Beans. The father-of-five died peacefully on Thursday, his family said. Windsor Davies (28 August 1930 – 17 January 2019)[1] was a British actor who performed in films and television shows between 1964 and 2004. 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En savoir plus; Numéro de l’image libre de droits: 1940988a; Source du contenu éditorial: Associated Newspapers/ Shutterstock; Fichier : 5 381 px x 3 344 px Usage éditorial uniquement. During two years of national service in the early 1950s with the army in North Africa, he had picked up the military manner that was to serve him well as an actor by observing and mimicking his commanding officers. He had small roles in numerous TV shows, often as police officers or authority figures, and was a paid heavy, Toby, in the Doctor Who story The Evil of the Daleks (1967), before landing the role in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, alongside Estelle, with whom he had toured in a club double-act. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Davies was born of Welsh-speaking parents in Canning Town, east London, but soon after the second world war began, in 1940, when he was 10 years old, he was sent to live with relatives at Nant-y-Moel in the Ogmore Valley of south Wales. "A genuinely lovely generous man. He was an actor, known for, Battery Sergeant-Major 'Shut Up' Williams, Actor Windsor Davies Feels Things are Never the Twain as Comedy is Broadcast on Filmon TV, Windsor Davies, It Ain't Half Hot Mum actor, dies aged 88. View our online Press Pack. In retirement, Davies lived in the south of France with his wife. Laurel and Hardy: Why didn't you tell me you had 2 legs - Duration: 7:34. The 88-year-old was best known as Battery Sergeant-Major Williams in the TV series that ran from 1974 to 1981. Jane Davies, their daughter, said her parents left a large family “who will all remember them with love, laughter and gratitude”. (Colin Blakely played the role of Vance in a pilot episode transmitted on BBC2 in December 1984.)[15]. His stentorian voice and livid features were also put to excellent use in Grand Slam (1978), a comic film made by BBC Wales. 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Davies was retired from acting and lived with his wife of 62 years. Editorial use only. Following It Aint Half Hot Mum, he played Oliver Smallbridge in the long-running ITV sitcom Never The Twain, which followed two rival antique dealers. The 88-year-old's family confirmed he died on Thursday. "Sergeant majors had these recognisable forms of expression and all that stuff. The actor Windsor Davies, best known for his role as the sergeant major in TV series It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, has died at the age of 88. Davies later played Oliver Smallbridge, alongside Donald Sinden, as two rival antique dealers in the ITV sitcom 'Never The Twain' - which ran for more than 60 episodes. His character was best known for dryly delivering the phrase "Oh dear, how sad, never mind" whenever someone around him had problems, Ray Cooney, Windsor Davies, Henry McGee and John Quayle, His later career was dedicated to providing voice work for adverts and audiobooks. They knew it too, and took pride in it," he once said. Don Estelle & Windsor Davies - Three Coins In The Fountain - Duration: 2:09. strawberg 14,174 views. Taking to Twitter after news of Davies' passing broke, Allo Allo actress Vicki Michelle wrote: "So so sad to hear about Windsor Davies one of my favourite people. Last modified on Mon 21 Jan 2019 17.42 GMT. Between 1974 and 1981 he played Battery Sergeant Major Williams in the sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum. 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Stage and screen actor best known for playing the ferocious sergeant major in the TV comedy series It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Sun 20 Jan 2019 14.37 GMT ", delivered as an eardrum-shattering military scream. [2] He died on 17 January 2019, aged 88, four months after the death of his wife, Eluned. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. [1], After retiring, he lived in the south of France. The family show ran for 56 episodes between 1974 and 1981 and was set in Burma at the end of the Second World War. The other was played by Donald Sinden. In 1981 Windsor starred alongside Donald Sinden in Never the Twain. In retirement, Davies lived in the south of France with his wife. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). He died on January 17, 2019 in the UK. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Born in Canning Town, London, in 1930, Davies worked as a coal miner and did national service in Libya and Egypt with the East Surrey Regiment in the eary 1950s before deciding to become an actor. [6] In 1957, he married Eluned Lynne Evans; she died in September 2018. One of his first credits was in a 1967 episode of Doctor Who. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. A lot came from [writers] David Croft and Jimmy Perry who were both ex-Army. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? In 1961 Davies was the Tramp in the company’s production of Arnold Wesker’s The Kitchen and Wallace Morton in Gwyn Thomas’s The Keep. He also coined the catchphrase “lovely boy”, liberally used by Williams as he delivers the latest ear-bashing to his troops. Rex. [6], Davies had become active in amateur dramatics and took a short drama course at a Kew theatre company. Then 11, Bell killed two young boys and gloated to friends that she was a murderer, Single man adopts all five siblings so they won't ever to be separated again. One of his first credits was in a 1967 episode of Doctor Who. Speaking about her father's death, Davies' daughter Jane Davies said her parents left a large family "who will all remember them with love, laughter and gratitude".