The Carry Ons are an actor's dream - no other work has allowed me such varied roles.

Bernard Bresslaw (25 February 1934 - 11 June 1993) was an English film and theatre actor.

Bernard always loved the theatre, thanks to trips to the Hackney Empire with his mother. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and made his stage début aged 19.

His role as private 'Popeye' Popplewell in the ITV sitcom The Army Game (1957-1961) made him a star. in 1958 he had a top-ten pop hit with Mad Passionate Love.

After concentrating on stage work in the early 1960s, Bernard had notable TV roles in Doctor Who (BBC 1967), Doctor in the House (ITV 1969) and The Goodies (BBC 1971). Films included the restoration comedy Joseph Andrews (1976), Terry gilliam's Jabberwocky (1977) and the comedy Leon the Pig Farmer (1992), but the stage remained his first love. [2]


  1. Autograph Gallery
  2. Classic Carry On Film Collection Issue 19