Nobody could ever think of me as a star. I just act myself.[1]

Sid James (8 May 1913 - 26 April 1976) was a British comedy actor.


The son of music hall artistes, his early professional life included spells as a coal heaver, diamond digger and boxer. He joined the Johannesburg Repertory Players in 1937, staring as George in Of Mice and Men. After wartime service in an entertainment unit and an anti tank regiment, he moved to London in 1946.[1]

Early film roles included appearances in The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Titfield Thunderbolt (1952). He was Tony Hancock's foil in Hancock's Half Hour, before starring in TV sitcoms Citizen James (1960-62), George and the Dragon (1966-68) and Bless This House (1971-76).[2]

In the Carry OnsEdit

Initally playing the bemused authority figure, Sid soon became the chuckling hero with an healthy appetite for pleasure. His womanising hard drinking screen image seamlessly blurred into reality. Whether playing Henry VIII or a randy plumber he was always Sid.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Classic Carry On Film Collection Issue 1
  2. McGovern, Una. 2002. page 794


  • McGovern, Una. Chambers Biographical Dictionery. Chmabers. 2002. ISBN 0550-10051-2
  • Classic Carry On Film Collection. De Agnosti UK Ltd. 2003-2005.