Rodney Bewes from The Likely Lads #3
Rodney Bewes from the 1984 Doctor Who serial Resurrection of the Daleks.
Rodney Bewes is an English television actor and writer who is best known for playing Bob Ferris in the BBC sitcom The Likely Lads (1964–66) and its colour sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–74)
Bewes was born in Bingley, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, but later raised mainly in Luton, where he attended Stopsley Boys School. From the age of 12 he appeared in several television plays for the BBC, and then at 14 he moved to London to attend RADA's preparatory school.
After several odd jobs and National Service in the RAF, Bewes fell into RADA training and in the early 1960s appeared in rep theatre as well as the TV shows Z-Cars (1963) and Dixon of Dock Green (1962). He also appeared in the classic film version of Billy Liar (1963) alongside his close friend Tom Courtenay.
In between his two spells as a 'Likely Lad' in the 1960s and 1970s, Bewes also appeared in Man in a Suitcase (1967), Father Dear Father (1968) and as "Mr. Rodney" on The Basil Brush Show (1968–69). Bewes starred in his own ITV sitcom Dear Mother...Love Albert (1969–72), which he created and co-wrote. He also appeared in the film Spring and Port Wine (1970) which starred James Mason, and played the Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972).
Some of Bewes' later film and television roles include Jabberwocky (1977), The Spaceman and King Arthur (1979), The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980) and the 1984 Doctor Who serial Resurrection of the Daleks.
Although he is better known for his comedic and light entertainment roles, viewers were given an opportunity to see Bewes serious acting ability in a made-for-TV film adaptation of John Ford's seventeenth-century play, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1980).
During 1982, he served as spokesman for the now defunct trade organisation, The British Onion Marketing Board, appearing in a number of print advertisements during the year.
On stage Bewes has enjoyed considerable success in the 1990s and since with one-man versions of Three Men in a Boat and Diary of a Nobody, both of which shows he has toured extensively in the UK.
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