Derek Deadman

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Derek Deadman
Derek G. Deadman

11 March 1940
Died 22 November 2014(2014-11-22) (aged 74)
Frespech, France
Years active 1972–2010

Derek Deadman (11 March 1940 – 22 November 2014) was an English character actor who appeared in numerous British films and television series for 48 years.


Born in Fulham, Derek Deadman was one of the three sons of George and Edith Deadman. Derek had a son, Jake and two grandsons, Luke and Ari.[1]


Deadman appeared on television in minor roles before being cast in a more significant part as Rankin in two episodes of the RAF sitcom Get Some In! in 1975 and 1978. He then played Ringo in 39 of the 66 episodes of the series Never the Twain between 1981 and 1991. He also played the ruthless Sontaran Commander Stor in the Doctor Who serial The Invasion of Time.


His many film appearances include roles in The Canterbury Tales (1972), Queen Kong (1976), Jabberwocky (1977), The Glitterball (1977), The Big Sleep (1978), the film version of Porridge (1979), A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979), The Apple (1980), Time Bandits (1981), Never Say Never Again (1983), Bullshot (1983), Brazil (1985), National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), and the barman of The Leaky Cauldron, Tom, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001).


Deadman died of complications from diabetes in Frespech, France,[2] where he moved to upon his retirement, in 2014, aged 74.[3][4]


Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Canterbury Tales The Pardoner
1972 The Darwin Adventure Man #2
1976 Queen Kong Cockney Uncredited
1977 Jabberwocky Apprentice Armourer
1977 The Glitterball Ice cream man Uncredited
1978 The Big Sleep Customer in Bookshop
1979 Porridge Cooper
1979 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Nobby Flowers
1980 The Apple Bulldog
1981 Time Bandits Robert
1983 Funny Money Taxi Driver
1983 Never Say Never Again Porter at Shrublands
1983 Bullshot Reg Erskine
1985 Morons from Outer Space Man in Car
1985 Brazil Bill—Dept. of Works
1985 National Lampoon's European Vacation Taxi Driver
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Kneelock
2000 Honest Night Watchman
2001 Crush Little Crematorium Man
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Tom, Bartender in Leaky Cauldron
2010 A Goldfish of the Flame CIA Agent Flynn (final film role)


  1. ^ Rossiter, Leonard. "Biographies - Supporting Cast". Reggie Online: The Official Reginald Perrin web site. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ "In memoriam" (PDF). Equity Magazine: 30. Spring 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  3. ^ Lentz III, Harris (April 2015). "Obituaries". Classic Images. BLOX Content Management System. (478): 50–56. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  4. ^ Lentz III, Harris (April 2015). "Obituaries". Classic Images. BLOX Content Management System. (478): 50–56. Archived from the original on 3 April 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.

External links

  • Derek Deadman on IMDb

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