Are You Being Served? actor Nicholas Smith dies aged 81 – BBC News

Image caption Smith played Cuthbert Rumbold in Are You Being Served?, popular for its innuendo and slapstick

Nicholas Smith, the star who played shop supervisor Mr Rumbold in the BBC comedy Are You Being Served?, has actually passed away aged 81.

He had actually been the last enduring member of the initial cast.

“It is with fantastic unhappiness we can validate that our customer died the other day,” his representatives at Michelle Braidman Associates stated.

“He was a great star and a charming male. He will be much missed out on by all who understood him.”

Image caption Mollie Sugden and Frank Thornton starred in the program with Smith
Image caption Are You Being Served? got more than 20 million audiences

They included that their ideas were with his household.

Smith’s child is the starlet Catherine Russell, who plays Serena Campbell in Holby City. She tweeted some current video footage of him on YouTube playing his own structure at the piano called The Music Lesson.

She stated : “My daddy passed away. Prior to he did we got this gem. Among his own structures.”

Smith, who passed away in healthcare facility on Sunday, had actually remained in medical facility for 7 weeks following a fall in the house.

Are You Being Served? was embeded in fictitious outlet store Grace Brothers and ranged from 1972 to 1985, typically bring in audiences of more than 20 million. Composed by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, much of its humour was based upon innuendo and slapstick.

It likewise starred John Inman, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton and Wendy Richard together with Smith, who played Cuthbert “Jug Ears” Rumbold, the supervisor.

Image caption Frank Thornton, who played Captain Peacock, passed away in 2013

Born in 1934 in Banstead, Surrey, Smith’s other TELEVISION functions consisted of parts in Doctor Who, The Frost Report, The Saint and The Avengers.

He played PC Yates in numerous episodes of the BBC authorities series Z Cars in between 1972-75.

Image caption Smith appeared in Last of the Summer Wine in 2008

More just recently, he was the voice of the eccentric Reverend Clement Hedges in Wallace &&Gromit movie The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005 ). In 2008 he looked like a vicar in Last of the Summer Wine.

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