Bill Maynard ( 8th October 1928 - 30th March 2018) was a British comic actor most famous for his roles as Selwyn Froggitt in Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! (1974-1977) and its sequel Selwyn (1978), and as Claude Greengrass in Heartbeat (1992-2000) and its spin-off series The Royal (2003).


Bill Maynard

On Coronation Street he played Mickie Malone in March 1970.

His small-screen career began in the 1950s, starring in his own comedy shows Great Scott, It's Maynard! and Mostly Maynard. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he was one of the most familiar faces of television comedy, with credits including Bert in Till Death Us Do Part (a role he originated in the 1969 film version), Up Pompeii!, Sykes, Love Thy Neighbour, Chico the Rainmaker, The Life of Riley, Paradise Island, Worzel Gummidge, The Gaffer and In Sickness and in Health.

Maynard's dramatic talents were showcased in, among others: No Hiding Place, Armchair Theatre, Hunter's Walk, The Inheritors, The Sweeney, Trinity Tales, Tales of the Unexpected, Minder and Dalziel and Pascoe.

His film credits include: One More Time, Carry on Loving, Carry on Henry, Carry on at Your Convenience, Bless This House, Carry on Matron, Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width, Steptoe and Son Ride Again, Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Carry on Dick, Confessions of a Window Cleaner, Man About the House, Confessions of a Pop Performer, Confessions of a Driving Instructor and Confessions from a Holiday Camp.

He died on Good Friday, 2018 from complications following a fall.

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