Brian Rawlinson

Brian Rawlinson (12 November 1931 23 November 2000) was an English actor and writer for films and TV from the 1950s.

Brian Rawlinson
Brian Rawlinson playing Robert Onedin in the episode "A Cold Wind Blowing" in the series The Onedin Line
Brian Rawlinson

(1931-11-12)12 November 1931
Died23 November 2000(2000-11-23) (aged 69)
Exeter, Devon, England
Years active1960–1980

Rawlinson was born in Stockport, Cheshire. He appeared in several films (including several in the Carry On series) but was more frequently on television, a regular role being Robert Onedin in the BBC TV serial The Onedin Line. He also played character roles in many other TV programmes such as Coronation Street, The Baron, Z-Cars, Market in Honey Lane, The Bill, Heartbeat, Danger Man, Goodnight Sweetheart and Last of the Summer Wine, in which he played Cyril Gridley, which was his final appearance. He was also in the series The Buccaneers, playing Gaff Guernsey.

As a writer, Rawlinson wrote several plays, but was most involved in the mid-1970s BBC serial Churchill's People, an adaptation based on Winston Churchill's book A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a heavily misconceived venture. He was later interviewed about his association with the series on TV Hell, a theme night that BBC Two ran in 1992 on bad television programmes.

He died in Exeter, Devon on 23 November 2000 aged 69.


Year Title Role Notes
1957Dangerous ExileDylan Evans
1958Behind the MaskMr. MaddoxUncredited
1960No KiddingWill
1960Sword of Sherwood Forest1st FalconerUncredited
1961The Unstoppable ManMoonlight Jackson
1962Carry On CruisingNervous Steward
1962The Iron MaidenAlbert, Village Constable
1963Nurse on WheelsPoliceman
1963Ladies Who DoShop Steward
1964Carry On CleoHessian Driver
1965The Big JobHenry Blobbitt
1965Carry On CowboyBurt, Stagecoach Guard
1967Far From the Madding CrowdMatthew Moon
1971See No EvilBarker

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