Campbell Singer

Campbell Singer (16 March 1909 – 16 February 1976) was a British character actor who featured in a number of stage, film and television roles during his long career.[1][2][3] He was also a playwright.[4]

Campbell Singer
Jacob Kobel Singer

16 March 1909
London, England, UK
Died16 February 1976 (aged 66)
London, England, UK
OccupationActor & writer
Spouse(s)Gillian Maude (1954 - 16 February 1976) (his death)

Singer was a regular in British post-war comedy films, often playing policemen.[5] He first appeared on television in 1946, making regular appearances in the following three decades including several episodes of 'Hancock's Half Hour', and played the lead, John Unthank, in the BBC drama series 'Private Investigator' in 1958/59.[6][7]

From the early 1960s he appeared more consistently on television. He played several roles in the 1966 Doctor Who story The Celestial Toymaker, and made two appearances in different roles in the popular television series Dad's Army, including as corrupt politician Sir Charles McAllister.[8][9] He also featured as Mr Finney in a Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em Christmas Special, and played a lodger in an episode of On the Buses.[10][11]

As a writer, Singer co-authored several plays with George Ross, including Guilty Party, Difference of Opinion and Any Other Business, some of which were also televised.[12][13][14][15]


Year Title Role Notes
1947Take My LifePolice Station SergeantUncredited
1947Jim the PenmanSutro
1947The Woman in the HallVon Soll's servant
1948Dick Barton - Special AgentSir George Cavendish
1948Operation DiamondBert
1949The Spider and the FlyBelfort's EscortUncredited
1949Rover and MeMr. Jackson
1950The Blue LampStation SergeantUncredited
1950Hangman's WharfInspector Prebble
1950Someone at the DoorInspector Spedding
1950Cage of GoldA Policeman
1950Dick Barton at BaySir George Cavendish
1951The Quiet Woman
1951Pool of LondonStation Sgt.Uncredited
1951A Case for PC 49Sgt. Wright
1951The Case of the Missing SceneFilm Producer
1952The Happy FamilyPoliceman
1952Home at SevenInspector Hemingway
1952Emergency CallSgt. Phillips
1952Lady in the FogInspector Rigby
1952The RingerStation Sergeant Carter
1953Time BombInspector Branson
1953The Yellow BalloonPotter
1953Appointment in LondonFlight Sergeant
1953The Titfield ThunderboltPolice Sergeant
1953Street CornerDesk Sgt. BatesUncredited
1953The IntruderWar Office Clerk
1953The Girl on the PierJoe Hammond
1954Conflict of WingsFlt. Sgt. Campbell
1954Forbidden CargoSergeant Dodson, River PoliceUncredited
1954To Dorothy a SonPub Landlord
1956Ramsbottom Rides AgainUncredited
1958DavyStage Doorkeeper
1958The Square PegSergeant Loder
1958The Young and the GuiltyJoe Marshall
1959No Trees in the StreetInspector
1960The Trials of Oscar WildeInspector
1960The Hands of OrlacInspector Henderson
1960Danger ManGeneral Abeijon / Colonel SegurTV Series, 2 episodes
1961Girl on the RoofSir ArchibaldUncredited
1962The Pot CarriersPrison Officer Mott
1962The Wild and the WillingHerbert GilbyUncredited
1962On the BeatBollington
1962Flat TwoHurley Brown
1963The Fast LadyKingscombe
1964Go Kart GoPoliceman


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  9. Pertwee, Bill (3 November 2009). Dad's Army: The Making of a TV Legend. Bloomsbury USA. ISBN 9781844861057 via Google Books.
  10. Perry, Chris (3 February 2016). The Kaleidoscope British Christmas Television Guide 1937-2013. ISBN 9781900203609 via Google Books.
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