Derek Deadman

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.

Derek Deadman
Derek G. Deadman

11 March 1940
Fulham, London, England
Died22 November 2014(2014-11-22) (aged 74)
Frespech, France
Years active1972–2010


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
1972The Canterbury TalesThe Pardoner
1972The Darwin AdventureMan #2
1976Queen KongCockneyUncredited
1977JabberwockyApprentice Armourer
1977The GlitterballIce cream manUncredited
1978The Big SleepCustomer in Bookshop
1979A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley SquareNobby Flowers
1980The AppleBulldog
1981Time BanditsRobert
1983Funny MoneyTaxi Driver
1983Never Say Never AgainPorter at Shrublands
1983BullshotReg Erskine
1985Morons from Outer SpaceMan in Car
1985BrazilBill—Dept. of Works
1985National Lampoon's European VacationTaxi Driver
1991Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesKneelock
2000HonestNight Watchman
2001CrushLittle Crematorium Man
2001Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneTom, Bartender in Leaky Cauldron
2010A Goldfish of the FlameCIA 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.

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