Humphrey Lestocq

Humphrey Lestocq (23 January 1919 – 29 January 1984)[1] was a British actor, best known for his roles in Angels One Five (1952) and The Long Shadow (1961), and guest appearances in the television series The Avengers.[2]

Humphrey Lestocq
Humphrey Lestocq Gilbert

23 January 1919
Died29 January 1984(1984-01-29) (aged 65)
London, England

Lestocq shot to fame as Flying Officer Kyte in the BBC radio wartime comedy Merry-Go-Round (1944–1948), which later evolved into Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh.[3]

Lestocq was one of the presenters on the TV series Whirligig, the first children's programme to be broadcast live from the BBC's Lime Grove Studios. It ran from 1950 to 1956. He was the stooge of the puppet Mr. Turnip, voiced by Peter Hawkins. Lestocq's catchphrase was "Goody, Goody Gumdrops" and Mr. Turnip's was "Lawky, Lawky, Lum".[4][5]

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He was born Humphrey Lestocq Gilbert on 23 January 1919 in Chiswick, London, England. His parents were George Marx Gilbert and May Frances née Wooldridge, married 1911 in Brentford (Chiswick). They had three sons, George (1912), Maurice (1913), and Humphrey. He married Dallas E Edwards in 1943. They had two children – Michael (1945), and Patricia (1947).[2] That marriage finished and Gilbert lived in common-law marriage with Mary Barnard Bilton until his death. After retiring from acting, he ran a fishing fleet from Rye Harbour, East Sussex. He was an avid collector of English silver coins. He died on 29 January 1984 in London.[2]

Gilbert's mother came from a large family around Brentford, London. Her father was William Lestocq.


  1. "Humphrey Lestocq". BFI. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  2. Humphrey Lestocq on IMDb
  3. "Clickautographs autographs - Humphrey Lestocq".
  4. "Whirligig". Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  5. "Peter Hawkins". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
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