Ivor Roberts (actor)

Ivor Roberts (19 July 1925 5 September 1999) was an English actor and a television continuity announcer who often appeared in comedic roles.[1][2]

Born in Nottingham, he returned to acting following service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Roberts started his television career as a continuity announcer on regional television in Wales, working for TWW before that company lost its franchise in 1968.[2]

Among his better-known roles were the characters of Arnold Thomas in the 1995-97 television series Oh, Doctor Beeching! and Mr Barnes in the second, third and fourth series of You Rang, M'Lord?.[3][4] He also made a guest appearance, as a police officer, in one episode of George and Mildred.[5] Another notable appearance was as Mr. Chick in Dombey and Son.[6] He also played parts in Porridge and Yes, Minister.[7][8]

He died in Cardiff, Wales, in 1999 at the age of 74.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1976Rogue MaleMr. DrakeTV movie
1977The Duchess of Duke StreetSergeantEpisode: "The Reluctant Warrior"
1978The Sailor's ReturnFarmer Molton
1979Home Before MidnightInspector Gray
1980Sweet WilliamUncle Walter
1983Every Picture Tells a StoryReverend Jenkins
1984Another CountryChief Judge
1987Personal ServicesGlossop
1988We Think the World of YouHarry
1988Without a ClueReporter #3
1995-1997Oh, Doctor Beeching!Arnold Thomas20 episodes
1999The Window BedJoe(final film role)


  1. "Ivor Roberts". BFI.
  2. "Obituary: Ivor Roberts". The Independent. September 15, 1999.
  3. "Oh Doctor Beeching! (1995)". BFI.
  4. "You Rang M'Lord?". November 11, 1990. p. 68 via BBC Genome.
  5. "George and Mildred | TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
  6. "BFI Screenonline: Dombey and Son (1983) Credits". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  7. "Porridge: No Peace for the Wicked". November 14, 1975. p. 59 via BBC Genome.
  8. "BBC Two - Yes, Minister, Series 2, The Death List". BBC.
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