Jack Smethurst

Jack Smethurst (born 9 April 1932 in Collyhurst, Manchester, Lancashire, England) is an English television and film comic actor.[1] He is best known for his role as Eddie Booth in Love Thy Neighbour.[2]

Jack Smethurst
Born (1932-04-09) 9 April 1932
Years active1950s-present
ChildrenAdam Smethurst


Jack Smethurst made his film debut in 1958's Carry On Sergeant. This was followed by parts in the films Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), A Kind of Loving (1962),[3] Run with the Wind (1966), Night After Night After Night (1970), the big-screen version of Please Sir! (1971) and the ITV sitcom For the Love of Ada (1970–71) amongst others, before he landed the role for which he is best known – that of bigoted socialist and union leader, 'brother' Eddie Booth in Love Thy Neighbour. The programme ran for eight series between 1972 and 1976.[4] During this run he also appeared in the 1974 film version of the sitcom Man About the House.[5]

After Love Thy Neighbour ended, his film appearances have been few and far between, but include Chariots of Fire (1981), the John Goodman vehicle King Ralph (1991) (which re-united him with his Love Thy Neighbour co-star Rudolph Walker) and 1996's La Passione.[1]

He made several appearances as Davenport in Britain's longest-running television sitcom Last of the Summer Wine in 1997.[6]

He has played four different characters in Coronation Street: a brewery drayman in 1961, and in January 1967 Percy Bridge, who tried to con Elsie Tanner. Between 1980 and 1983, he occasionally appeared as Johnny Webb, one of the men on Eddie Yeats' bin round. In 2001, he returned for several months as Stan Wagstaff, a friend of Jimmy Kelly, who left his allotment to Jack Duckworth. Together with his brother Ernie, Stan let Jack in on Jimmy's big secret—he used his allotment shed to brew poteen.

He also starred in Vince Powell’s seven-part BBC Radio 2 slice-of-life sitcom A Proper Charlie in 1984, as factory worker Charlie Garside. Madge Hindle played his wife with Jane Hazlegrove and Jason Littler as their daughter and son. A second series of eight episodes followed at the end of 1985.

He worked on stage in Australia when he appeared in the play Run for Your Wife during 1987 and 1988, and the production toured the country. Other members of the cast were David McCallum, Eric Sykes and Katy Manning. Smethurst regularly works in the theatre, recently touring with a production of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

Jack played the "Man in Phone Box" in S5/Ep08 (1995) of the British 1990's television comedy Keeping up Appearances. In this episode, Hyacinth Bucket tries to get Jack's character to relinquish a public telephone booth, which leads her husband, Richard, to yell at her forcefully for the one and only time in the entire series.

Personal life

His son Adam is also an actor, who is married to the Welsh-born actress Rakie Ayola.


Year Title Role Notes
1958Carry On SergeantFirst Recruit
1960Watch Your SternSailor
1960Saturday Night and Sunday MorningWaiterUncredited
1961On the FiddleDai Tovey
1962A Kind of LovingConroy
1964The Main ChanceRoss
1966Doctor in CloverLong-Haired PatientUncredited
1966Run with the WindBernie
1969Night After Night After NightChief Inspector
1971Please Sir!Bus Driver
1971The Yes GirlsSam Hed - detective
1972For the Love of AdaLeslie Pollitt
1973Love Thy NeighbourEddie Booth
1974Man About the HouseJack Smethurst
1981Chariots of FireSleeping Car Attendant
1991King RalphMiranda's Father
1996La PassioneMickey O'Farrell
1998DinnerladiesBob Bellfield (Dolly's Husband)


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