Preston Lockwood

Reginald Herbert Lockwood (30 October 1912 – 24 April 1996), known professionally as Preston Lockwood, was an English radio and television actor.[3]

Preston Lockwood
Reginald Herbert Lockwood

(1912-10-30)30 October 1912
West Ham, Essex, England
Died24 April 1996(1996-04-24) (aged 83)
Middlesex, England
Years active1958–1996
Spouse(s)Gerda Benko (1945–1996) (his death)[1]

The only son of bus driver Herbert Lewis Lockwood and his wife Ethel May (née Preston), Lockwood was born in Essex; he had two elder sisters, Sylvia (born 1908) and Phyllis (born 1909). He used his mother's maiden name as his stage name.[4][5]

His television credits include the role of Butterfield the butler in several episodes of Jeeves and Wooster. He also appeared in the first episode of The Vicar of Dibley as Reverend Pottle, whose death midway through the prayers served as the catalyst for Geraldine Granger's (Dawn French) arrival.

Other appearances include Poldark, Shoestring, Doctor Who, Keeping Up Appearances, Tenko, Miss Marple, All Creatures Great and Small and Inspector Morse.

His performances on BBC Radio include Dennis the Dachshund in Children's Hour's Toytown.

One of his final roles was as Coriakin the magician in the 1989 BBC TV adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one of Chronicles of Narnia.


Year Title Role Notes
1970Julius CaesarTrebonius
1972Lady Caroline Lamb1st PartnerUncredited
1973The Best Pair of Legs in the Business3rd Chemist
1974The Black WindmillIlkeston
1974RansomBrigadier Hislop
1977Crossed SwordsFather Andrew
1978AbsolutionFather Hibbert
1981Time BanditsNeguy
1983Doctor WhoDojjenEpisode: "Snakedance: Parts: One, Three and Four"
1983The Pirates of PenzanceOrchestra conductor
1984Electric DreamsMan at Concert
1988Consuming PassionsJosiah
1988High SpiritsGreat Uncle Peter
1988The Girl in a SwingMan at Sothebys
1988Pulse Pounders(Dungeonmaster 2 sequence)
1989The Lady and the HighwaymanVicarTV movie
1990The FoolMr Benjamin
1994The Vicar of DibleyVicar PottleEpisode: "The Arrival"
1994Keeping Up AppearancesMr MawsbyEpisode: "Angel Gabriel Blue"


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