Terry Scott

Owen John "Terry" Scott (4 May 1927 – 26 July 1994) was an English actor and comedian who appeared in seven Carry On films.[1] He also appeared in BBC1's domestic sitcom Terry and June with June Whitfield.

Terry Scott
Terry Scott
Owen John Scott

4 May 1927
Died26 July 1994(1994-07-26) (aged 67)
Witley, Surrey, England
OccupationActor, comedian
Spouse(s)Mary Howard (1949–1957) (divorced)
Margaret Peden (1957–1994) (his death)

Early life

Scott was born and brought up in Watford, Hertfordshire[2] and educated at Watford Field Junior School and Watford Grammar School for Boys. He was the youngest of three children, and the only surviving son after his brother Aubrey died when Scott was six.[2] After National Service in the Navy at the end of World War II, he briefly studied accounting.


Scott began his acting career with appearances on radio shows such Workers Playtime, which were followed by appearances on television. He gained an opportunity to perform in farce when he joined the Whitehall Theatre Company. With Bill Maynard he appeared at Butlin's Holiday Camp in Skegness, Lincolnshire and partnered him in the TV series Great Scott - It's Maynard!.[3] During the 1960s, he appeared alongside Hugh Lloyd in Hugh and I (1962–67).[4] They both appeared as Ugly Sisters in pantomime at The London Palladium and Scott reappeared in the same role with Julian Orchard in later years. Scott later appeared with Lloyd in Hugh and I Spy (1968) and in the 1969 sitcom The Gnomes of Dulwich (1969) as gnomes.

Scott's novelty record "My Brother" (written by Mitch Murray, released in 1962 on Parlophone) was based on a schoolboy character (he dressed in the uniform to sing it on TV). In the 1970s, he had a role in TV commercials for Curly Wurly caramel bars, in which he again appeared dressed as a schoolboy, with short trousers and cap. He repeated this performance several times on BBC TVs long-running variety show The Good Old Days. Scott had played a small role in the very first of the Carry On films series of films, Carry On Sergeant in 1958. In 1968 he returned to the series with a role in Carry On Up the Khyber (1968), playing main roles in six of the later films.

He starred alongside June Whitfield in several series of the comedy Happy Ever After and its successor, Terry and June.[5] They had first worked together making a series of the sketch show Scott On (1968).[2] They also featured in supporting roles together in the film version of Bless This House. Although both Scott and Whitfield both made several Carry On appearances, they never appeared in the same film. From 1981 to 1992, Scott was the voice of Penfold the hamster in the animated series Danger Mouse.

Personal life and death

He suffered from ill health for several years in the latter part of his life. In 1979, he had a life-saving operation after a brain haemorrhage.[6] He also suffered from creeping paralysis and had to wear a neck brace, even on television.

Scott was also diagnosed with cancer in 1987, he died from its effects at his family home in the village of Witley, in the county of Surrey, on 26 July 1994, at the age of 67.[7] He said of his last illness: "I know it would be better to give up the booze, fags and birds, but life would be so boring, wouldn't it?".[8]

When Terry and June ended in 1987, he suffered a nervous breakdown. The attack was in part brought on by his public confession that he had had a series of affairs since his marriage to dancer Margaret Peden in 1957. The couple had four daughters: Sarah, Nicola, Lindsay and Ally.[2]


Blue Murder at St Trinian's1957Police Sergeant
Carry On Sergeant1958Sergeant O'Brian
Too Many Crooks1959Fire Policeman James Smith
The Bridal Path1959Police Constable Donald
I'm All Right Jack1959Crawley
And the Same to You1960Police Constable
The Night We Got the Bird1961P. C. Lovejoy
Nearly a Nasty Accident1961Sam Stokes
Double Bunk19612nd River Policeman
Mary Had a Little...1961Police Sergeant
No My Darling Daughter1961Constable
Nothing Barred1961P. C. Budgie
What a Whopper1961Sergeant
A Pair of Briefs1962Policeman at Law Courts
Father Came Too!1964Executioner
Murder Most Foul1964Police Constable Wells
Gonks Go Beat1965PM
Doctor in Clover1966Robert
The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery1966Policeman
Carry On Up the Khyber1968Sergeant Major MacNutt
Carry On Camping1969Peter Potter
Carry On Up the Jungle1970Cecil The Jungle Boy
Carry On Loving1970Terence Philpott
Carry On Henry1971Cardinal Wolsey
Carry On at Your Convenience1971Mr Allcock(scenes deleted)
Carry On Matron1972Dr Prodd
Bless This House1972Ronald Baines


  • Don't Light The Fire 'Til After Santa's Gone/My Brother, Parlophone R 4967 (December 1962)


  1. Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-84854-195-5.
  2. The Unforgettable, ITV1, 22 September 2010
  3. "BFI Screenonline: Scott, Terry (1927-1994) Biography".
  4. Lloyd, Hugh (16 July 2008). "Much-loved comedy actor, he went on to more serious roles". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. "June Whitfield Interview". The Guardian. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  6. "Terry Scott, epitome of the English sit-com, dies aged 67". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  7. "Obituary: Terry Scott". Independent.co.uk. 27 July 1994. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  8. "Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Williams, and the cast of Carry On: what happened next?". The Telegraph. 6 May 2017 via www.telegraph.co.uk.

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