Peter Sallis

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Peter Sallis
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Sallis in October 2008
Born
Peter John Sallis

(1921-02-01)1 February 1921
Twickenham, England
Died2 June 2017(2017-06-02) (aged 96)
Resting placeSt John the Evangelist Churchyard, Upperthong, West Yorkshire, England
OccupationActor
Years active1946–2015
Notable work Wallace and Gromit ,
Last of the Summer Wine
Spouse
(m. 1957;div. 1965)
Children Crispian Sallis

Peter John Sallis OBE (1 February 1921 – 2 June 2017) was an English actor, known for his work on British television. He was the voice of Wallace in the Academy Award-winning Wallace and Gromit films and played Norman "Cleggy" Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine from its 1973 inception until the final episode in 2010, making him the only actor to appear in all 295 episodes. Additionally, he portrayed Norman Clegg's father in the prequel series First of the Summer Wine .

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Among his television credits, Sallis appeared in Danger Man , The Avengers , Doctor Who ("The Ice Warriors"), The Persuaders! and The Ghosts of Motley Hall . Sallis's film appearances include the Hammer horror films The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) and Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970).

Early life

Peter John Sallis [1] was born on 1 February 1921 in Twickenham, Middlesex (now in Greater London), the only child of bank manager Harry Sallis (1889–1964) and Dorothy Amea Frances (née Barnard; 1891–1975). [2] [3] After attending Minchenden Grammar School in Southgate, also in Middlesex (also now Greater London), Sallis went to work in a bank, working on shipping transactions. After the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the RAF. He was unable to serve as aircrew because of a serum albumin disorder and was told he might black out at high altitudes. [4] [ better source needed ] He became a wireless mechanic instead and went on to teach radio procedures at RAF Cranwell. [5]

Early career

Theatre work

Sallis began his career as an amateur actor during his four years with the RAF when one of his students offered him the lead in an amateur production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever . [6] After his success in the role, he resolved to become an actor after the war, winning a Korda scholarship and training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He made his first professional appearance on the London stage in September 1946 in a walk-on part in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Scheming Lieutenant (1775). [5]

Sallis then spent three years in repertory theatre before appearing in his first speaking role on the London stage in 1949. [5] Other roles followed in the 1950s and 1960s including Orson Welles' 1955 production of Moby Dick—Rehearsed . [6] In his autobiography, Fading into the Limelight, Sallis recounts a later meeting with Welles where he received a mysterious telephone call summoning him to the deserted Gare d'Orsay in Paris where Welles announced he wanted him to dub Hungarian bit-players in his cinema adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Trial (1962). Sallis wrote that "the episode was Kafka-esque, to coin a phrase". Later, he was in the first West End production of Cabaret in 1968 opposite Judi Dench. [7]

Sallis appeared in the Hal Prince-produced musical She Loves Me in 1963. [8] Though not a success it led to him making his Broadway debut the following year. Prince was producer of a musical based on the work of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes called Baker Street . Sallis was asked by Prince to take the role of Dr. Watson to Fritz Weaver's Sherlock Holmes. The show ran for six months on Broadway. [8] Just before Baker Street ended he was offered the role of Wally in John Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence , which had been played by Arthur Lowe in London with Nicol Williamson reprising the lead role. The production was troubled with Williamson hitting producer David Merrick with a bottle and walking out before being persuaded to continue. The show was a minor success and ran for six months in New York, opening at the Belasco Theater before transferring to the Shubert Theater. [8] Sallis reprised his role in the 1968 film adaptation. [9]

Television and films

Sallis appeared in more than a Hundred Films and in more than a Hundred and Forty TV Shows with his first extended television role was as Samuel Pepys in the BBC serial of the same name in 1958. [5] He appeared in Danger Man in the episode "Find and Destroy" (1961) as Gordon. [10] He appeared in the BBC Doctor Who story "The Ice Warriors" (1967), playing renegade scientist Elric Penley; [11] and in 1983 was due to play the role of Striker in another Doctor Who serial, "Enlightenment", but had to withdraw. [12]

He appeared as schoolteacher Mr Gladstone in an episode of the first series of Catweazle in 1970. He was cast in the BBC comedy series The Culture Vultures (1970), which saw him play stuffy Professor George Hobbs to Leslie Phillips's laid-back rogue Dr Michael Cunningham. [13] During the production, Phillips was rushed to hospital with an internal haemorrhage and as a result, only five episodes were completed. [14]

Sallis acted alongside Roger Moore and Tony Curtis in an episode of The Persuaders! ("The Long Goodbye", 1971). [15] He appeared in many British films of the 1960s and 1970s including Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), [16] Doctor in Love (1960), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), [16] The V.I.P.s (1963), [16] Charlie Bubbles (1967), [16] Scream and Scream Again (1969), Taste the Blood of Dracula , Wuthering Heights (1970), [16] The Incredible Sarah (1976) [16] and Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978). [17] Additionally in 1968, he was cast as the well-intentioned Coker in a BBC Radio production of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids . [18]

He played a priest in the TV film Frankenstein: The True Story (1973), and the following year he played Mr Bonteen in the BBC period drama The Pallisers . [9]

Later career

Sallis was cast in a pilot for Comedy Playhouse which became the first episode of Last of the Summer Wine (retrospectively titled "Of Funerals and Fish", 1973), as the unobtrusive lover of a quiet life, Norman Clegg. [6] The pilot was successful and the BBC commissioned a series. Sallis had already worked on stage with Michael Bates, who played the self-appointed leader Blamire in the first two series. Sallis played the role of Clegg from 1973 to 2010, and was the only cast member to appear in every episode. He also appeared, in 1988, as Clegg's father in First of the Summer Wine , [9] a prequel to Last of the Summer Wine set in 1939.

He appeared in the children's series The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1976–78), in which he played Arnold Gudgin, an estate agent who did not want to see the hall fall into the wrong hands, [9] and he played Rodney Gloss in the BBC series Murder Most English (1977). [19] Sallis also appeared in the TV show Yanks Go Home where he played Randell Todd for 4 episodes in 1977. [9] In the same period, he starred alongside Northern comic actor David Roper in the ITV sitcom Leave it to Charlie as Charlie's pessimistic boss. [20] The programme ran for four series, ending in 1980. Sallis also played the part of the ghost-hunter Milton Guest in the children's paranormal drama series The Clifton House Mystery (1978). [21]

Voice acting

Sallis was the narrator on Rocky Hollow (1983), a show produced by Bumper Films, who later produced Fireman Sam , and alternated with Ian Carmichael as the voice of Rat in the British television series The Wind in the Willows (1984–89), based on the book by Kenneth Grahame and produced by Cosgrove Hall Films. Alongside him were Michael Hordern as Badger, David Jason as Toad and Richard Pearson as Mole. The series was animated in stop motion, prefiguring his work with Aardman Animations. Also in 1983 he played the lead character Jim Bloggs, alongside Brenda Bruce as Hilda, in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Raymond Briggs' When the Wind Blows . [22] [23] Sallis appeared in the last episode of Rumpole of the Bailey (1992) [24] and he later starred alongside Brenda Blethyn, Kevin Whately and Anna Massey in the one-off ITV1 drama Belonging (2004). [25]

Sallis also voiced Hugo in the animated series Victor and Hugo: Bunglers in Crime (filling in for The Wind in the Willows co-star David Jason who was the usual voice of Hugo, although Jason's voice of Hugo can still be heard in the opening and closing theme songs) for audio cassettes as well.[ citation needed ] He narrated "Postman Pat's Parcel of Stories" in the children's television series Postman Pat for audio cassettes. [26]

While a student in 1983, animator Nick Park wrote to Sallis asking him if he would voice his character Wallace, an eccentric inventor. Sallis agreed to do so for a donation of £50 to his favourite charity. [27] The work was eventually released in 1989 and Aardman Animations' Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out went on to win a BAFTA award. [27] Sallis reprised his role in the Oscar- and BAFTA Award-winning films The Wrong Trousers in 1993 and A Close Shave in 1995. [6]

Though the characters were temporarily retired in 1996, Sallis returned to voice Wallace in several short films and in the Oscar-winning 2005 motion picture Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit , for which he won an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. [6] In 2008, Sallis voiced a new Wallace and Gromit adventure, A Matter of Loaf and Death . [6] After the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Sallis's eyesight began to fail as a result of macular degeneration and he used a talking portable typewriter with a specially illuminated scanner to continue working. [6] His last role as Wallace was in 2010's Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention . [6] Two years later Sallis then retired due to ill health, with Ben Whitehead taking over the role. [6] Sallis did however come back to voice Wallace one last time in the 2015 TV Movie A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman where he voiced Wallace in the Wallace & Gromit Stop motion segments. [28]

Autobiography

In 2006, Sallis published an autobiography entitled Fading into the Limelight. [29] As well as his 36 years in Last of the Summer Wine , Sallis also recounts the early era of his relationship with Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park when it took six years for A Grand Day Out to be completed. He says that his work as Wallace has "raised his standing a few notches in the public eye". [30]

Personal life

Sallis married actress Elaine Usher at St. John's Wood Church in London on 9 February 1957. [31] [2] [32] However, it was a turbulent relationship, with Usher leaving him sixteen times before they divorced in 1965 on grounds of desertion and adultery. [5] They were eventually reconciled and continued to live together until 1999. Sallis remained close to Usher until her death in 2014. [6] [33] They had one son, Crispian Sallis (born 1959), who went on to become an Oscar-nominated film set designer. [6] Sallis also had two grandchildren. [6]

Sallis suffered from macular degeneration, [6] and in 2005 recorded an appeal on BBC Radio 4 on behalf of the Macular Society of which he was a patron. [34] He also recorded on behalf of the society a television appeal, which was broadcast on BBC One on 8 March 2009. Following his diagnosis of the disease, Aardman produced a short animated film for the society. [35]

Sallis was awarded the OBE in the 2007 Birthday Honours for services to Drama. [6] On 17 May 2009, he appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs , selecting Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major as his favourite. [36]

Death

Sallis died from natural causes at the Denville Hall nursing home in Northwood, London, on 2 June 2017, at the age of 96. [37] [38] He was buried next to fellow Last of the Summer Wine actor Bill Owen in the churchyard of St John's Parish Church, Upperthong, near the town of Holmfirth in Yorkshire, the home of the sitcom. [39]

Tributes

Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park led tributes to Sallis, describing him as a "unique character".

"I'm so sad, but feel so grateful and privileged to have known and worked with Peter over so many years. He was always my first and only choice for Wallace," Park said in a statement. "Working with him was always a delight and I will miss his wry, unpredictable humour and silliness - that started the moment he greeted you at the door, and didn't stop when the mic was switched off." Park added: "Peter had naturally funny bones and was a great storyteller and raconteur off stage too and would keep us amused for hours."

Shane Allen, BBC controller of comedy commissioning said Sallis would be "fondly remembered for having the most distinctive and well-loved voice in animation".

Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead, director general of the BBC, said: "Peter Sallis featured in many of the BBC's most popular programmes. [40]

Stage credits

Theatre

YearTitleRoleDirectorTheatre
1946 The Scheming Lieutenant [5] UnknownUnknownUnknown
1949 Grand National Night [41] Lionel DunnCivic Theatre, Chesterfield
Suspect [42] Civic Theatre, Chesterfield
1953 Venice Preserv'd [5] Retrosi Thomas Otway Lyric Theatre (Hammersmith)
1954 The Dark Is Light Enough [43] 1st SoldierUnknown West End theatre
1955Moby Dick-Rehearsed [6] A Stage Manager/FlaskOrson Welles Duke of York's Theatre
1960 Rhinoceros [5] BottardEugeue Ionesco Royal Court Theatre, West End theatre, Novello Theatre
1963 She Loves Me [8] Mr Maraczek Harold Prince West End theatre
1965 Baker Street [8] Dr. Watson Fritz Weaver Broadway theatre
1966 Wait Until Dark [44] Roat Arthur Penn West End theatre
1968 Cabaret [45] Herr Schultz Harold Prince Palace Theatre, London

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1947 A Midsummer Night's Dream [9] Quince
1948Scenes from Twelfth Night and Macbeth [9] Sir Toby Belch
Scenes from Twelfth Night and Macbeth/II [9]
1951 Mr. Denning Drives North [46] Minor RoleUncredited
1953King in Motley [9] Will
The New Shilling [9] Mr. Bligh
1954 Stranger from Venus SoldierUncredited
Child's Play Bill (grocery merchant)Filmed in 1952
Nine Eighty-Four [9] Unknown
1955Moby Dick Rehearsed [9] Actor
Cheltenham Festival of Contemporary Literature [9] Oscar Wilde
1956 Kitty Clive [9] John Hall
Anastasia GrischaUncredited
1958 A Night to Remember [47] Minor Role
The Doctor's Dilemma Secretary at Picture Gallery
Cinderella [9] Baron Aristide de Pennilac
1959 The Scapegoat [9] Customs Official
1960David and Broccoli [9] Mr. Slingsby
Doctor in Love [9] Love-Struck PatientUncredited
The Millionairess [5] Minor Role
The Poet [9] Giulio
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning [9] Man in SuitUncredited
The Adventures of Alice [9] Tweedledee
1961 No Love for Johnnie [9] M.P.
Dear Charles [48] Edward
The Curse of the Werewolf [9] Don Enrique
The Renegade [49] Henry Stolt
Candida [9] Rev. Alexander Mill
1962 I Thank a Fool Sleazy Doctor
The Trial [9] Dubbing (voice)
Heart to Heart (TV play) [9] Frank Godsell
1963 The Mouse on the Moon Russian Delegate
The V.I.P.s [9] Doctor
Clash by Night Victor Lush
1964Don't Ever Talk to Clocks [50] Unknown
The Third Secret [9] Lawrence Jacks
1965 Rapture [9] Armand
1966 The Bible: In the Beginning... [9] Minor RoleUncredited
1968 Charlie Bubbles [9] Solicitor
Inadmissible Evidence [9] Hudson
1970 The Reckoning [9] Keresley
Scream and Scream Again [9] Schweitz
Taste the Blood of Dracula [9] Samuel Paxton
My Lover, My Son [9] Sir Sidney Brent
Marie Stopes: Sexual Revolutionary [51] Ernest Charles, KC
Wuthering Heights [9] Mr. Shielders
1971 The Night Digger [9] Reverend Rupert Palafox
The Bristol Entertainment [52] Unknown
1972 The Reprieve [9] Cossack Horseman
1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days [9] Banker #2
Frankenstein: The True Story Priest
1974 Who Killed Lamb? [9] Lloyd
Graceless Go I [9] Guest Star
1975 The Secret Agent [9] Chief Inspector Heat
The Snowdropper [53] Spicer
1976 The Incredible Sarah [9] Thierry
1977 Full Circle [9] Jeffrey Branscombe
1978Across a Crowded Room [9] Cyril Smallpiece
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? [9] St. Claire
1979 She Loves Me [9] Ladislav Sipos
1982 Witness for the Prosecution [9] Carter
The Funny Side of Christmas [9] Clegg
1986The Secret Diary's of the Film Censors [9] Unknown
A Dangerous Kind of Love [9] Mr. Walker
1989 A Tale of Two Toads [9] Ratty (voice)
A Grand Day Out [9] Wallace (voice)
1990Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures [54]
1993 The Wrong Trousers [9]
1995 A Close Shave [9]
1996Wallace & Gromit: The Best of Aardman Animation [55]
1998Everyday Readers [9] Narrator (voice)
1999 Pokémon the Movie 2000 [9] (voice)English dub (Uncredited)
Shaggy Dog Story (TV) [9] Norman Clegg
2001Hotel! [56] Radio Voice of little Ashford Flying ClubUncredited
The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit [57] Wallace (voice)
2003Renault Commercial [Wallace & Gromit] [58]
2004Jacobs Crackers Commercial [Wallace & Gromit] [59]
Belonging [9] Nathan
2005PG Tips Commercial [Wallace & Gromit] [60] Wallace (voice)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit [9] Wallace, Hutch (voice)Won - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Colour Me Kubrick [61] The Second PatientCameo appearance
2008 A Matter of Loaf and Death [9] Wallace (voice)Character finished by Ben Whitehead
2009Npower Hometeam Commercial [Wallace & Gromit] [9]
Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection [62]
M&S Commercial [Wallace & Gromit] [63]
2012The Lark Ascending [64] Self
2013Dr. Who: The Ice Warriors [65] archive sound
2015A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman [66] Self, voice of Wallace

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1946For The Children [9] Sir Toby Belch 1 episode
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame [9] Carter
1952The March of the peasants [9] Blakeley
1953The Heir of Skipton [67] Thomas4 episodes
1955Fcb TV Show No.1 [9] Guest1 episode
1955-1961 ITV Television Playhouse [9] Daniel Kevin, Corporal Foster, Professor Coogan, Pasquale Sanzio, Peter5 episodes
1956Strange Experiences [9] Unknown3 episodes
1957-1963 Play of the Week [9] Homer Bolton, Hannibal, 'Dusty' Miller
1957-1959 Sunday Night Theatre [9] J. G., Snug, Wallace Porter
1958The Black Arrow [9] Sir Oliver Oates
The Diary of Samuel Pepys [5] Samuel Pepys 14 episodes
The Invisible Man [68] Nesib1 episode
The Lost King [9] Abbe Fleuriel
1959 The Widow of Bath [9] Cady6 episodes
World Theatre [9] Barere, Simon, Prisoner, Doctor, Provost2 episodes
1960-1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play [9] Robinet, Capt. Hardy, Hesketh-Payne, Harry Shell, Danny Fellows, Housing clerk, Gerald Swinney7 episodes
1960Musical Playhouse [69] Max1 episode
International Detective [70] Eugene Payas
1960-1973 Armchair Theatre [9] Sam Carter, Alfred Purdie, Mr. Pender, Onslow5 episodes
1961 Jango [9] Oscar Grant1 episode
Danger Man John GordonEpisode: "Find and Destroy"
Amelia [9] William Hogarth7 episodes
A Chance of Thunder Howard3 episodes
1962 Maigret [9] Armand Lachaume1 episode
Crying Down the Lane [9] Champion6 episodes
1963The Chem. Lab. Mystery [9] Mad Willy
It Happened Like This [9] Bill Canford1 episode
1963-1964 Drama 61-67 [71] Philip Mallard, Ronald Green2 episodes
Z-Cars [9] Seaton, Williams
1963 Zero One [9] Major Konel1 episode
1963-1964 Festival [72] Captain of the Fire Brigade, Romainville2 episodes
1964 The Avengers Hal AndersonEpisode: "The Wringer"
Story Box [73] Bilbo Baggins 1 episode
Detective [9] Man
Sergeant Cork [9] Rev. Hubert Wales, Feng2 episodes
The Sullavan Brothers [74] Kenneth K. Hirst1 episode
1965-1971 Public Eye Colin Renolds, Eddie Meadows2 episodes
1966 Knock on Any Door [9] Unknown1 episode
Blackmail [9] Miles Beckett
1967 Doctor Who : The Ice Warriors [9] Penley6 episodes
1968-1969 The Wednesday Play [9] Eric, Unknown2 episode
1969 Play of the Month [9] Unknown1 episode
Plays of Today [9] Mr. Street
1970 Catweazle Stuffy Gladstone
Mystery and Imagination [9] Brogden, Mundel, Hopkins
Parkin's Patch [9] Chief Supt. Mitchum
The Culture Vultures Professor George Hobbes3 episodes
The Troubleshooters [75] Henry Wynn1 episode
Menace [9] Sonny Waters
1971-1976 Hadleigh [9] Dakin, Strapper Strapton2 episodes
Softly, Softly: Task Force [9] Lodge, Professor Dowell, Edward Letheridge3 episodes
1971 Thirty-Minute Theatre [9] Lumley1 episode
The Ten Commandments [9] Gerry
Budgie [76] Peter Olliphant
Bel Ami [77] Norbert de Varenne4 episodes
Paul Temple [78] George Robertson1 episode
Trial [79] Almond
Justice [80] Coroner
The Persuaders! [9] David Piper
1972 Spyder's Web [9] Grovnik
The Moonstone [9] Mr. Bruff3 episodes
Callan Routledge1 episode
Kate [81] Sammy Harrison2 episodes
1973–2010 Last of the Summer Wine [9] Norman Clegg 295 episodes
1973 Comedy Playhouse [9] Clegg1 episode
1973-1981 Play for Today [9] Austin Melcroft, Minor Role, Minor Role, Shushin4 episodes
1973 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes [9] Dr. Jervis1 episode
1974 Barlow at Large [9] Joseph Miller
The Pallisers [9] Mr Bonteen5 episodes
Armchair Cinema [9] Benitet1 episode
The Capone Investment Wheatfield6 episodes
1974-1977 Crown Court [9] Gerald Prosser, Insp. George Storton
1974-1979 Playhouse [9] Leslie2 episodes
1975Prometheus: The Life of Balzac [9] Victor Hugo1 episode
1976–1978 The Ghosts of Motley Hall [9] Mr Gudgin15 episodes
1976 BBC2 Playhouse [9] Major Venables1 episode
Jackanory Playhouse [9] Deor
1977 Raffles [9] Kingsmill
Murder Most English: A Falxborough Chronicle [9] Rodney Gloss2 episodes
Yanks Go Home [9] Randall Todd4 episodes
Premiere [9] Ernest1 episode
1978 The Clifton House Mystery [9] Milton Guest3 episodes
1978–1980Leave It To Charlie [9] Arthur Simister26 episodes
1979 Room Service [9] Mr. Fellows1 episode
1980Ladykillers (TV series) [9] O'Brien
Tales of the Unexpected [9] Solicitor
1982The Kids International Show [82] Clegg
1983 Rocky Hollow [9] Narrator (voice)26 episodes
60 Minutes [83] Mr. Bennet1 episode
1984 Strangers and Brothers Leonard March3 episodes
1984–1990 The Wind in the Willows [9] Ratty (voice)66 episodes
1986That's Television Entertainment [9] Clegg1 episode
1987 The New Statesman Sidney Bliss2 episodes
The Bretts [9] Dr. Woodward1 episode
Last of the Summer Wine : Big Day at Dream Acres [9] Clegg
1988–1989 First of the Summer Wine [9] Mr David Clegg13 episodes
1989–2010 Wallace and Gromit Wallace (voice)5 episodes
1990Come Home Charlie and Face Them [9] Evans Rhys-Jones3 episodes
1991-1992 Victor & Hugo: Bunglers in Crime [9] Hugo (voice)30 episodes
1991 Junglies [9] Dentist Aligator (voice)1 episode
1992 Rumpole of the Bailey [9] Henry Tong
1993Aardman: A Cracking Collection [9] Wallace (voice)
1996Wildlife Showcase [9] Narrator (voice)
1997First Light [9] Guest
Animal People [9]
Exclusive [9]
Mad TV [84] Wallace (voice)
2000Turning Point [9] Guest
2001 Holby City [85] Lionel Davis
Then and Now [9] Guest
2002 Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions [86] Wallace (voice)10 episodes
2003 Balamory [9] Man at Train Station1 episode
Sooty [9] (voice)
2004 Doctors [87] Arthur Weartherill
2007 Eureka [9] Guest
2009 Kingdom [9] Cyril
2010 Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention [6] Wallace (voice)6 episodes
2012 BBC Proms [88] 1 episode
2017Animat's Classic Reviews [89]

Radio

YearTitleRoleNotes
1967 The War of the Worlds [90] Narrator
1968 The Day of the Triffids [91] Coker
1971Haunted: Tales of the Supernatural [92] Narrator
1977 The Importance of being Earnest [93] Unknown
1983 When the Wind Blows [94] [95] Jim Bloggs
1992 Postman Pat [96] Narrator
1993 The Adventure of the Norwood Builder [97] Jones Oldacre
1996 Wallace & Gromit [98] Narrator
2000 Hercule Poirot's Christmas [99] Hercule Poirot
2009 Desert Island Discs [100] Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major

Video Games

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Wallace & Gromit Fun Pack [101] Wallace (voice)
1997Wallace & Gromit Cracking Animator [102]
1998Wallace & Gromit Print O Matic [103]
1999Wallace & Gromit: Go Karting [104]
Mugen [105] (voice)
2000Wallace & Gromit Fun Pack 2 [106] Wallace (voice)
2003 Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo
2005Wallace & Gromit PG Tips Flash Game [107]
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (video game)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (DVD game) [108] Uncredited
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Paint & Create [109]
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Print Studio [110]
2008Raccoon Racing [111] (voice)
2009Wallace & Gromit: Top Bun [112] Wallace (voice)
Wallace & Gromit Adventures Java [113]
2010Wallace & Gromit: Wallace's Workshop [114]
Los Banditos [115] Cowboy (voice)

Covers

YearTitleRoleNotes
1965A Married Man [116] Singer
1968It Couldn’t Please Me More (Pineapple) [117]
Married [118]
Meeskite [119]

Music Videos

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999 National Television Awards [120] Self

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResultRef.
1999Unsung Heroes AwardActingFilm and TelevisionWon [121]
2005Annie AwardBest Voice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionWallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-RabbitWon [122]
2007OBEOrder of the British EmpireServices to DramaWon [123]

Producer

YearTitleDirectorNotes
1998 The Powerpuff Girls [124] Craig McCracken 1 episode

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A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit, later marketed as A Grand Day Out, is a 1989 British stop-motion animated short film starring Wallace and Gromit. It was directed, animated and co-written by Nick Park at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield and Aardman Animations in Bristol.

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