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Derek Francis

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Derek Francis (1923-1984)
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Derek Francis

Born: Wednesday 7th November 1923
Died: Tuesday 27th March 1984 (age: 60)

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Derek Francis was an English comedy and character actor.

He was a regular in the Carry On film players, appearing in six of the films in the 1960s and 1970s. He appeared in Roger Corman's last film of his Edgar Allan Poe series The Tomb of Ligeia (1964). He also took roles in several BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. His last role was in the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol.

Other roles included parts in the most established television series of the period: Rising DampThe ProfessionalsThe SweeneyThe New AvengersDanger ManJason KingUp Pompeii!Wild, Wild WomenCoronation Street, and Z-Cars. He also appeared as the Emperor Nero, a comic turn in the early Doctor Who story entitled The Romans oppositeWilliam Hartnell.

Among his stage roles was the title character in Cymbeline for the Old Vic in 1957.

He died of a heart attack in Wimbledon, London.