Chubby Oates

Last updated 09 January 2020

Chubby Oates (1942-2006)
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Arthur Oates

Born: Wednesday 23rd December 1942
Died: Friday 10th November 2006 (age: 63)

After leaving school he went to work as a reporter on the South London Observer where he shared an office with a young Kelvin Mackenzie, future editor of The Sun, teaching the budding journalist to type.

He was a longstanding member of The Actor's Church Union, based at the actor's church, St Paul's in Convent Garden, London. He also served on the union's committee.

In 1968 he co-wrote, with Chris Shaw, A Pictorial History of Female Impersonation. In pantomime, Oates was a well known pantomime dame and 'ugly sister'.

In the 1970s he appeared with Fiona Richmond in the long running Paul Raymond revue, Pajama Tops, at London's Whitehall Theatre.