Donald Hewlett

Last updated 09 January 2020

Donald Hewlett (1922-2011)
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Donald Hewlett

Born: Wednesday 30th August 1922
Died: Saturday 4th June 2011 (age: 88)


Donald Hewlett is an English actor best known for his sitcom roles of Colonel Charles Reynolds in It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Lord Meldrum in You Rang, M'Lord?, both written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. 

Hewlett attended Cambridge University where he was part of the Footlights Revue. During World War II he joined the Royal Navy and was stationed for several years in Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands before being posted to Singapore.

His first professional acting job was in repertory theatre at the Oxford Playhouse where he worked alongside Ronnie Barker. His first television acting role was the part of Lincoln Green in 1954's Orders are Orders.

His television appearances included The Ronnie Corbett Show, The Saint, The Avengers and The Dick Emery Show. However, he gained his most prominant role in the 1970s Croft and Perry sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum as Colonel Charles Reynolds. He was later reunited with fellow actor Michael Knowles in another David Croft sitcom, the sci-fi spoof Come Back Mrs. Noah, and later with the more successful You Rang, M'Lord? in 1989 as Lord George Meldrum. 

Other roles included 'Winkworth' in Morris Minor's Marvellous Motors in 1989 and The Adventures of Brigadier Wellington-Bull. His last TV appearance was in The Upper Hand in 1995.

He had a number of film appearances including Spike Milligan's Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall, A Touch of Class, Carry on Behind and The First Great Train Robbery