John Ringham

Last updated 09 January 2020

John Ringham (1928-2008)
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John Henry Ringham

Born: Friday 10th February 1928
Died: Monday 20th October 2008 (age: 80)


John Ringham was a British character actor of both television and stage who appeared in over a hundred screen appearances in a wide variety of roles.

He is best remembered for his leading role in the 1980s sitcom Just Good Friends as Norman Warrender.

He appeared throughout BBC Television's Shakespeare adaptation An Age of Kings in 1960, most prominently as Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, the brother of Henry the Fifth.

Other appearances over the years include several parts in Z Cars; Softly, Softly, and Barlow at Large; Flambards; Poldark; the War and Peace dramatisation in 1972; Birds of a Feather; The Bill; Taggart; Bergerac; Yes Minister; The Tripods; Juliet Bravo; Minder; All Creatures Great and Small; Dixon of Dock Green; Are You Being Served?; Catweazle; Up Pompeii!; The Avengers; The Piglet Files, When the Boat Comes In and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

In Dad's Army he played two different characters � Private Bracewell in the pilot (he was set to become a major recurring character, but this was later dropped), then Captain Bailey in four later episodes.