Charlie Drake (19 June 1925 – 23 December 2006) was an English comedian, actor, writer and singer. With his small stature (5' 1" tall), curly red hair and liking for slapstick he was a popular comedian with children in his early years, becoming nationally-known for his "Hello, my darlings" catchphrase. The catchphrase came about because he was short, and so his eyes would often be naturally directly level with a lady's bosom. Because of this and because in his work he preferred working with the fuller, bigger busted lady, the catchphrase was born.
Drake turned to straight acting in the 1980s, winning acclaim for his role as Touchstone in Shakespeare's As You Like It (at the Ludlow Festival), and an award for his part in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker. Drake also starred as Smallweed in the BBC adaptation of Bleak House (1985), and Filipina Dreamgirls, a TV movie for the BBC. His final appearances on stage were with Jim Davidson in his adult adaptation of Cinderella, which was spelt SINderella, as Baron Hard-on. A live recording of one of the dates on the tour of the pantomime was later adapted, and edited for video, and put out for sale nationwide. Drake suffered a stroke in 1995 and retired, staying at Brinsworth House, a retirement home for actors and performers, run by the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, until his death on 23 December 2006, after suffering multiple strokes the previous night. He died from complications from a stroke on 23 December 2006, aged 81. He Was A Great performer
|Born||Charles Edward Springall|
June 19, 1925
Elephant and Castle, Southwark,South London
|Died||December 23, 2006 (aged 81)|
Brinsworth House, Twickenham,Middlesex
|Cause of death||Stroke|