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Windsor Davies dead - It Ain't Half Hot Mum actor dies aged 88

Mirror logo Mirror 19/01/2019 Lucy Buckland
a man wearing a suit and tie: Windsor Davies (seen here with co-star Donald Sinden) enjoyed huge success through the 1980s with Never The Twain © Rex Windsor Davies (seen here with co-star Donald Sinden) enjoyed huge success through the 1980s with Never The Twain

It Ain't Half Hot Mum actor Windsor Davies has died aged 88.

His family confirmed the father of five died on Thursday.

Davies was born in London but moved back to his father's home village Nant-y-Moel, Bridgend county at the outset of the Second World War, where he picked up his signature rich Welsh accent.

Daughter Jane Davies said her parents will be remembered with " love, laughter and gratitude".

Davies moved to France with his wife of 62 years, Eluned, who died in September.

a group of people in uniform posing for a photo © Credits: Rex
 

While Windsor, who worked as a miner and teacher before turning to acting, had a long career as an actor – with credits including The Onedin Line, Doctor Who and Gerry Anderson's Terrahawks, it will always be the fearsome Sergeant-Major in It Ain't Half Hot Mum that he is best remembered.

Windsor Davies © PA Windsor Davies

The unyielding stickler for army regulations saddled with minding an unruly troupe of entertainers in the last days of the Raj, Sergeant Major Williams was the lynchpin of the long-running series.

a man wearing a hat and glasses: Windsor Davies (left) and Jack Douglas appeared together in 'Carry On Behind' © ITV/REX/Shutterstock Windsor Davies (left) and Jack Douglas appeared together in 'Carry On Behind'

The character was spun off into a hit single – Whispering Grass – a duet with fellow It Ain't Half Hot Mum actor Don Estelle which reached the Number One spot in 1975.

The Sergeant-Major's catchphrase "Oh dear, how sad, never mind" still pops up as a social media meme today, nearly forty years after the show's last episode was transmitted.

After It Ain't Half Hot Mum ended, Windsor went on to star in sitcom Never The Twain, with Donald Sinden. The show, about a pair of rival antique dealers, ran for ten years.

Windsor Davies sitting at a table with wine glasses © Credits: Rex

As well as his small screen credits, Windsor appeared in a wide range of feature films, including 1969's Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed and Adolf Hitler, My Part In His Downfall as well as two Carry On Films; Carry On Behind and Carry On England.

His distinctive Welsh-accented tones also earned him a number of voice-over commissions, especially for TV advertising.

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