William Franklyn

Actor, Writer

Actor, Writer


Debonair British actor at home on stage (since the age of 15), screen and TV. Initially, his roles tended to be dramatic but, by his 40s, he was increasingly playing tongue-in-cheek comedy parts. His smooth lounge-lizard voice has frequently been used for voice-overs on television advertisements (most famously a long-running campaign for Schweppes...
Birth date
1925-09-22
Death date
2006-10-31
Height
6' (1.83 m)

Known For


Top Secret
Top Secret
Peter Dallas (1961-1962)
Cul-de-sac
Cul-de-sac
Cecil (1966)
The Love Match
The Love Match
Arthur Ford (1955)
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre
Bob Makepeace / David / Dick Dudgeon / Frederick Barlow / Joe Parker (1955-1959)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
ActorThe Courtroom
(TV Series) Judge Matthew Johnson - Dead in the Water (2004) ... Judge Matthew Johnson
2004
ActorDoctors
(TV Series) Hugo Stephenson - A Second Chance (2001) ... Hugo Stephenson
2001
ActorStartopia
(Video Game) Lead Vocals (voice)
2001
ActorFrench and Saunders
(TV Series) - Witless Silence (1999)
1999
ActorJonathan Creek
(TV Series) Narrator of Banana Commercial - Jack in the Box (1997) ... Narrator of Banana Commercial (voice, uncredited)
1997
ActorRobert Rylands' Last Journey
Robert Rylands
1996
ActorLondon Suite
(TV Movie) Widley
1996
ActorLovejoy
(TV Series) Burgess - Guns and Roses (1994) ... Burgess
1994
ActorSplitting Heirs
Andrews
1993
ActorDiana: Her True Story
(TV Movie) Lord Mountbatten
1993
ActorThe Upper Hand
(TV Series) Eric - Surprise, Surprise (1992) ... Eric
1992
ActorMoon and Son
(TV Series) George Milestone - Nearly Dearly Departed (1992) ... George Milestone
1992
ActorG.B.H.
(TV Mini-Series) Distinguished Gent - Message Received (1991) ... Distinguished Gent - Message Sent (1991) ... Distinguished Gent - Only Here on a Message (1991) ... Distinguished Gent
1991
ActorKelly Monteith
(TV Series) - Episode #6.3 (1984)
1984
ActorThe Steam Video Company
(TV Series) Various / Bruno Franklyn / Pawnbroker / ... - The Fall of the House of Franklyn (1984) ... Various / Bruno Franklyn / Pawnbroker / ... - Amityville II Luton Town 3 (1984) ... Various / Queen Elizabeth / Curly - The Secret of Plankton Lodge (1984) ... Various / Deirdre Plankton - I Was Hitler's Bookie (1984) ... Various / Barrister - Creature from the Black Forest Gateau (1984) ... Various / Sir Brimsley Oakhampton OBE Bob Todd and Bath / Barry Cryer Show all 6 episodes
1984
ActorNutcracker
Sir Arthur Cartwright
1982
ActorITV Playhouse
(TV Series) Ashley Munroe / James Innes / Charles - The Purple Twilight (1979) ... Ashley Munroe / James Innes - Mixed Foursome (1969) ... Charles
1969-1979
ActorHorizon
(TV Series documentary) Narrator - Zero G (1978) ... Narrator
1978
ActorThe New Avengers
(TV Series) McKay - Hostage (1977) ... McKay
1977
ActorParadise Island
(TV Series) Cuthbert Fulworthy - Here Is the News (1977) ... Cuthbert Fulworthy - Who Do You Do...? (1977) ... Cuthbert Fulworthy - The Great Pig Hunt (1977) ... Cuthbert Fulworthy - Happy Birthday Cuthbert (1977) ... Cuthbert Fulworthy - Is Anybody There? (1977) ... Cuthbert Fulworthy Show all 7 episodes
1977
ActorWhat's on Next?
(TV Series) Various (1976-1978)
1976
ActorThe Satanic Rites of Dracula
Torrence
1973
ActorGet Charlie Tully
Arnold Van Cleef
1972
ActorMy Wife Next Door
(TV Series) Willie - Dream Girl (1972) ... Willie
1972
ActorDoctor in Charge
(TV Series) Jeremy de Quincy - That's My Uncle! (1972) ... Jeremy de Quincy
1972
ActorJustice
(TV Series) James Kirby - The Most Important Thing of All (1971) ... James Kirby
1971
ActorNorth West Confidential
(Short) The man
1970
ActorThe Champions
(TV Series) Hartington - The Gun-Runners (1969) ... Hartington
1969
ActorThe Avengers
(TV Series) Brinstead / Omrod - Killer (1968) ... Brinstead - Silent Dust (1965) ... Omrod
1965-1968
ActorThirty-Minute Theatre
(TV Series) Roy Haines - Something to Hide: The Caretaker's Flat (1968) ... Roy Haines - Something to Hide: The Studio (1968) ... Roy Haines - Something to Hide: The First Floor (1968) ... Roy Haines
1968
ActorThe Baron
(TV Series) Kent Jordon - The Edge of Fear (1966) ... Kent Jordon
1966
ActorMogul
(TV Series) Michael Rennane - The Bigger They Are (1966) ... Michael Rennane
1966
ActorPublic Eye
(TV Series) Kurt Heller - You're Not Cinderella, Are You? (1966) ... Kurt Heller
1966
ActorCul-de-sac
Cecil
1966
ActorThe Magical World of Disney
(TV Series) Tom King - The Legend of Young Dick Turpin: Part 2 (1966) ... Tom King - The Legend of Young Dick Turpin: Part 1 (1966) ... Tom King
1966
ActorThe Intelligence Men
Colonel Grant
1965
ActorThe Legend of Young Dick Turpin
Tom King
1965
ActorCurtain of Fear
(TV Series) Hans Liebert - The Regan Solution (1964) ... Hans Liebert - The Shand Solution (1964) ... Hans Liebert - The Linton Compact (1964) ... Hans Liebert - The Tannikov Dilemma (1964) ... Hans Liebert - The Liebert Question (1964) ... Hans Liebert Show all 6 episodes
1964
ActorThe Dickie Henderson Show
(TV Series) Greg - The Boy Friend (1964) ... Greg
1964
ActorArmchair Theatre
(TV Series) Arthur Maxwell / John Hamilton / Paul Lorimer - A Nice Little Business (1964) ... Arthur Maxwell - The Big Deal (1961) ... John Hamilton - The Last Flight (1957) ... Paul Lorimer
1957-1964
ActorNo Cloak - No Dagger
(TV Series) Ian Lambart - Episode #1.6 (1963) ... Ian Lambart - Episode #1.5 (1963) ... Ian Lambart - Episode #1.4 (1963) ... Ian Lambart - Episode #1.3 (1963) ... Ian Lambart - Episode #1.2 (1963) ... Ian Lambart Show all 6 episodes
1963
ActorMaigret
(TV Series) Count Maurice - The Countess (1962) ... Count Maurice
1962
ActorTop Secret
(TV Series) Peter Dallas - Escape to Danger (1962) ... Peter Dallas - Dance for Spies (1962) ... Peter Dallas - Dangerous Project (1962) ... Peter Dallas - The Life Stealers (1962) ... Peter Dallas - Vengeance at La Vina (1962) ... Peter Dallas Show all 26 episodes
1961-1962
ActorPit of Darkness
Richard
1961
ActorInternational Detective
(TV Series) Larry Sullivan / Conrad Schneider - The Washington Case (1961) ... Larry Sullivan - The Bismarck Case (1960) ... Conrad Schneider
1960-1961
ActorFury at Smugglers' Bay
The Captain
1961
ActorNo Wreath for the General
(TV Series) Dr. Roger Kenyon - Episode #1.6 (1960) ... Dr. Roger Kenyon - Episode #1.5 (1960) ... Dr. Roger Kenyon - Episode #1.4 (1960) ... Dr. Roger Kenyon - Episode #1.3 (1960) ... Dr. Roger Kenyon - Episode #1.2 (1960) ... Dr. Roger Kenyon Show all 6 episodes
1960
ActorOn Trial
(TV Series) W.T. Stead - W.T. Stead (1960) ... W.T. Stead
1960
ActorThe Big Day
Mr. T. Selkirk
1960
ActorNo Hiding Place
(TV Series) Paul Kendon / Jerry Fleming - The Last Flight of the Eel (1960) ... Paul Kendon - Everybody Loves Jerry (1959) ... Jerry Fleming
1959-1960
ActorUpgreen - And at 'Em1960
ActorITV Play of the Week
(TV Series) Larry Dean / Lt. Commander Mark Heyward / Martin Carew - The Green Pack (1960) ... Larry Dean - The Signal (1959) ... Lt. Commander Mark Heyward - The Winner (1959) ... Martin Carew
1959-1960
ActorInterpol Calling
(TV Series) Nevil - Slow Boat to Amsterdam (1960) ... Nevil
1960
ActorThe Flying Doctor
(TV Series) Murphy - Time Bomb (1959) ... Murphy
1959
ActorBBC Sunday-Night Theatre
(TV Series) Joe Parker / David / Dick Dudgeon / ... - A Spoke in the Wheel (1959) ... Joe Parker - The Girl at the Next Table (1957) ... David - The Devil's Disciple (1956) ... Dick Dudgeon - The Seat of the Scornful (1956) ... Frederick Barlow - The Makepeace Story #4: The New Executive (1955) ... Bob Makepeace
1955-1959
ActorBreakout
Capt. Tony Long
1959
ActorThe Snorkel
Wilson
1958
ActorThe World Our Stage
(TV Series) Dick Pepper (The Tunnel of Love) - Episode #1.3 (1958) ... Dick Pepper (The Tunnel of Love)
1958
ActorDick and the Duchess
(TV Series) Elegant Harry - The Club (1957) ... Elegant Harry
1957
ActorThe New Adventures of Charlie Chan
(TV Series) Jack Pearson / Richard Dawson - The Death of a Don (1957) ... Jack Pearson - Backfire (1957) ... Richard Dawson
1957
ActorItalian Love Story
(TV Movie) Captain Bracken
1957
ActorThe Flesh Is Weak
Lloyd Buxton
1957
ActorCity After Midnight
Ned Atwood
1957
ActorQuatermass 2
Brand
1957
ActorThe Adventures of Sir Lancelot
(TV Series) Baron Mortaise - The Mortaise Fair (1957) ... Baron Mortaise
1957
ActorBoyd Q.C.
(TV Series) - Hit and Run (1957)
1957
ActorRheingold Theatre
(TV Series) Roger Benning / Stanley / David Butler - Bulldog Drummond and 'The Ludlow Affair' (1957) ... Roger Benning - The Way Home (1956) ... Stanley - A Likely Story (1956) ... David Butler
1956-1957
ActorITV Television Playhouse
(TV Series) George Lawrence / Hawksley / Bluey - The Lion's Share One Bright Day (1956) ... George Lawrence - The Invaders (1956) - Bamboo Bars (1956) ... Hawksley - Mid Level (1955) ... Bluey
1955-1956
ActorNew Ramps for Old
(TV Series) Digger Minden - Strictly Legal (1956) ... Digger Minden
1956
ActorThe Count of Monte Cristo
(TV Series) Phillipe / Du Broc - Burgundy (1956) ... Phillipe - The Carbonari (1956) ... Du Broc
1956
ActorTheatre Royal
(TV Series) Donald / Ted Harvey - Forecast Unsettled (1956) ... Donald - Bride Wore an Opal Ring (1956) ... Ted Harvey
1956
ActorThe Scarlet Pimpernel
(TV Series) Fleury / Jacques Fleury - The Ambassador's Lady (1955) ... Fleury - Something Remembered (1955) ... Jacques Fleury
1955
ActorLucky Strike
(TV Movie) Tom Spragge
1955
ActorAbove Us the Waves
No. 1, X2
1955
ActorThe Love Match
Arthur Ford
1955
ActorOut of the Clouds
Control Tower Radio Operator (uncredited)
1955
ActorShop Spoiled
Studio Official
1954
ActorTime Is My Enemy
Sgt. Peter Thompson
1954
ActorThe Runaway Bus
Crook in Opening Sequence (voice, uncredited)
1954
ActorOperation Diplomat
Dr. Gillespie (uncredited)
1953
ActorJohnny, You're Wanted
(TV Mini-Series) Dr. Matthews - One Way Traffic (1953) ... Dr. Matthews - Left-hand Drive (1953) ... Dr. Matthews - Blind Corner (1953) ... Dr. Matthews
1953
ActorSeven Little Australians
(TV Mini-Series) - A Day in Town (1953)
1953
ActorSecret People
Surgeon (uncredited)
1952
RoleTitleYear
WriterTop Secret
(TV Series) (writer - 1 episode) - X (1961) ... (writer)
1961
RoleTitleYear
SelfHeroes of Comedy
(TV Series documentary) Self - Dick Emery (2002) ... Self - Leonard Rossiter (2001) ... Self
2001-2002
SelfThe 100 Greatest TV Ads
(TV Special) Self
2000
SelfWashes Whiter
(TV Series documentary) Self - Narrator - The Getaway People (1990) ... Self - Narrator (voice) - Buy Some for Lulu (1990) ... Self - Narrator (voice) - Big! Big! Big! (1990) ... Self - Narrator (voice) - She's Not a Moron She's Your Wife (1990) ... Self - Narrator (voice)
1990
SelfForty Minutes
(TV Series documentary) Narrator - Botham's Out (1986) ... Narrator
1986
SelfSurvival
(TV Series documentary) Self - narrator - Sea of Eden (1981) ... Self - narrator
1981
SelfPlasterboard Today
(Documentary short) Self - Commentator
1980
SelfLooks Familiar
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Episode dated 3 April 1980 (1980) ... Self - Guest - Episode dated 26 January 1976 (1976) ... Self - Guest
1976-1980
SelfMasterspy
(TV Series) Self - Host - Episode dated 14 April 1979 (1979) ... Self - Host - Episode dated 8 October 1977 (1977) ... Self - Host
1977-1979
SelfThose Wonderful TV Times
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 6 August 1978 (1978) ... Self - Episode #2.14 (1977) ... Self
1977-1978
SelfThis Is Your Life
(TV Series documentary) Self - William Franklyn (1978) ... Self - Pam Ayres (1976) ... Self - Ray Cooney (1975) ... Self - Robert Morley (1974) ... Self
1974-1978
SelfHorizon
(TV Series documentary) Self - Commentator - The Red Planet (1977) ... Self - Commentator (voice) - Fusion: The Energy Promise (1974) ... Self - Commentator (voice)
1974-1977
SelfWoodland Harvest
(Documentary short) Self - Commentator
1976
SelfThe Sweepstakes Game
(TV Series) Self - Panellist - Episode #1.9 (1976) ... Self - Panellist
1976
SelfWhodunnit?
(TV Series) Self - Panellist / Voiceover - Dead Ball (1976) ... Self - Panellist - Death at the Top (1975) ... Self - Panellist - Pop Goes the Weasel (1975) ... Voiceover
1975-1976
SelfCelebrity Squares
(TV Series) Self - Episode #1.2 (1975) ... Self
1975
SelfCall My Bluff
(TV Series) Self / Self - Team Captain - Episode #9.16 (1975) ... Self - Episode #9.15 (1975) ... Self - Episode #8.20 (1974) ... Self - Team Captain - Episode #8.19 (1974) ... Self - Team Captain - Episode #8.16 (1973) ... Self Show all 8 episodes
1971-1975
SelfWhat's My Line?
(TV Series) Self - Panellist - Episode #2.18 (1974) ... Self - Panellist - Episode #2.17 (1974) ... Self - Panellist - Episode #2.16 (1974) ... Self - Panellist - Episode #2.15 (1974) ... Self - Panellist - Episode #2.14 (1974) ... Self - Panellist Show all 23 episodes
1973-1974
SelfHe Said, She Said
(TV Series) Self - Episode #2.3 (1972) ... Self
1972
SelfIt's Lulu
(TV Series) Self - Episode #2.2 (1971) ... Self
1971
SelfThe Morecambe & Wise Show
(TV Series) Self - 1970 Christmas Show (1970) ... Self
1970
SelfThe Dave Allen Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode #1.2 (1969) ... Self
1969
SelfSaturday Spectacular
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 19 November 1960 (1960) ... Self
1960
RoleTitleYear
Archive footageCinemassacre's Monster Madness
(TV Series documentary) Torrence - The Satanic Rites of Dracula (2011) ... Torrence
2011
Archive footageMars: A Horizon Guide
(TV Movie documentary) Self - Narrator (uncredited)
2009
Archive footageTruly, Madly, Cheaply!: British B Movies
(TV Movie documentary) Richard Logan (uncredited)
2008
Archive footagePeter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood
(TV Movie documentary) The Captain
1989