Are You Being Served? Frank Thornton English actor died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday morning, his agent David Daly said. He was 92.
He is best known as Captain Peacock in the long-running television comedy Are You Being Served?
Thornton was a familiar face on British television, especially in comedies. He is best known for playing Captain Stephen Peacock in the long-running sitcom, Are You Being Served. Thornton starred as Peacock, a snooty floorwalker with a dubious military record, from 1972-85, and again in the early Nineties in spin-off show Grace and Favour.
The comedy actor is survived by his wife of 67 years Beryl, their daughter Jane and their three grandchildren.
His agent David Daly said: “Ninety-two-year-old Frank Thornton died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday.
“I have been Frank’s agent since 1986 and he has been the most wonderful client as well as being a great friend. He will be sorely missed.”
“He was a great friend and consummate performer who was the glue who really held Are You Being served? Together,” said the show’s co-creator, Jeremy Lloyd. “He will continue to give people enjoyment.”
The show’s co-creator Jeremy Lloyd paid tribute to Thornton, saying he was “very sad to hear this news”.
“He was a great friend and consummate performer who was the glue who really held Are You Being Served? together.
“He will continue to give people enjoyment.”
Thornton, who was born in Dulwich, originally worked in insurance after leaving school but studied to become an actor with evening classes.
He left his job to study acting full time, and made his professional stage debut in 1940 in Ireland with a production of French Without Tears.
Thornton was born in Dulwich, South London in 1921. He became an actor after enrolling in evening classes while working for an insurance firm. After serving as an officer in the RAF during the Second World War, Thornton landed his first credited role in the 1954 film, Radio Cab Murder.
In the Sixties Thornton started working in television and appeared in comedy shows with comedians including Benny Hill, Frankie Howerd and Spike Milligan. He was a recurring guest star on sitcom Steptoe and Son and appeared alongside Ronnie Corbett and Arthur Lowe in the 1973 film, No Sex Please, We’re British.
He has made appearances in dozens of movies, including “No Sex Please, We’re British” and more recently “Gosford Park.”