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Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1957 and has since worked extensively in theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre repertoire encompasses both plays and musicals and includes Portrait of a Queen, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Mikado, Ten Little Indians, Doctor in the House, My Fair Lady, Romeo and Juliet, Who Dunnit?, The Plain Dealer, School for Scandal, The Relapse, The Mousetrap, How the Other Half Loves, Me and My Girl, As You Like It, Aladdin, Lloyd George Knew My Father, I Have Been Here Before, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Pirates of Penzance, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Sylvia's Wedding, Taming of The Shrew and Macbeth. He also spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and most recently played the Butler in Murdered To Death.

Smith is perhaps best known to television audiences for the role of Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold, which he first played for ten seasons on the acclaimed BBC series Are You Being Served?, followed by two seasons on the series Grace & Favour (aka Are You Being Served? Again!). He more recently appeared in the miniseries Martin Chuzzlewit and in two seasons of the BBC sketch show Revolver. His extensive television credits also include Doctor Who; the 1973 musical adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring Kirk Douglas; The Door of Opportunity, based on the story by W. Somerset Maugham; the miniseries The First Churchills; the series Z Cars and The Frost Report; and a myriad of series guest roles, beginning in the mid-1960s.

Smith has also been seen in a number of feature films, most recently including the British comedy What Rats Won't Do. His additional credits include Gene Wilder's The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, Federico Fellini's Casanova, Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Canterbury Tales, Mel Brooks' The Twelve Chairs, John Huston's A Walk with Love and Death and Richard Donner's Salt and Pepper.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Nicholas Smith Facts

BirthdayMarch 5, 1934 (89)
BirthplaceBanstead, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Trading Places
Searching for Bobby Fischer
The Bank Job
Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys
Cinderella Man
War of The Worlds
The Harvest
Evil Under the Sun
Gotham: Season 2
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