Trevor Bannister

Trevor Gordon Bannister(14 August 1934 – 14 April 2011)was an English actor best known for having played the womanising junior salesman Mr. Lucas in the sitcomAre You Being Served?from 1972 to 1979, and for his role as Toby Mulberry Smith in the long-running sitcomLast of the Summer Wine, from 2003 until it ended its run in 2010.

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 Trevor Bannister's Career

, which starred Albert Finney . He starred as Darkie Pilbeam, a wartime spiv , in the 1968 television seriesThe War of Darkie Pilbeam, and from 1969 to 1970 he appeared as "Heavy Breathing" in Jack Rosenthal 's sitcom,The Dustbinmen. Shortly afterwards, he was asked to play Mr. Lucas in aComedy Playhousepilot calledAre You Being Served?and took the part in the series. It was originally intended as a vehicle for him as the average man caught up in the store full of odd characters and baroque customs but, as it developed into more of an ensemble piece, he found his role being greatly reduced as other characters came to the top.He left the role in 1980, as filming for the show clashed with a lengthy tour for a play.

. Other TV appearances includeKeeping Up Appearancesas the kitchen shop salesmanCall Earnshaw,Gideon's Way,The Saint,The Tomorrow People,Only on SundayandThe Avengers. Bannister played three different characters in the ITV soapCoronation Street.From 2001 he played a recurring character (The Golf Captain) inLast of the Summer Wine.becoming a regular in the 30th series in 2009, finally receiving a name (“Toby Mulbery-Smith″), moving next door to Barry and Glenda ( Mike Grady and Sarah Thomas ) and befriending Morton ( Christopher Beeny ).

(1956),Au Pair Girls(1972) and the 1977 film version ofAre You Being Served?, he worked mostly in the theatre, with credits includingBilly Liarand the farceMove Over, Mrs Markham. Bannister also performed in Shakespeare and was a regular in pantomime for more than 35 years, nearly always playing the dame .In 2007, he guest starred in theDoctor Whoaudio adventure,Nocturne.

His last appearance was in the TV seriesNew Tricksepisode "Old Fossils" broadcast 4 July 2011.

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 Trevor Bannister's Family

and lived with her in Surrey at the time of his death.

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 Trevor Bannister's Death

Are You Being Served?andLast of the Summer Wineco-star Frank Thornton said that the last event Bannister attended was Thornton's 90th birthday on 15 January 2011, three months before Bannister died.

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 Trevor Bannister's References

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  2. Hayward, Anthony (17 April 2011). "Trevor Bannister obituary". The Guardian (London). 
  3. Webber, Richard (29 September 2007). "What happened to... ? Mr Lucas from Are You Being Served?". Daily Express. 
  4. "Obituary: Trevor Bannister, actor". 
  5. Oonagh Jaquest (December 2003). "Dame Academy: 35 Years of fellers in frocks". BBC. Retrieved 2006-02-18. 
  6. "Are You Being Served? star Trevor Bannister dies at 76". BBC. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  7. Corey Ross (29 March 2010). "Diamond anniversary for theatre loving couple". Salisbury Journal (salisburyjournal.co.uk). Retrieved 2012-01-27. 

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