Gorden Kaye

Gorden Kaye

Apr. 7th, 1941
Born in
Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, UK
5' 10 1/2

Gorden Kaye's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Allo! Allo! (UK) TV Show
Allo! Allo! (UK)
Just Liz (UK) TV Show
Just Liz (UK)
Mansfield Park 1983 TV Show
Mansfield Park 1983
Roland Rat: The Series TV Show
Roland Rat: The Series
The Gordon Peters Show (UK) TV Show
The Gordon Peters Show (UK)
Wogan (UK) TV Show
Wogan (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Gorden Kaye (born as Gordon Fitzgerald Kaye on 7 April 1941 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire) is a BAFTA-nominated English comic actor, best known for playing René Artois in the British TV comedy 'Allo 'Allo!.

Early life

As a youngster, he played Rugby League for Moldgreen ARLFC before studying at King James's Grammar School in Almondbury, Huddersfield.


After first coming to prominence playing Elsie Tanner's nephew Bernard Butler in the UK's long-running soap opera Coronation Street in 1969, he later made an impression on producer/writer David Croft following memorable guest roles in It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Are You Being Served? and Come Back Mrs Noah. In 1979, Kaye starred as Dimes in the feature film Porridge alongside Ronnie Barker.

Croft offered him the lead role in a series he had written called Oh, Happy Band! but Kaye was unavailable and the part went to Harry Worth. Oh, Happy Band! disappeared after one series and, in 1982, Croft sent Kaye the script for the pilot episode of 'Allo 'Allo! inviting him to play the central character of René Artois. He accepted and went on to appear in each of the show's 85 episodes and many productions of the hit stage version.

Gorden Kaye had a small part in Terry Gilliam's film Brazil as desk clerk M.O.I. Lobby Porter.

Kaye is the author of a 1989 autobiography, Rene & Me: A Sort of Autobiography (with Hilary Bonner, ISBN 0-283-99965-9) in which he describes his experiences as a shy, gay, overweight, typecast youth. The unusual spelling of the name Gorden (usually spelt Gordon) was the result of an Equity typing error.

Kaye suffered serious head injuries in a car accident during the Burns Day storm on 25 January 1990. Although he cannot remember any details of the incident, he still has a scar on his forehead from a piece of wooden advertising boarding that smashed through the car windscreen.

While recovering in hospital from emergency brain surgery to treat injuries sustained in the accident, Kaye was photographed and interviewed by Sunday Sport journalist Roger Ordish. He sued the Sunday Sport, but the British Court of Appeal held that his privacy had not been invaded — a decision once said to be the low point of British privacy law.

Kaye returned as Rene Artois in a 2007 one-off television revival of 'Allo 'Allo and in a stage show in Brisbane, Australia at the Twelfth Night Theatre in June and July, alongside Sue Hodge as Mimi Labonq and Guy Siner as Lieutenant Gruber. The other characters were portrayed by Australian actors including Katy Manning, Steven Tandy, Chloe Dallimore, Jason Gann, Tony Alcock and David Knijnenburg.

  • Gorden Kaye with an E is attributed to a spelling mistake in a hospital. According to his autobiography 'Rene and Me', he looked at the information index at the end of his bed, and it read 'Gorden' with an E.
  • On _"'Allo 'Allo!" (1982)_ (qv), his character Ren always called Edith ('Carmen Silvera' (qv)) "you stupid woman" but in real-life, the actors were best friends.
  • He interviewed The Beatles for Huddersfield local radio, in February 1963 the day they performed in the town.
  • He has a dent in his forehead that was caused when a plank of wood went through his car window during an exceptionally severe gale in January 1990. He recovered after the accident, but he still cannot remember anything about it.

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