John Inman

John Inman

71 (passed away Mar. 8th, 2007)
Jun. 28th, 1935
Born in
Preston, Lancashire, England, UK
5' 7

John Inman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Are You Being Served? (UK) TV Show
Are You Being Served? (UK)
Grace & Favour (UK) TV Show
Grace & Favour (UK)
Pantoland (UK) TV Show
Pantoland (UK)
Take a Letter Mr. Jones (UK) TV Show
Take a Letter Mr. Jones (UK)
Telly Addicts (UK) TV Show
Telly Addicts (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


JOHN INMAN was just thirteen when he first appeared at the South Pier in Blackpool, his home town. Since then he has never looked back, with innumerable appearances on television, in cabaret and stage productions all over Britain and overseas and with starring roles in London's West End.
His West End debut came in the musical Ann Veronica at the Cambridge Theatre, followed by seventeen months at the famous Windmill Theatre after which John starred as Lord Fancourt Babberley in the production of Charley's Aunt at the Adelphi Theatre in the Strand.
However it was as Mr. Humphries in the long running B.B.C. series Are You Being Served? that he became a household name throughout the country and world-wide. He was chosen to be the subject of This Is Your Life and was later honoured by the Variety Club of Great Britain as B.B.C. television personality of the year. He was also voted funniest man on television by the readers of T.V. Times.
Summer seasons have also been an important element in John's varied career. His favourite show is pantomime, of which he has done over 40, and he is firmly recognised as the best dame in the business. He has appeared in six Royal Variety Performances, before most of the members of the Royal Family.
In spite of his world tours, he still returns home each Christmas for his pantomime appearances. Are You Being Served? is shown on American television from coast to coast with huge success, which makes John a truly International star.
John works unceasingly for charity, he is past King Rat of the Grand Order of Water Rats, and the 2002 President of the Heritage Foundation.

  • At 21, he joined a touring repertory theater company and later appeared in pantomimes as well.
  • He was named BBC TV Personality of the Year in 1976.
  • On 27 December 2005 in Westminster, Inman entered into a civil partnership with Ron Lynch, his partner of 33 years, under a new British law that had come into effect the week before that gave official recognition to same-sex relationships.
  • In December 2004, he was forced to pull out of the London pantomime production of Dick Whittington after being diagnosed with hepatitis A. His health began to decline and he never worked again.

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