I know what I am good at and what I am not good at
Best known for his role as aspirational electrician Bob Ferris in the BBC sitcom The Likely Lads, Rodney Bewes was a career actor on both stage and screen.
Born in Yorkshire to an electrician and a teacher, after auditioning for some TV work at an early age – he was just 14 when he got offered his first job – Rodney undertook two years of national service with the RAF before entering RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He funded this by working long nights in hotels, often falling asleep in class because of this. He was expelled in his final year, later admitting that he had ‘partied too hard’.
He was a regular face on British television in the 1960s and 70s, mainly due to The Likely Lads and its sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and lived life to the full, partying with Mick Jagger and staying with Omar Sharif in Paris for a spell. The show even spawned a successful feature length film.
Rodney’s career slowed in the 1980s, but he never stopped performing, touring with his popular stage adaptation of the comic novel Three Men in a Boat for more than ten years.