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Always find a way of enjoying oneself

A man of many voices, Kenneth Connor was one of the stars of long-running Carry On film comedy series, which established him as a household name in the 1960s.

The comedy actor stepped into show business from a young age, appearing at the age of two in a show staged by his father. His early career as a serious stage actor saw him in many notable performances, including alongside Alec Guinness in historic Russian satire The Government Inspector.

A small role in classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers – which also starred Guinness – led to Connor being cast in the first Carry On film, Carry On Sergeant. He became a regular on the series, appearing in seventeen of the thirty feature films.

On stage, Connor co-starred with comedian Frankie Howerd when bawdy Roman musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened in London’s West End, after Broadway success.

On TV in the eighties, he worked again with Howerd in Frankie Howerd Reveals All, with sitcom roles including an eight-year stint as undertaker Alphonse in long-running French Resistance comedy * 'Allo 'Allo*.

Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 1991, Kenneth worked right up until his death, with his final television role in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes broadcast posthumously.