Cast Photo from Series 3 (1988). Pictured (left to right):
Guy Siner as Lt. Gruber, Kim Hartman as Helga, Richard Gibson as Herr Flick,
Vicki Michelle as Yvette, (standing behind) Arthur Bostrom as Officer Crabtree,
(standing in front) Francesca Gonshaw as Maria, Carmen Silvera as Edith Artois,
Gorden Kaye as Rene Artois, Rose Hill as Fanny, and Jack Haig as Roger Leclerc.
(Not pictured) Richard Marner as Col. Von Strohm, Sam Kelly as Capt. Hans Geering,
Kirsten Cooke as Michelle.
Photo found in Jeremy Lloyd's autobiography.
'Allo 'Allo - Show Credits
Format: live action
Show began: Fall 1984
Show ended: Spring 1992 (with one "special" in 1994)
Network: BBC 1
| The French:|
|Rene Francois Artois|
(and his twin brother Rene)
|Edith Melba Artois||Carmen Silvera|
|Madame Fanny La Fan (Edith's mother)||Rose Hill|
|Yvette Carte-Blanche||Vicki Michelle|
|Maria Recamier (series 1-3)||Francesca Gonshaw|
|Mimi Labonq (series 4-9)||Sue Hodge|
|Michelle "of the Resistance" Dubois||Kirsten Cooke|
|Monsieur Roger Leclerc (series 1-5)||Jack Haig|
|Monsieur Ernest Leclerc (series 6-9)||Derek Royle (series 6)|
Robin Parkinson (series 7-9)
|Monsieur Alphonse ("Swiftly, and with style")||Kenneth Connor|
| The Germans & Italians:|
|Colonel Von Strohm||Richard Marner|
|Lieutenant Hubert Gruber||Guy Siner|
|Captain Hans Geering (series 1-4)||Sam Kelly|
|Captain Alberto Bertorelli (series 4-7)||Gavin Richards (series 4-6)|
Roger Kitter (series 7)
|Private Helga Geerhart||Kim Hartman|
|Herr Otto Flick||Richard Gibson (series 1-8)|
David Janson (Series 9)
|Herr Engelbert Von Smallhausen (series 2-9)||John Louis Mansi|
| The British:|
|Officer (Captain) Crabtree (series 2-9)||Arthur Bostrom|
|RAF Flight Lt. Fairfax (series 1-7)||John D. Collins|
|RAF Flight Lt. Carstairs (series 1-7)||Nicholas Frankau|
Supporting Characters are recurring characters who appeared in 5 or more episodes during the show; they may or may not be individually credited in the Episode Guide for the episodes in which they appear.
| Supporting Characters (appeared in more than 5 episodes):|
|General Erich von Klinkerhoffen||Hilary Minster|
|Henriette (Michelle's Assistant)|| Phoebe Scholfield|
|Denise Laroque (series 5)||Moira Foot|
|Louise (series 5-9)||Carole Ashby|
Credits for Series 1-5 were compiled by me with assistance on some spellings
from other netizens and other sources. Information on Series 6-9 comes from
Jerry G, myself, and Jeff Peck, and is not yet complete.
Brief Bios For Some of the Actors
Information here is gleaned from a number of sources, mostly from a series of
newsletter articles in the now-defunct email-zine Vertical Hold, the Internet Movie
Database, and Jeremy Lloyd's autobiography "Listen Very Carefully, I Shall Say
This Only Once". Some of it has been augmented and corrected from still other sources,
including original copies of other shows.
Gorden Kaye, born in Moldgreen, Huddersfield (Yorkshire) attended
Huddersfield Technical College in the early 1960's and made his TV debut as
Elsie Tanner's nephew in Coronation Street in 1968. He went on to
minor roles in many other shows and a part in the 1977 Python-filled film
"Jabberwocky" (as Sister Jessica) before joining Jeremy Lloyd and David
Croft on two short series, Oh, Happy Band and Come Back,
Mrs. Noah, and finally teaming with them and achieving sex symbol status
through 'Allo 'Allo. His popularity and work schedule didn't
interfere with later film appearances as 'Allo 'Allo continued,
including appearing in Terry Gilliam's film Brazil.
His fame made him a target for the British tabloids - one of which, in 1988,
discovered that he was having a homosexual affair. In response, just before
they were due to publish photographic evidence, he happily admitted that he
was gay, writing a personal memoir called "Rene and Me" with the help of a
friendly journalist - thus robbing the scandal-mongers of their scoop.
Mr. Kaye has appeared in a few episodes of the Lloyd-Croft comedy
Are You Being Served?, popped up in episodes of
Last of the Summer Wine and
All Creatures Great and Small, and was the stalwart host of
"Nationwide" in the short-lived Come Back, Mrs. Noah.
Gorden Kaye made the news in January 1990 when a windstorm-related injury nearly led
to his death. While in his car during a fierce windstorm, a wooden
hoarding broke through his windshield and stabbed into his head, nearly
killing him instantly. After a six-hour brain operation, he went into a
long but eventually successful recovery, while the tabloid press tried to
sneak in and get shots of him unconscious on his bed. Jeremy Lloyd sat with
him for long periods, and Gorden's agent came visiting with many videotapes
of 'Allo 'Allo, which Jeremy thinks may have helped remind him who he was.
Afterwards, Gorden suggested that 'Allo 'Allo should end, but Jeremy Lloyd
convinced him otherwise, and the show continued for another two series.
Despite his miraculous recovery, Gorden still has no memory of the accident.
Since the end of 'Allo 'Allo, Mr Kaye has gone on to appear with Carmen
Silvera (his long-suffering wife Edith in 'Allo 'Allo) in the 1996 film "La
Passione," and on stage starring in Harvey, with Rue McClanahan.
Carmen Silvera (1922 - 2002)
was born in Toronto and raised in England. She left for Montreal during the
war, where she trained in ballet and worked in three Ballet Russe
productions. Later, she studied drama - and in the 1960s won national
prominence as Camilla Hope in the BBC serial Compact. Her other roles
include appearances in TV series Dad's Army, New Scotland Yard, Two Women,
Whoops Apocalypse, and Within These Walls, as well as playing Miss
Marple in a stage version of "Murder at the Vicarage". She has appeared
twice in Doctor Who, notably as Clara the Clown in
the adventure The Celestial Toymaker.
She later appeared with Gorden Kaye in the cast of the film "La Passione."
In 1990, she was paid the great honour of being the subject of This Is Your Life!
In August 2002, Carmen Silvera succumbed to lung cancer and passed away.
Obituary at Ananova
Obituary at dadsarmy.tv
was 32 years
old when 'Allo 'Allo began, having previously played small roles in Minder,
The Kenny Everett Show, The Professionals and The Two Ronnies, in which she played a Cockney
newsboy. She also has appeared in Are You Being Served? and had a key role in the shortlived Lloyd/Croft collaboration Come Back, Mrs. Noah, playing the space commander's assistant. She's been seen most recently on stage in a Newcastle production of Dracula (Nov '96).
You can visit the Official Vicki Michelle Web Site
for more pictures, articles, and information about what Vicki is doing these days.
You can also read an interview with Vicki originally conducted
by a British magazine.
left after the third series of 'Allo 'Allo to join the cast of
Howard's Way. She also appeared in the film
"Biggles: Adventures in Time" (1986) and the 1983 TV Movie
"The Hound of the Baskervilles."
appeared in a number of films prior to her regular role as Fanny in
'Allo 'Allo. Most famously, she was in the second
Pink Panther film, "A Shot In The Dark", as well as in the TV Movie
version of "Nicholas Nickleby" in 1981.
was born in Sussex and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy. Mainly
a stage actress, Kirtsen's television credits include "A Dave Allen
Christmas Special", "Woolcott", "Rings on their Fingers", "Dawson
Watch", and "The Upper Hand". She has now gone
on to play the role of "Molly" in the series "Down To Earth."
Kirsten is married, with four children, and lives in West London.
was born in St Petersburg, and is fluent in
Russian, English, French and German. One of his early stage roles - as
Dracula - is still regarded by some as the definitive interpretation of the
role. His films include The Boys from Brazil, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The African Queen, and
the Swiss film Four in a Jeep, in which he did all the Russian dialogue. Also look for him in the television movie "The Birth of the Beatles", as the Club Boss. Recent work includes guest shots in Lovejoy(1994)
and the movie "The Sum of All Fears" (as the Russian President).
was born in Manhattan, educated in England and
trained for the stage at the Webber Douglas Academy in London,
where in a career of some 20 years he has become well known both
in theater and television.
He made his London debut in the original West End production of
Cowardy Custard. Other London theater includes
Nickleby & Me;
Blithe Spirit; The Frogs; Off the Peg; The Biograph Girl;
and Don't Dress for Dinner.
On TV, you can see him as Pylades in "I Claudius", as well as roles
in "Dr. Who - Genesis of the Daleks"; "Seinfeld"; "Knots
Landing"; "Babylon 5" (in the episode "Rumors, Bargains, and Lies");
and of course, in over 90 episodes of 'Allo 'Allo!
In films, Guy has appeared in The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson;
Great Harry & Jane;
Lost Highway; Leprechaun IV; Playing God; and Big City Blues.
You can even have Guy talking to you in your own home by going out
and purchasing the computer game "TIE Fighter" from Lucasarts: when you
play the game, Guy's the voice of your commanding officer!
Guy now lives in Los Angeles, where he juggles two careers - actor
has has appeared in many television comedies besides his three-series turn
in 'Allo 'Allo. He left the show to join another British sitcom,
"We'll Think of Something", in 1986 (though he returned for a guest shot,
reprising his role as Hans Geering, during series 7).
He has also appeared in the TV series
"Porridge", "Haggard" and the recent miniseries "Martin Chuzzlewit", as well
as the film "Blue Ice." He also worked with another AA star, Kenneth
Connor, in the films Carry On
Dick and Carry On
Behind in 1974-5.
Kim started her career as an assistant stage manager at the Belgrade
Theater in Coventry, where she first met author and producer
David Croft. After graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy,
she worked in a variety of theaters around the country, and has worked
in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, and the USA.
In 1990, Quinton Arts (the production company formed by herself
and her husband John Nolan) mounted a successful production of Aladdin,
starring Kim and two other 'Allo 'Allo actors: Sue Hodge and
Kim lives in Cotswold with her husband, her children Tom and Miranda,
two Springer spaniels and two cats.
began his acting career at age 16 and before leaving school, he had played
Apollo in the BBC serial Tom Brown's Schooldays. Later, he co-starred
in The Coral Island, The Gates of Eden, The Children of the New
Forest and as the title character of Park Ranger. Known as the
cast's practical joker, in real life he is nearly the opposite of the
straight-laced Herr Flick; it appears probable that Gibson orchestrated the
mass appearance of much of the 'Allo 'Allo cast in the crowd scenes for an
episode of EastEnders. Since leaving the show, he has appeared in the
television miniseries "Trade Winds."
Kenneth Connor (1916-1993)
After co-starring in 16 of the 25 "Carry On" films (including the first,
Carry On Sergeant), Kenneth was no stranger to vulgar suggestiveness. He
also appeared in more sophisticated comedies, such as the Beatles' A
Hard Day's Night, The Magic Christian, and Cuckoo Patrol and
other popular television series like "Hi-de-Hi", "Blackadder the Third",
"You Rang M'Lord", "On The House" and "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes."
He passed away a year after the final episode of 'Allo 'Allo.
Born in Rugby, Warwickshire, Bostrom is the holder of a BA (Hons) degree
from Durham University, and appeared in the world premiere of Ray Cooney's
hit farce Run For Your Wife in Guildford, UK, and was recently on stage at
the New Theater in a 1995 production The Wizard of Oz.
His television credits include the Croft comedy "Hi De Hi", The
Crystal Cube, Just Good Friends, Fothergill, and the role of
George Bartlett in "Miss Marple- the Body in the Library". Mr.
Bostrom also maintains his
own web site, complete with a biography and photos.
replacing Sam Kelly in 'Allo 'Allo, Richards played Lucius
in a televised version of "Titus Andronicus", and directed and starred
in Dario Fo's "Accidental Death of an Anarchist", for his own
Belt and Braces Roadshow Company.
For the past 15 years, 4'9" Sue Hodge's credits have included
musicals (among them Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show),
cabarets, straight plays and several recordings. Like Gorden Kaye, she
appeared in the Terry Gilliam film "Brazil" - as a 'Force of Darkness'.
After a recurring role as Miss Thorpe in the Lloyd/Croft comedy Are You Being Served?, she appeared as the receptionist in the famous film farce "The Strange Case of the End of Civilisation As We Know It" before returning to work with Lloyd and Croft on their new series, 'Allo 'Allo.
Along with his recurring role as General Von Flockenstuffen in 'Allo 'Allo,
Morley plays "Reg Holdsworth" in the popular series "Coronation Street."
Many thanks to all the wonderful folks, both here
in the U.S. and overseas, who helped with information, corrections,
distribution, and more for this guide:
- Vertical Hold fanzine
- "A Fan From Finland"
- Anthony Brown
- Stephen Dawson
- Damir Dukich
- Shelly Freauf
- Jerry Grefenstette
- Don Hearth
- Roger Hinkle
- Jari Hovatov
- Andrew Hyde
- Ralph G. Johnson
- James Kew
- Moray Nichols
- Marc Ostfield
- Murray Park
- Mark Passmore
- Jeff Peck
- Joseph C. Potts
- Robin S.
- Guy Siner
- Michael Swift
- Louise Tirrell
- Cornelis van Steenbergen
- Mark Watson
- W.A. Weller
- Keith Wickham
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