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George Layton (born George Lowy, 2 March 1943 in Bradfordmarker, Yorkshiremarker, Englandmarker) is an Englishmarker actor, director, screenwriter and author. He was educated at Belle Vue Grammar School in Bradford and later studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where he won the Emile Littler award. He went on to leading parts at Coventry and Nottingham and appeared on Broadway in Chips With Everything. He also appeared in an Australian production called Funny Peculiar.

He is best known for two television roles: that of Dr Paul Collier in the comedy series Doctor in the House and its first two sequels Doctor at Large and Doctor In Charge, and that of Bombardier Solomons in early episodes of It Ain't Half Hot Mum.

Television

His early television work includes Swizzlewick, Enter Solly Gold, United!, Thirty-Minute Theatre, Detective, What's In It For Me? and Lay Down Your Arms. He also made guest appearances in many classic British series, including The Likely Lads, Z Cars, The Liver Birds, The Sweeney, and played the lead in Len and the River Mob. In 1969, he played a small role in the Doctor Who story The Space Pirates.

Later that year, he made his debut as boisterous medical student Paul Collier in Doctor in the House. As well as continuing to star in the series and its sequels, in 1971 he began to co-write episodes with former co-star Jonathan Lynn, the first under the pseudonym Oliver Fry to conceal the new writer's identity from his fellow cast members.

At the end of the Doctor In Charge series in 1973, he left the show (although he stayed on as a writer), and the following year he appeared in the first of two series of It Ain't Half Hot Mum as Bombardier 'Solly' Solomons. He then joined forces with Jonathan Lynn once again to co-write and co-star in another sitcom My Brother's Keeper.

Layton was also one of the main presenters on the original series of That's Life!, hosted by Esther Rantzen.

His other television writing credits with Jonathan Lynn include episodes of On The Buses, Nearest and Dearest, Romany Jones and My Name Is Harry Worth.

In the mid-1970s, he and Lynn began to write separately, and Layton became a regular writer of Robin's Nest, in which he also played a guest character. Following this, he created and wrote every episode of the very popular sitcoms Don't Wait Up starring Nigel Havers and Tony Britton and Executive Stress with Geoffrey Palmer and Penelope Keith. In 1990, Don't Wait Up won the Television and Radio Industries Club's ‘Best Comedy Series’ award.

Throughout the 1980s, as well as playing a recurring character in the hit comedy-drama Minder, he provided voices for the children's cartoons Pigeon Street and Joshua Jones, and was the voice behind Sydney, a character in a tremendously popular and long-running advertising campaign for Tetley tea.

After a brief return to the role of Paul Collier in 1991's Doctor At The Top, he starred in the hit comedy-drama series Sunburn (1999-2000), playing Alan Brooks, area manager of Janus Holidays in Cyprus. His most recent acting appearances have been in Doctors and Holby City. In 2006, he made five appearances in Dictionary Corner on the game show Countdown and made a guest appearance in an episode of Heartbeat.

On 18 January 1999, George Layton was the subject of This is Your Life.George's less well-known voiceover work includes TV commercials for various financial products, and narration of promotional videos for property speculators Inside Track.George is an avid Bradford City fan.

Television roles

Year Title Role
1969 to 1973
1991
Doctor in the House
Doctor at Large
Doctor in Charge
Doctor at the Top


Dr Paul Collier
1974 to 1975 It Ain't Half Hot Mum Bombardier 'Solly' Solomons


Filmography



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Author

George Layton has written three books of fictional short stories, entitled "The Fib and Other Stories" , "The Swap and Other Stories" and "The Trick and Other Stories". The tales describe family life in the North of England in the post-WWII era. The books have been part of the National Curriculum in British schools, and film versions are in the work. Myles McDowell quotes Layton's children's book The Balaclava Story as an example of how adults are often mostly absent from children's fiction.

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