John Le Mesurier

John Le Mesurier (born John Charles Elton Le Mesurier De Somerys Halliley; 5 April 1912 – 15 November 1983

When John  played in the, Dad’s Army : The Stage Show, February – August 1976 at the Alhambra he stayed in the Midland Hotel.

He is most famous for his role as Sergeant Arthur Wilson on the popular 1970s BBC comedy Dad’s Army.

By the time World War II broke out, he was already an established repertory player. In 1939 he married actress June Melville, but the couple parted in 1947. Notching up numerous small film parts, he then wed Hattie Jacques in 1949, whom he met while visiting the Players Theatre in Villiers Street, near Charing Cross, London.

Roles in the radio series of Hancock’s Half Hour established him as a fine comic perfomer, and so it was unsurprising when he was later cast in TV shows.

Le Mesurier parted with Hattie Jacques in 1965, only to marry Joan Malin that same year.

In 1968, he took on his most famous role, as the upper-class Sergeant Arthur Wilson in the ever-popular Dad’s Army.

Le Mesurier died in 1983, after having taken out a self-penned notice in the Times declaring he’d “conked out”.

New generations enjoy his performances in Dad’s Army to this day.