Sunday, 5 June 2011

Donald Hewlett 1922-2011

Donald Hewlett with Jeffrey Holland
at a Dad's Army event in 2008
Photo: Andy Howells
The actor Donald Hewlett, best known for his role as Colonel Charles Reynolds in It Ain't Half Hot Mum has died at the age of 88. He had been ill for some time.

Hewlett was a veteran of the British movie and television industry appearing in films such as Orders Are Orders and Adolf Hitler - My Part In His Downfall as well as roles in TV shows such as The Avengers, Dad's Army, and the 1971 Doctor Who adventure The Claws Of Axos.

His role as pompous Colonel Reynolds in Jimmy Perry and David Croft's It Ain't Half Hot Mum opposite Michael Knowles silly ass Captain Ashwood was a brilliant teaming of comedy talents.

Both actors styles complimented each other so brilliantly they were cast again in a further sitcom by Perry and Croft You Rang M'Lord and featured as the two lead stars in Wally K Daly's radio sit-com Anything Legal.

I had the pleasure of meeting Donald in 2008 at the 40th anniversary of the Dad's Army series held at the Imperial War Museum in London.

He came across as a very pleasant man and it was a pleasure to meet some one whose appearances on TV have given so much pleasure to people and no doubt will continue to do so for generations to come.

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