David Spenser - Radio, Television and Films Aug 13, 2013 23:21:14 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Aug 13, 2013 23:21:14 GMT 1
Sri Lankan born British actor David Spenser's career had begun at the age of 11 when he appeared in plays on BBC Radio’s Children’s Hour. Four years later (in 1949), he was cast as William Brown, the scruffy leader of a gang of boys who were forever landing themselves in trouble in a radio adaptation of Richmal Crompton’s Just William stories. In 1952, Spenser moved to television to play an Indian prince, Hurree Jamset Ram Singh, one of Billy Bunter’s classmates in Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School. After that, he was seen regularly on television. His appearances included Armchair Theatre (1961), No Hiding Place (1962), Z Cars (1964), Dixon of Dock Green (1965), The Saint (1966) and playing a young warrior monk, Thonmi, in six episodes of the Doctor Who story 'The Abominable Snowmen'(1967) alongside Patrick Troughton.
The following year, he made a relatively rare film appearance as the servant of Bernard Bresslaw’s tribal chief, Bungdit Din, in the 16th Carry On film, Carry On Up the Khyber. Spenser went on to work as a radio producer making plays for the BBC that included Mr Norris Changes Trains (1984), based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel, and an adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s The Way We Live Now (1988). In 1991, he directed two documentaries about Benny Hill.
Concentrating on his radio work, the former head of BBC Radio Drama, John Tydeman, described him as “a marvellous radio actor with a very distinctive voice”. David Spenser, who was born David De Saram, in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) on March 12, 1934, died in Spain on July 20 at age of 79. He is survived by his brother, and by his partner Victor Pemberton.