Saturday, February 6, 2010

Ian Carmichael: R.I.P.

British actor Ian Carmichael who starred as Lord Peter Wimsey on the BBC mystery series died yesterday at his home in the Esk Valley on the North York Moors. He was 89.

He made his name in films for the Boulting Brothers including Private's Progress (1956), Brothers in Law (1957) and I'm All Right Jack (1959). During the 1960s and 1970s, he was successful in parts where he was cast as a loveable buffoon.

On television, his role as Bertie Wooster in BBC drama series The World of Wooster was particularly popular with audiences. This was followed by another well-watched role as Lord Peter Wimsey in several of the BBC drama series based on the mystery novels by Dorothy L Sayers.

Ian Carmichael was awarded an OBE in 2003.

Read Obits HERE and HERE


vallerose said...

Very sad. Ian was perfect as Peter Wimsey, even though he looked nothing like the character. But he captured the spirit and accent of Peter. "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club" is still one of my favorite programs.
I'm All Right Jack is a classic Boulting Brothers comedy.Still holds up today.

Janet Rudolph said...

You're so right. I just saw All Right Jack again a few weeks ago. Very sad that he's gone.

Deadly Letters GTA said...

Sad to lose one of the icons and a representative of a well-loved character.

Katherine Hall Page said...

He was one of my favorite actors and this is sad news. I always liked his Bertie, although the series with Hugh Laurie is probably more familiar to most people.
And, of course, no one else could ever have played Peter Wimsey so sublimely.