Arnold Ridley

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Arnold Ridley

English playwright and actor, first notable as the author of the play The Ghost Train and later in life for portraying the elderly Private Charles Godfrey in the British sitcom Dad's Army add

Category: Literature

Born in 1896.

Country: United Kingdom (100%)

Main connections: Somerset, Agatha Christie, British Army

Linked to: University of Bristol, British Army, Freemasonry, Category:Alumni of the University of Bristol




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Arnold Ridley was born in 1896 add something


Ridley was a student teacher and had made his theatrical debut in "Prunella" at the Theatre Royal, Bristol when he volunteered for British Army service in August 1914 add something


He was rejected due to a toe injury, but in 1915 was able to enlist as a private in the Somerset Light Infantry add something


After his medical discharge in 1916 he went into acting add something


In 1918, he joined Birmingham Repertory Theatre, staying for two years and playing 40 parts, before moving on to Plymouth, where he eventually had a break from the stage when his war injuries began to trouble him add something


The Ghost Train was first filmed in 1931 and again filmed in 1941 when it starred Arthur Askey add something


Having unsuccessfully attempted to establish a film company between the wars, Ridley rejoined the army in 1939 with the rank of Major add something


During his time in military service in the Second World War he adapted the Agatha Christie novel "Peril at End House" into a West End play that premiered in 1940 add something


He played Doughy Hood, the village baker in the radio soap "The Archers" in the 1960s add something


He continued to appear into his eighties and when 86 was appointed an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List of 1982, for services to the theatre add something


Arnold Ridley died in hospital in Northwood in 1984 at the age of 88 after falling at his residence in Denville Hall, a home for retired actors add something

Arnold Ridley died in 1984 add something