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Old Bromsgrovian and veteran actor Ian Carmichael has died

The School was saddened to hear of the passing of one of its most distinguished and well-known Old Bromsgrovians; veteran actor Ian Carmichael (Gordon 1933-1938) died peacefully on Friday (5th February 2010) at his home in the Esk Valley on the North Yorkshire Moors. We send condolences to his widow, novelist Kate Fenton, and his family.

The star of film, television and radio from the 1950s to the 1970s, he made his name in films for the Boulting Brothers including ‘Private's Progress’, ‘School for Scoundrel’ (with a great British script and cast which included Hattie Jacques, John Le Mesurier, Terry Thomas and Alastair Sim) ),’ I'm All Right Jack’ alongside Peter Sellers and ‘Brothers in Law’ with Richard Attenborough. He was also very popular on television as Bertie Wooster and Lord Peter Wimsey in PG Wodehouse and DL Sayers novels. Actress Anne Reid said ‘He belonged to an age of elegance.’ Over the past few years he appeared in ITV’s ‘The Royal’ with several episodes to be broadcast this year.

There is a wonderful photograph of Ian Carmichael in the CCF band in the ‘Bromsgrovian’ of 1938; in 1993 he returned to read two Betjeman poems at our Tercentenary Concert in Symphony Hall. Only last December he wished the Cast well in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and his message appeared in the programme. He confessed to never having acted on stage at School; he was asked to stand in for someone but was sent to bed by Matron with a chill.