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LGBT People Of History Part Ninety Eight John Inman

Updated on May 10, 2012
John Inman as Mr Humphries in Are You Being Served
John Inman as Mr Humphries in Are You Being Served | Source

John Inman

John Inman was a legend in both Britain and America. He is still remembered today and much celebrated for his role as the camp Mr Humphries in the television show ‘Are You Being Served.’


Frederick John Inman was born in Preston, Lancashire on 28th June 1935. He was a cousin of the actress Josephine Tewson, he moved to Blackpool with his parents when he was 12years old. His mother ran a boarding house and his father ran a hairdressing business.


He was educated at Claridge House in Preston and then a secondary modern school. He had dreamt of being an actor and had elocution lessons at the church hall. At 13 he made his debut in the Pavilion in Blackpool in the melodrama ‘Freda’.


At 15 he worked in the Pavilion cleaning up, tidying and making cups of tea whilst also appearing in many plays.


After leaving school John went into retail as a career working in Blackpool first and then in London for ‘Austin Reed’ in Regent Street.


He later left retail to become a scenic artist, making his West end debut in the 1960s where he appeared in ‘Ann Veronica’ at the Cambridge Theatre.


Later John established himself as a pantomime dame, where he often appeared as one of the ugly sisters.


It was in 1970 that he made his television Debut in ‘Two in Clover’. It was when David Croft asked John to play a small part in the television pilot ‘Are You Being Served’ in 1972 that everything was about to change for John.


The series gave John instant fame playing the camp Mr Humphries, running for ten series until 1985 and made John a household name.


John was homosexual and lived with his partner, Ron Lynch, for more than 30yrs and in 2005 when civil partnerships were made legal in the United Kingdom the two married in Westminster Registry Office the same December.


In 2004 John contracted Hepatitis A from contaminated food and battled the infection. Sadly the infection caused John to give up working and eventually suffered from complications of the infection most of his later life.


In the early morning of March the 8th 2007 John died. He was only 71 years old.

Callum & Ian

With Thanks To Wikipedia.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      He was in his element in 'Are you being served?' - the whole cast was perfect - they don't make em like that any more!

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I have to admit I love Mr Humphries x

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Another great one guys! I am always learning when I visit you! Voted up!

    • alian346 profile image

      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thank you Dexter - we have 6 new ones!

      And a biggie for #100 - coming soon.

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thanks Dexter x

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