In the latest edition of Word magazine, Rob Brydon said he always wanted to be Peter Sellers, but later started to worry that maybe he wasn’t going to reach such heights and instead be ROY KINNEAR, which was a decent enough job but not quite so glamorous.
It’s nothing to be sniffed at, of course, as television has long benefited from the unsung work of Roy Kinnear types, and the very best Roy Kinnear of all was, well, Roy Kinnear himself.
Certainly the likeable character actor was never less than excellent in supporting roles in virtually every classic comedy of the seventies and eighties, with jobs in the likes of Till Death Us Do Part, George and Mildred and Ripping Yarns, and alongside Dick Emery.
His starring roles were perhaps less memorable, including playing a greengrocer in long forgotten BBC1 sitcom No Appointment Necessary and the weird Roy Clarke-penned The Clairvoyant, but he gave his usual impeccable performance as the world-weary middle-aged man, expertly delivering the dialogue to the finest comic effect.
He also appeared as himself a few times as well, most obviously early in his career on That Was The Week That Was but also a number of appearance on Blankety Blank where he was a regular residence in the top left pissed-off-middle-aged-man chair and was great at the banter with Wogan and Dawson:
Kinnear’s last starring role, however, was the most notorious, as he was the headmaster at Hardwicke House, the mythical ITV sitcom that was abandoned after two shows as the public couldn’t handle it, something that very much upset Kinnear as he was very proud of the show. Sadly it was to be his last major role as in 1988 he died on the set of The Return of The Musketeers, but happily his work lives on as he was in absolutely every show on telly, and though he never really got the big breaks, he was always worth watching.
THE DEFINING ROLE: The epitome of the middle-aged, middle-class man was surely best served in the ultimate middle-aged, middle-class sitcom George and Mildred, where he regularly appearance alongside his old mate Brian Murphy.