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Letter from Arthur Lowe

Arthur Lowe begins his acting career.

BBC ARCHIVE
WRITTEN DOCUMENT 1948


January 14 / 48

Dear Mr Iliff,

My agent, Gordon Harbord has advised me to apply to you for an audition.

Previous broadcasting experience includes work with the Forces Broadcasting Unit,
and the Egyptian State Broadcasting Company during the war, and Northern
Children's Hour for Mac Macdonald since the war.

My last stage engagement was a year's repertory season with Derek Salberg which
terminated on December 6 /8 '47 and I am to do some filming at Pinewood in
February. Character acting is my line of country - all dialects any age.

Will you please communicate either through the above address or through Gordon
Harbord, 56, St Martin's Lane.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur Lowe.

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Document Type | Letter

14 January 1948

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1948

Synopsis

This letter to BBC producer Noel Iliff provides a potted summary of Arthur Lowe's career to that date. It is one of about 25 near-identical hand-written letters that he sent to BBC producers at the time, marking a concerted effort to get his big break at the BBC.

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Arthur Lowe made his professional acting debut in 1945 at the Hulme Hippodrome repertory theatre in Manchester. By 1968, he was best known for playing the character Leonard Swindley in the ITV soap opera 'Coronation Street'. As a consequence, when he was being considered for the leading role of Captain Mainwaring in 'Dad's Army', some people thought he might be too 'ITV' for the show. Nevertheless, Mainwaring became Arthur Lowe's most famous role by far.

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