Arthur Lowe was born on 22 September 1915 in Hayfield, Derbyshire.
Drafted to serve in the Middle East during World War II, he took part in shows staged to entertain the troops and built up a reputation as a character actor. After being demobbed, he made his stage debut at Manchester rep.
He married Joan Cooper in 1948, and continued to work extensively in the theatre, gradually becoming a valued bit-player in numerous British films.
Lowe became a regular TV face in 1960, playing the pompous Leonard Swindley in Coronation Street. The character proved so popular, he graduated to his own sitcom in 1966, Pardon the Expression.
Two years later, Lowe landed his most famous role - Captain George Mainwaring in Dad's Army.
Following the show's demise in 1977, he starred in Bless Me Father, and Eric Syke's 1979 silent film The Plank.
In 1982, he died of a stroke while preparing to go on stage in Birmingham.
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