Ian Lavender

About Ian Lavender

Who is it?: Actor, Soundtrack
Birth Day: February 16, 1946
Birth Place:  Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1967–present
Spouse(s): Suzanne Kerchiss (1967–1976) (divorced) Miki Hardy (1993–present)
Children: 2

Ian Lavender

Ian Lavender was born on February 16, 1946 in  Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, is Actor, Soundtrack. Ian Lavender attended Bournville Technical College in the West Midlands and then studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He graduated in 1967. Acting on the stage at Canterbury followed and his first television work was the ATV play "Flowers At My Feet" in 1968. He then became the youngest cast member of Dad's Army (1968), working with veterans Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and John Laurie.Much of Lavender's subsequent television work came in the form of comedy roles. He is also an accomplished stage actor though, having performed in repertory and at the West End. He loves cricket, golf and gardening.
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Popular As Ian Lavender
Occupation Actor
Age 74 years old
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born February 16, 1946 ( Birmingham, England, United Kingdom)
Birthday February 16
Town/City  Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Nationality United Kingdom

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Arthur Ian Lavender was born in Birmingham, England. He attended Bournville Boys Technical School (later Bournville Grammar-Technical School for Boys) where he appeared in many school dramatic productions. From there he went to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, with the assistance of a grant from the City of Birmingham. He quickly made his mark as a talented young actor and following his graduation in 1967 appeared on stage in Canterbury.


In 1968, aged 22, Lavender was cast as Private Pike, the youngest member and 'stupid boy' of the platoon in the BBC sitcom Dad's Army. This made him a household name and gave him the great advantage of working alongside a number of experienced actors during his formative years, helping him to hone his acting skills. He appeared in the entire run of the series, and in the spinoff film released in 1971. He appeared in 1974 in one episode of Man About the House (While The Cat's Away) as Mark.


After Dad's Army, Lavender returned to the theatre, including a role in a production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice starring Dustin Hoffman. Between 1971 and 1973 Lavender joined Dad's Army colleague Arthur Lowe on the BBC radio comedy Parsley Sidings. He also appeared in films and television series, one of which (Mr Big, 1977) featured him starring alongside Peter Jones and Prunella Scales. During the 1970s he appeared as a supporting actor in a number of British 'low farce' films, including one Carry On film - Carry On Behind (1975).


He was reunited with Producer David Croft for the television series Come Back Mrs. Noah (1977–78, co-written by Croft with Jeremy Lloyd), though it was unsuccessful. A revival of The Glums (1978–79), at first as part of a Bruce Forsyth variety series, proved rather more satisfactory, being adapted from scripts for the 1950s radio series Take It From Here that were written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden.


Lavender then appeared in several other TV comedy shows during the 1980s, including two episodes of Yes Minister, as Dr Richard Cartwright, and a lead role in the short-lived The Hello Goodbye Man (1984), as the inept salesman Denis Ailing. He also appeared on ITV's television game show Cluedo (1990), based on the board game. During the 1990s Lavender continued to appear occasionally in television comedy roles including a bit-part as a burglar alarm salesman in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. He made an appearance in Goodnight Sweetheart as two different parallel universe versions of the time-travelling lead character's son Michael. He also provided the lead voice of BBC children's animation PC Pinkerton in 1988.


In 1983, he revived the role of Private Pike in the BBC Radio sitcom It Sticks Out Half a Mile. The sitcom was a radio sequel to Dad's Army, but ran for only one series. Lavender has continued to be associated with Dad's Army, and still takes part in occasional fan conventions and cast reunions. He made a variety of appearances during 2008 in connection with the 40th anniversary of the series. These included a reunion with surviving cast members in July, 2008, and an appearance on BBC1's Jonathan Ross Salutes Dad's Army in August.


Lavender was first married to Actress Sue Kerchiss. He married his second wife, the American Miki Hardy, three years his senior, six days after his bladder cancer was diagnosed in 1993. Lavender said "We had been living together for 16 years and it was something I should have done a long time before, these things change you, they help you to see what is important in life." The bladder tumour was operated on successfully, and though Lavender has regular check-ups, doctors are confident the cancer will not return. Lavender also survived a heart attack in the summer of 2004.


Lavender then toured with The Rocky Horror Show musical, playing the Narrator. He also played the part of a patient in the 5 May 2007 episode of Casualty on BBC. In late 2007, he toured in the comedy play Donkey's Years. In May 2008, Lavender appeared in the BBC documentary series Comedy Map of Britain. He also appeared on BBC One's The One Show on Thursday 31 July 2008.


Over Christmas 2008, Lavender appeared in Celebrity Mastermind on BBC One. As presenter John Humphrys asked his name, fellow contestant Rick Wakeman shouted 'Don't tell him, Pike!', a reference to Captain Mainwaring's most famous line from Dad's Army. At the start of 2009, Lavender appeared as a guest character in an episode of the CBBC sitcom, The Legend of Dick and Dom. Lavender starred in the film, 31 North 62 East (released September 2009), an independent psychological thriller starring John Rhys-Davies, Marina Sirtis, Heather Peace and Craig Fairbrass.


Lavender appeared as Monsignor Howard in the West End theatre production of Sister Act the Musical. The musical opened at the London Palladium on 2 June 2009, and ran through to October 2010. In January 2011, Lavender appeared at the Slapstick Silent Comedy Festival in Bristol. Lavender introduced Sherlock, Jr., a 1924 silent film directed by and starring Buster Keaton.


In early 2013, Lavender appeared as The Mikado in three concert performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, taking place in The Royal Festival Hall, London, the Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. In August 2013 he made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in a stage version of The Shawshank Redemption.


In November 2014, Lavender made a cameo appearance in the film remake Dad's Army directed by Oliver Parker, released in February 2016. In February 2015 he was a recipient of one of The Oldie magazine's "Oldie of the Year Awards" - specifically the "Stupid Oldie Boy of the Year".


Lavender grew up supporting Aston Villa. When filming began on Dad's Army he was allowed to choose Pike's scarf from an array in the BBC wardrobe, he chose a claret and blue scarf to remind him of favourite club. He is a big cricket fan. On 22 June 2015, Lavender was awarded a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars.


In 2001 Lavender joined the BBC soap opera EastEnders, playing the role of Derek Harkinson, a gay friend of Pauline Fowler. He continued in EastEnders for four years, with storylines mainly involving the Fowler family, before leaving the serial in 2005. On 4 November 2016, it was announced that Lavender would make a brief return to the show.


In 2017 Lavender appeared alongside Rula Lenska, 70, Think Of A Number host Johnny Ball, 79, TV presenter Judith Chalmers, 81, and Green Goddess fitness guru Diana Moran, 78, on new reality show A Celebrity Taste Of Italy on the UK's Channel 5. During filming he fell ill and spent some time in an Italian hospital before returning to the UK to recuperate.

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