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Mr Humphries, are you free?


 Sad to hear John Inman died this Morning!!

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Re: Mr Humphries, are you free?


I'll get word to Clutch Cargo and Sky King. You tell Penny Cartwright and Lumpy Rutherford.

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Re: Mr Humphries, are you free?


Mar 9, 2007 9:43 AM
John Inman (1935-2007)


Frederick John Inman (28 June 1935 – 8 March 2007) was an English actor who is best remembered for his role as Mr. Humphries in the British sitcom Are You Being Served?

Inman was born in 1935 in Preston, Lancashire, and was a cousin of actress Josephine Tewson. At the age of 12, Inman moved with his parents to Blackpool where his mother ran a boarding house, while his father owned a hairdressing business. Inman always wanted to be an actor, and his parents paid for him to have elocution lessons at the local church hall. At the age of 13 he made his stage debut on Blackpool's South Pier.

After leaving school, Inman worked for a gentleman's outfitters in Blackpool and then joined Austin Reed in London. He later left Austin Reed to become a scenic artist at a theatre in Crewe so that he could earn his Equity Card. Inman made his West End debut in the 1960s when he appeared in Ann Veronica.

Inman made his television debut in the sitcom Two In Clover in 1970. In 1972, David Croft asked him to play a part in a Comedy Playhouse pilot called Are You Being Served?. Following the pilot of Are You Being Served?, the first series was broadcast in 1973. Inman played the camp Mr. Wilberforce Claybourne Humphries, whose catch phrase "I'm free!" soon entered popular culture. Although the catch phrase and the character were popular, Inman came under attack by some gay rights groups for what they perceived to be his stereotypical portrayal of a homosexual. However, both Inman and David Croft stated that the character was "just a mother's boy" and his sexual orientation was never explicitly stated.

Are You Being Served? ran for ten series until it finished in 1985. Inman's portrayal of Mr. Humphries won him the BBC TV Personality of the Year in 1976 and he was voted the funniest man on television by TV Times readers. From 1980 to 1981, Inman also played Mr Humphries in the Australian version of Are You Being Served?. In 1992, five of the Are You Being Served? cast, including Inman, reunited in character for the sitcom Grace & Favour, which ran for twelve episodes until 1993.

During the 13-year run of Are You Being Served?, Inman also appeared in Take a Letter, Mr. Jones, a 1981 sitcom where Inman played Graham Jones, who is secretary to Rula Lenska's character Joan Warner, and Odd Man Out, a 1977 sitcom. In 1989, he made a cameo appearance in the film The Tall Guy and in 1999 appeared in French & Saunders. Inman also toured with his own shows.

After the end of Are You Being Served?, Inman became one of the nation's best known pantomime dames and appeared in over 40 pantomime productions across Britain. In 2004, Inman made additional television appearances in Doctors and Revolver. On 23 December 2005, Inman entered in a civil partnership at Westminster Register Office with his partner of 35 years, Ron Lynch.

In 2001, Inman was admitted to Paddington's St Mary's Hospital after suffering breathing difficulties and spent three days in intensive care. In December 2004, Inman was forced to cancel an appearance in a pantomime as he was suffering from the Hepatitis A infection. Following this, he never worked again.

Inman died early in the morning of 8 March 2007, aged 71, in St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington. He will be sadly missed.


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Thats a bummer. I love 'Are You Being Seved'. I still watch it on the BBC channel.

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 Do you come out of the closet to watch his dainty character? I still have not came out of the closet yet!

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