John Inman

Frederick John Inman (28 June 1935 – 8 March 2007) was an English actor and singer best known for his role as [[Mr. Humphries]] in Are You Being Served?, a British sitcom between 1972 and 1985. He was also well known in the United Kingdom as a pantomime dame. Born in 1935, Inman made his stage debut aged 13. He worked in retail in London as a young adult and after four years left to earn his Equity Card. He made his West End debut in the 1960s, and his television debut in an episode of A Slight Case of … entitled The Enemy Within in 1965, next appearing in an episode of Two in Clover in 1970. After a successful pilot of Are You Being Served?, Inman played the camp Mr. Humphries in the sitcom from 1972 to 1985. This role made him a household name and won him awards, including BBC TV Personality of the Year. In his later years, Inman became a well known pantomime dame. He died of hepatitis in 2007, aged 71.

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