Lance Percival appeared in a number of BBC shows including The Mate Market
Actor Lance Percival, who starred in British hit comedy in Up Pompeii, has died at the age of 81.
Among his notable film roles were Carry On Cruising, Postman’s Knock and Darling Lili.
On TV, he appeared in the late ’70s series Shoestring and Citizen James. He also provided the voice for both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in the 1960s cartoon The Beatles.
Born John Lancelot Blades, he died on 6 January following a long illness.
His TV career began performing satirical calypso songs on comedy shows such as the That Was The Week That Was.
He was later given his own series, The Lance Percival Show and Lance at Large, a 1964 sitcom which also featured Bernard Bresslaw, Gladys Bacon and Eric Barker.
His love of calypso music also saw him release a cover version of Shame and Scandal (in the Family), which reached number 37 in the UK charts in 1965.
The Lance Percival Show ran in the mid-1960s
In the 1971 film version of Up Pompeii, which followed on from Frankie Howerd’s TV series, Percival starred as Bilius. He also appeared in the sequels, Up the Chastity Belt and Up the Front, which moved the action to World War One.
Later roles included a stint in the shortlived 1989 BBC children’s drama Bluebirds, which also starred Barbara Windsor and a young Martine McCutcheon.
His funeral will be held on 20 January at Putney Vale Crematorium.
Lance Percival appeared with Barbara Windsor in children’s show Bluebirds in 1989
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Source:: BBC Entertainment