Sid James

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Date of Birth May 8, 1913
Place of Birth Hillbrow, South Africa
Date of Death Apr 26, 1976 (62)
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Sid James

Sidney James was a British character and comic actor born into a Jewish family in South Africa. Appearing in British films from 1947, he was cast in numerous small and supporting roles into the 1950s. In 1951 he starred alongside Alec Guinness in The Lavender Hill Mob, ranked 17th out of the 100 best British films by the British Film Institute. His profile was raised as Tony Hancock's co-star in Hancock's Half Hour, first in the radio series and later when it was adapted for television and ran from 1954 to 1960. Afterwards, he became known as a regular performer in the Carry On films, appearing in nineteen films of the series, with the top billing role in 17. Meanwhile, his starring roles in television sitcoms continued for the rest of his life. He starred alongside Diana Coupland in the 1970s sitcom Bless This House until his death in 1976.

Birth name: Solomon Joel Cohen
Born: May 8, 1913, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
Died: April 26, 1976, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Nationality: South African, British
Children: 4, including Reina
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About Sid James

Radio and screen comedian who was Tony Hancock's co-star in Hancock's Half Hour, which ran on television from 1956 to 1960. He also starred in the shows Two In Clover and Bless this House.

Before Fame

He claimed he was a boxer in his younger days, though it was more likely he worked in the profession he trained in: hairdresser.


His characters in nearly 20 Carry On films, a sequence of 31 low-budget British comedy motion pictures produced between 1958 and 1992, were typically sly, wise-cracking, and lecherous.

Family Life

He married three times, and he had three children.


He had a high-profile affair with Barbara Windsor, his Carry On co-star.

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