John Inman, Mr. Humphries from “Are You Being Served?,” Has Died

One of Britain’s best-known TV comedians has died: John Inman, seen right here on BBC AMERICA as Mr. Humphries on Are You Being Served?, died in London at age 71 after a long battle with hepatitis A. The BBC has a lovely tribute, including quotes from co-stars Wendy Richard (Miss Shirley Brahms), Trevor Bannister (Mr. Lucas), Mike Berry (Mr. Spooner), and Mollie Sugden (Mrs. Slocombe). After his stint on AYBS?, he made a name for himself as a pantomime dame. Inman was openly gay and is survived by his life partner, Ron Lynch.

John Inman in BBC’s Guide to Comedy

Lots of great articles about John Inman here.

Article: Was Mr. Humphries homosexual?

Article from The Daily Telegraph

The BBC’s photo gallery of John Inman

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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