Patrick Newell

Patrick David Newell (27 March 1932 – 22 July 1988) was a British actor known for his large size. It is reputed he gained weight as a deliberate attempt to boost his career, marking him out for some niche roles. It has been written that his entry in Who's Who On Television in the late 1970s, Newell described himself as "Actor with a weight problem--the more he diets, the less work he seems to get." His most notable role was as "Mother," the spymaster in The Avengers. He had previously appeared in two earlier Avengers episodes: "The Town of No Return" (Diana Rigg's debut) and "Something Nasty in the Nursery" as a Government official (sometimes suggested as an earlier incarnation of Mother). Other cult television appearances included roles in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), the Doctor Who story The Android Invasion, The Young Ones and Kinvig, and the character of Sutton/Blessington in ITV's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes production of The Adventure of the Resident Patient. In 1980 he played Inspector Lestrade in a Sherlock Holmes TV series made in Poland. He also turned up as a Playboy Bunny in one of the Benny Hill comedy specials.


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