He portrayed the role of Captain Peacock on the British sitcom Are You Being Served? His role as Truly in Las of the Summer Wine brought him additional fame.
He first appeared in the film Radio Cab Murder in 1954.
He appeared in the BBC production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
He married Beryl Jane Margaret Evans on June 5, 1945. They had one daughter together.
He was in the comedy drama film, Gosford Park, alongside Alan Bates.