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Timothy Bateson
Born 3rd April 1926
Died 16th September 2009 (aged 83)
First appearance The Man and the Hour (radio)
Last appearance When Did You Last See Your Money (radio)
Series 1 and 2 (radio)
Episode count 5 (radio)

Timothy Bateson (3rd April 1926 – 16th September 2009) played various characters in the radio series of Dad's Army.


Early life and career[]

Timothy Dingwall Bateson was born in London. He first studied history at Oxford, but he was more engrossed with the world of acting and appearing in many of the university's plays, which then got him a part in one film about Nicholas Nickleby and other with Peter Ustinov. Because of all this, Timothy had barely any time to revise of his history course and so he failed his final exam.

Early acting career[]

Abandoning his early plans to become a teacher, Timothy continued to focus on acting and spent five years at the Old Vic. His profession covered all areas of acting; he appeared in over fifty films, many different telelvision and shows shows and did a lot of voice work for the radio.

Dad's Army[]

Timothy had been another of the many other actors considered to play Corporal Jones in the television series before they finally decided on Clive Dunn. He later appeared in a few episodes of the radio series, voicing various characters in the places of those who played them in the television versions. He was best remember for playing Mr. Blewitt in two episodes, even though in one episode the part was given to his performer of the television version, Harold Bennett.

He later also appeard in original pilot of the radio spin-off series of Dad's ArmyIt Sticks Out Half a Mile.

Other acting work and later career[]

Timothy is iconically remembered for voicing various characters in the 1980's children's television show TUGS and also appeared in one episode of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's other sitcom Hi-de-Hi!

Final years and death[]

Timothy Bateson's final acting role was as Kreacher the House Elf in the film and video game versions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. After he died two years later on September 16th, 2009 at the age of 83, the part of Kreacher was given to Simon McBurney for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.


  • He and Michael Gambon both appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.