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Alan Lake
Born 24 November 1940(1940-11-24)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Died 10 October 1984 (aged 43)
Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–1984
Spouse(s) Diana Dors

Alan Lake (24 November 1940 - 10 October 1984) was a British actor, best known as the third husband of Diana Dors.



Lake was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire on 24 November 1940.[1][2] He studied acting at RADA,[2] and began to work in television roles in 1964.

He is best known as the third husband of the actress Diana Dors, whom he met on the set of the 1968 television series The Inquisitors.[2] He was initially not keen on Dors, his reaction on finding that he would be working with her "Oh no, not Madame Tits and Lips!", but within days they had fallen in love and were married on 23 November 1968.[2] Their stormy marriage produced a son, Jason David, born in 1969. The pair worked together in the early 1970s, on stage in plays such as Three Months Gone, in which Dors received her best critical reviews since Yield to the Night, and they also received an offer to appear together in a TV sitcom, Queenie's Castle.[3] In July 1970 Lake was involved in a pub brawl for which he was sentenced to eighteen months in prison later that year (his friend, the musician Leapy Lee, was sentenced to three years for stabbing the pub's relief manager), although he was released after serving a year.[2][3] Lake was a keen horseman and on his release from prison Dors presented him with a mare named Sapphire; While riding the horse in 1972 he was unseated when the horse ran into the bough of a tree, and broke his back, and for a time it was thought he may spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair; In fact, he recovered and was walking again within three weeks.[2][3] After leaving hospital, unable to work while he recovered, and in severe pain, he began drinking heavily.[3] Dors said of him at this time: "alcohol had unleashed a monster, uncontrollable and frightening".[3] Lake began hallucinating and lapsing into psychotic episodes, but was diverted from drinking after becoming a Roman Catholic, also convincing Dors to follow him in adopting the religion.[2] In 1974 Dors was rushed to hospital suffering from meningitis, and Lake was told that she might not survive the night, causing him to faint.[3] In 1975, within months of her illness, Dors became pregnant at the age of 43 with their second child and was advised by doctors to have an abortion, but because of her new found religion, and regret at two previous abortions, decided to go ahead with the pregnancy; She miscarried, which led Lake to return to heavy drinking.[2] Lake's once promising acting career was now reduced for the remainder of the 1970s to small parts in low-budget comedy films and television dramas, although he had a significant role as a singer in the Slade vehicle Slade In Flame in 1974. In 1980, the pair separated for a time, although they were reconciled when Lake promised to undergo treatment for his alcoholism.[3] Acting work became less frequent for Lake in the 1980s, and Dors' health began to deteriorate - she was first diagnosed with cancer in 1982. In May 1984, Dors died after a long illness.[2] Alan Lake fell into a depression and on 10 October 1984, after taking their son to the railway station returned to their Sunningdale home and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in their son's bedroom, five months after her death from cancer and sixteen years to the day since they had first met;[2] He was 43.

His roles included Herrick in the Doctor Who story Underworld; and parts in The Avengers, Blake's 7, Juliet Bravo, and Hart To Hart.

A lesser known fact is that he recorded a pop single, "Good Times"/"Got To Have Tenderness" issued in 1969 by Ember Records (EMBS 278).

Acting roles

  • The Midnight Men (1964) ... Policeman
  • Catch Hand - Fifteen-Bob-An-Hour-Men (1964) TV Episode ... Charlie
  • No Hiding Place - Real Class (1964) TV Episode ... Third Player
  • Wear a Very Big Hat (1965) (TV) ... Harry Atkins
  • Cluff ... aka Clough - The Village Constable (1965) TV Episode ... Tod Meller
  • Catch Us If You Can ... aka Having a Wild Weekend (1965) ...Cameraman
  • Stand Up, Nigel Barton ... aka Wednesday Play: Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965) (TV)
  • Sky West and Crooked ... aka Gypsy Girl (1966) ... Camlo
  • Redcap - The Moneylenders (1966) TV Episode ... Lance Corporal Farrington
  • The Saint - Locate and Destroy (1966) TV Episode ... Jacob
  • 13 Against Fate "The Traveller" (1966) BBC TV Drama ... Robert Eloi
  • The Avengers - The House That Jack Built (1966) TV Episode (uncredited) ... Her Majesty's Prison Officer
  • Thirty Minute Theatre - The Wake (1967) TV Episode
  • Charlie Bubbles (1967) ... Airman
  • Dial Rudolph Valentino One One (1967) (TV) ... Con
  • Z-Cars - She's Not Yours, She's Mine: Part 2 (1967) TV Episode ... Speedy
  • Public Eye - It Must Be The Architecture - Can't Be The Climate (1968) TV Episode ... Murchinson
  • Thief (1968) (TV)
  • The Avengers - The Forget-Me-Knot (1968) TV Episode ... Karl
  • A Bit of Crucifixion, Father (1968) (TV) ... Gilbert
  • Dixon of Dock Green - A Quiet Sunday (1968) TV Episode ...Kimber
  • Dixon of Dock Green - No Love Lost (1969) TV Episode ... Keith Proctor
  • The Contenders (1969) (mini) TV Series ... Tom Stocker
  • Department S - Dead Men Die Twice (1969) TV Episode ... The Dandy
  • Freelance (1971) ... Dean
  • Dixon of Dock Green - The Informant (1972) TV Episode ... Dennis Brown
  • Layout for 5 Models (1972) ... Andy
  • Hide and Seek (1972)
  • Every Afternoon (1972) ... Bodyguard
  • The Protectors - See No Evil (1972) ... TV Episode ... Thug
  • The Adventurer - Icons Are Forever (1973) TV Episode ... Carlo
  • Z Cars - Hi-Jack (1973) TV Episode ... Brian Peake
  • Dixon of Dock Green - Knocker (1974) TV Episode ... Jimmy Goddard
  • Percy's Progress (1974) ... Derry Hogan
  • The Amorous Milkman (1974) ... Sandy
  • The Swordsman ... aka Zapper's Sword of Fortune (1974) ... Christiane Duval
  • Softly, Softly ... aka Softly, Softly: Task Force - See What You've Done (1974) TV Episode ... Richard Spencer
  • Slade In Flame (1975) ... Jack Daniels
  • The Sweeney - The Ringer (1975) TV Episode ... Merrick
  • Crown Court - Two in the Mind of One (1975) TV Episode
  • Z-Cars - Tonight and Every Night (1975) TV Episode ... Danny
  • The Office Party (1976) ... Mr Barnes
  • Dixon of Dock Green - Domino (1976) TV Episode ... Ron Mason
  • Angels - Celebration (1976) TV Episode ... Tony
  • Target - Lady Luck (1977) TV Episode ... Swain
  • Z-Cars - Error of Judgement (1977) TV Episode ... Stan
  • The Playbirds (1978) ... Harry Dougan
  • Doctor Who - Underworld (1978) TV Episode ... Herrick
  • Destiny ... aka Play for Today: Destiny (1978) (TV) ... Monty Goodman
  • Hazell - Hazell Settles the Accounts (1978) TV Episode ... Creasey
  • Z-Cars - Driver (1978) TV Episode ... George Armstrong
  • Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (1979) ... David Galaxy
  • Yesterday's Hero (1979) ... Georgie Moore
  • The Black Stuff (1980) (TV) ... Dominic
  • Blake's 7 - The Aftermath (1980) TV Episode ...Chel
  • Rumpole's Return (1980) (TV) ...Meacher
  • Juliet Bravo - Trouble at T'Mill (1980) TV Episode ...Ted Galway
  • The Olympian Way (1981) TV Series
  • Dick Turpin - The Secret Folk (1982) TV Episode ... Zsika
  • The Gentle Touch - Joker (1982) TV Episode ... Malcolm Webster
  • Juliet Bravo - A Breach of the Peace (1982) (TV Episode) ... Tom Tully
  • Hart to Hart - Passing Chance (1983) TV Episode ... Nick
  • Bergerac - Tug of War (1984) TV Episode ... Jack Broughton
  • Juliet Bravo - Work Force (1984) TV Episode ... Grogan
  • Don't Open 'Til Christmas (1984) ... Giles
  • Paint Me a Murder ... aka Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense: Paint Me a Murder (1985) (TV) ... Davey


  1. ^ Alan
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Donnelley, Paul (2003) Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries, Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-0711995123, p. 221-2
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Upton, Julian (2004) Fallen Stars: Tragic Lives and Lost Careers, Critical Vision, ISBN 978-1900486385, p. 33-9

Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema by Simon Sheridan (Reynolds & Hearn Books) (third edition) 2007

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