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Frank Williams
Born Frank J. Williams
2 July 1931 (1931-07-02) (age 78) [1]
Hampstead, London, England
Occupation Comedy actor

Frank Williams (born 2 July 1931) is an English actor with Welsh ancestry.

Williams was educated at Ardingly College. He starred in The Army Game (as Captain Pocket) and as the Vicar (the Reverend Timothy Farthing) in Dad's Army. In 1970, he starred in the short-lived sitcom As Good Cooks Go. In 1972, at the height of his Dad's Army fame, he made a cameo appearance in Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also had an occasional role as a Bishop in You Rang, M'Lord?.

Williams also appeared in two episodes of All Gas and Gaiters starring as the one of the vicars choral in 1967 and 1971. Although not a real-life clergyman, Williams was for some years a lay member of the General Synod of the Church of England, until 2000.

Williams has also appeared in many films, among them three Norman Wisdom films: The Square Peg (1958), The Bulldog Breed (1960), and A Stitch In Time (1963)

His autobiography, Vicar to Dad's Army - the Frank Williams story was published in 2002. He has lived for many years in Edgware, Middlesex. Frank appeared on This Morning on Thursday 31 July 2008 , talking about Dad's Army with fellow cast members Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee. Frank also appeared on BBC1 Jonathan Ross Salutes Dad's Army on Sunday August 3 2008.

Television roles

Year Title Role
1958 to 1961 The Army Game Captain T R Pocket
1969 to 1977 Dad's Army Reverend Timothy Farthing
1970 As Good Cooks Go Mr Bullock

1979 - 1 episode of "You're Only Young Twice" playing Mr Horrace Maddox in 'Cissie's Last Chance'

1990 to 1993 You Rang, M'Lord Bishop Charles


  1. ^ GRO Registers of Birth: SEP 1931 1a 774 HAMPSTEAD - Frank J. Williams, mmn = Myles

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