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Nat Jackley
Born Nathaniel Tristram Jackley Hirsch
July 16, 1909(1909-07-16)
Sunderland, England
Died September 17, 1988 (aged 79)
London, England
Occupation Actor/Entertainer
Years active 1944–1985
Spouse(s) Marianne Lincoln

Nat Jackley (16 July 1909 — 17 September 1988)[1][2][3] was an English comic actor starring in variety, film and pantomime from the late 1940s to the mid 1980s whose trademark rubber-neck dance, skeletal frame and peculiar speech impediment made him a formidable and funny pantomime dame.[4] His later years were spent as a character actor in films and television.


Biographical details

A native of Sunderland, Nathaniel Tristram Jackley Hirsch was born into a theatrical family. His father George Jackley (1885–1950) was a comic actor who specialised in theatrical dames and was the leading comedian for the Melville Brothers at the Lyceum Theatre during the interwar years.[3] George, himself, was the son of Nathan Jackley who, with his own troupe, The Jackley Wonders, performed in circuses in the United States.[3] His brother David was an actor[2] and his first wife, Marianne Lincoln, specialised as Nat's comedy foil. Nat Jackley was also a member of the Free Masons.[5] He succumbed to cancer two months past his 79th birthday and his place of death appears in one source as Coventry, Warwickshire[2] and in other references as London.[1]

Stage, film and television career

Nat Jackley began his career in the 1920s as a double act with his sister Joy and later joined The Eight Lancashire Lads.[3] He teamed up as the 'straight man' to comedian Jack Clifford, but they later swapped roles.[3] In addition to his first wife, he worked with several other feeds, but ultimately made his career as a headlining solo comedian.[3] Like many artists of the time he entertained troops during World War II.[6] Nat Jackley appeared in three Royal Variety shows and topped the bill in summer shows throughout the seaside resorts and in London.[3] In the final decades of his career, he became a character actor in such films as 1956's Stars in Your Eyes and 1984's The Ploughman's Lunch.

In 1950 Nat appeared on television in the programme The Symbol of Entertainment Supreme made from extracts of shows running in Blackpool at the time, including the revue Out of this World at the Opera House with Nat.[7] Although he made many appearances on radio and television, the only time Nat Jackley had his own show on television was with the pair of specials Nat's In The Belfry on BBC TV in 1956.[4][8] In 1957 he appeared in a film for television Revels of 1957 composed of sections of Blackpool shows of the time.[9] Nat appeared on television in The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film in 1967 as Happy Nat the Rubber Man,[10][11][12] Jingle Bells a Play for Today (1973), the one-off Thames special Bentine (1975),[13] Angels (1976), Talent (1979), The Spoils of War (1980), Tales of the Unexpected, A Midsummer Night's Dream as Snout,[13][14][15] The Old Boy Network as himself,[16] and Dancing Country a BBC2 Playhouse presentation in 1981, the series The Chinese Detective (1982), the series Juliet Bravo in 1983, Threads (1984),[17] the series Dramarama and Minder in 1985, and Lizzie's Pictures in 1987.[1]

Nat Jackley appeared in some fifty pantomimes—the last was in 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne.[3] He was subsequently the subject of TV's This Is Your Life on 10 April 1980.[18][19][20]




  1. ^ a b c Nat Jackley, Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c Jackley, Nat, British Film Institute
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Bring on those Wonderful Dames!, It's Behind You
  4. ^ a b Radio and Television Personalities,
  5. ^ Famous British Freemasons, United Grand Lodge of England
  6. ^ WW2 People's War: Una Bracey Remembers, BBC
  7. ^ The Symbol of Entertainment Supreme 1950, Intute
  8. ^ Nats in the Belfry, Memorable TV
  9. ^ Revels of 1957, IMDB
  10. ^ Magical Mystery Tour, The fan sites network
  11. ^ Magical Mystery Tour, Television Heaven
  12. ^ Magical Mystery Tour,
  13. ^ a b UK Comedy, Memorable TV
  14. ^ Kenneth Rothwell, A Midsummer Night's Dream (1981, Elijah Moshinsky), University of Victoria
  15. ^ A Midsummer Night's Dream, BBC Television Shakespeare
  16. ^ The Old Boy Network: Nat Jackley, British Film Institute
  17. ^ Threads, The British Drama Website
  18. ^ Andrews, Eamonn (1922–1987), Screen Online
  19. ^ This is Your Life: Nat Jackley, British Film Institute
  20. ^ This Is Your Life (1969–1993), The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television
  21. ^ Pantomime, Comedy Kings - The unofficial website of Cannon and Ball
  22. ^ Leeds Empire, Yorkshire Pride
  23. ^ Discovering Leeds, leodis - a photographic archive of leeds
  24. ^ The Life of Sabrina,
  25. ^ Donald Auty, Blackpool Wonderful Blackpool,
  26. ^ Julie Andrews,
  27. ^ Latin Quarter 1951, The Guide to Musical Theatre
  28. ^ Off the Record, The Guide to Musical Theatre
  29. ^ Publicity Postcards Full Colour, Vaudeville Postcards
  30. ^ High Time, The Guide to Musical Theatre
  31. ^ Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter, Nostalgia Central
  32. ^ Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter, Sixties City, 60s Pop Music and Youth Culture
  33. ^ Article Archive: Missing Films, Mancunian Film Corporation
  34. ^ a b Manchunian films history, photographs and film clips, it's A Hot'un
  35. ^ John Wright, British Films featuring entertainers and popular song, 1929-1949

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