Dad’s Army actor Ian Lavender who played Private Pike dies | UK News

Ian Lavender, the last surviving member of Dad’s Army, has died.

Lavender, who played Private Frank Pike in the TV series, was 77 years old.

His death was confirmed by his agent.

Ian Lavender as Derek Harkinson in Eastenders
Ian Lavender as Derek Harkinson in Eastenders. Pic: BBC/PA

Lavender also starred in Yes Minister and EastEnders and appeared on stage in a production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice.

He grew up in Birmingham and was cast in Dad’s Army aged 22, appearing in the entire run of the series and in the spinoff film in 1971.

He played the hapless Pike, who frequently had run-ins with Captain George Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), calling him “Stupid Boy”, and who was looked after by Sergeant Arthur Wilson (John Le Mesurier).

Pike, the youngest member of the Home Guard troop, would often refer to Wilson as Uncle Arthur as he was in a relationship with his overprotective mother Mavis Pike (Janet Davies).

Pic: Columbia/Norcon/Kobal/Shutterstock
Pic: Columbia/Norcon/Kobal/Shutterstock

In EastEnders he played the role of Derek Harkinson, a gay friend of Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard), for four years, before leaving in 2005.

He made a brief return to the show in 2016 but left in 2017 after he became ill with sepsis, having previously battled cancer and a heart attack.

A library picture of the cast of Dad's Army. (L-R) Clive Dunn, James Beck, John Le Mesurier, Arthur Lowe, John Laurie, Ian Lavender and Arnold Ridley.
The cast of Dad’s Army. (L-R) Clive Dunn, James Beck, John Le Mesurier, Arthur Lowe, John Laurie, Ian Lavender and Arnold Ridley. Pic: PA

Royal Mail marked the 50th anniversary of Dad’s Army with a collection of stamps featuring the main characters in 2018.

Ian Lavender
Pic: PA

The same year Lavender cleared up a long-standing mystery from the show with the Radio Times.

When asking creator David Croft if Uncle Arthur was Pike’s father, Lavender said: “He looked at me and said, ‘Of course he is!'”

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