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Ian Carmichael

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Ian Carmichael OBE (b. June 18 1920) is a British film and television actor.

Born in Hull, Yorkshire. He was educated at Scarborough College and Bromsgrove School. He made his name playing the seltered innocent in a world of crooks and shirkers in a series of classic films for the Boulting Brothers, including Private's Progress (1956), Brothers in Law (1957) and I'm All Right, Jack (1959), as well as similar films for other producers like School for Scoundrels (1960).

During the 1960s and 1970s, he enjoyed success in television, including the sitcom, Bachelor Father, based on the story of a real-life bachelor who took on several foster children. On television he enjoyed great popularity as Bertie Wooster, opposite Dennis Price as Jeeves, in several series of The World of Wooster, based on the works of P. G. Wodehouse. In the 1970s he memorably played Lord Peter Wimsey in several drama series based on the mystery novels by Dorothy L. Sayers.

He continues to appear on television, notably in the ITV series, The Royal. He was awarded an OBE in the 2003 New Year's Honours List.

Ian Carmichael has been married twice. His first wife was Pym McLean (1943-1983; two daughters Lee and Sally) and his second wife is the novelist, Kate Fenton (1992- ).

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