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    I am very sad to report the death of Noel Collins, the British actor well known for his TV work of the 70s and 80s.

    As stalwart Sergeant George "yes ma'am" Parrish in Juliet Bravo, he embodied the traditional copper: he knew everyone's dad and probably wasn't afraid to dish out the odd clip round the ear. He turned up in many other roles, including a wonderfully down-to-earth and normal publican caught up in an invasion from another dimension in a late Doctor Who.

    His obituaries are interesting: after losing a lung to cancer, he joined in a law suit against the big tobacco companies, which ultimately failed.

    LEYTONSTONE: Tributes paid to actor (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
    http://www.ash.org.uk/media-room/new...1#article_2654
    I had a Christmas card from him, in response to a fanletter I sent a couple of years back. Juliet Bravo is one of my favourite series, and Mr Collins brings real warmth and "genuineness". It's sad that he's gone.

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    I am very sorry to hear this, I met him several times when they were filming Juliet Bravo in Bacup, a very nice man indeed

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    Sorry to hear this news, always liked his character of George Parrish in Juliet Bravo.
    R.I.P.

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    A good actor. Juliet Bravo had a fine ensemble cast, Stephanie Turner, Anna Carteret, David Ellison, C.J. Allen, Mark Botham. Great character acting from Noel and the rest of the cast raised JB above the level of normal police procedurals.
    The male cast is now sadly dwindling with Noels passing and that of David Ellison last year. CJ Allen and Mark Botham left, but both appeared to have dropped of off the radar.


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    I have been watching the Juliet Bravo series, by today's standard,a little outdated. But,still very entertaining. I was sorry to hear of his death.

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    From the Guardian

    Noel Collins obituary | Television & radio | The Guardian

    Nick

    Noel Collins obituary

    Stalwart of the TV police series Juliet Bravo


    Noel Collins in Juliet Bravo.

    Noel Collins, who has died of cancer aged 74, was a linchpin of the police series Juliet Bravo throughout its entire six-series run. As Sergeant George Parrish, he was familiar for his "Yes, ma'am" response to consecutive uniformed inspectors Jean Darblay (Stephanie Turner) and Kate Longton (Anna Carteret). Parrish and his male colleagues were seen adjusting to working with a female boss in the BBC programme, which was launched a decade before the more hard-edged Prime Suspect – although four months after ITV's The Gentle Touch, which starred Jill Gascoine as a detective inspector.
    The pace of life was slow in Juliet Bravo, whose title came from a police call-sign. The series (1980-85), set in the fictional Lancashire town of Hartley and described by one television critic as "Dixon in skirts", was also notable for being the flipside to its creator Ian Kennedy-Martin's previous, violence-filled crime drama, The Sweeney. Juliet Bravo had to meet the family-viewing requirements of a programme screened before the 9pm watershed. Collins perfectly reflected its parochial nature. He was first seen with rolled-up shirtsleeves, transferring a plate of sandwiches to the cupboard below the police station's front desk.
    The actor's career ended 15 years ago, when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He retired after having a lung removed and joined 52 others in a �17m lawsuit against Gallaher and Imperial Tobacco, claiming the companies were negligent in not reducing the tar content in cigarettes once the link between smoking and lung cancer had been established. The claim was abandoned in 1999 because of the prospect of soaring legal costs if it were lost.
    Collins was born in London. His father, an Irish immigrant, rose from being a clerk at Sainsbury's to director of a London underwriting firm. After a private education at St Benedict's school in Ealing, west London, Collins served with the Irish Guards for three years, then graduated in law from Durham University, where he began acting.
    A stint in his father's business was followed by work in a travel agency. At the same time, he gained more acting experience at the amateur Questors theatre, Ealing. Collins made the jump to professional companies as an assistant stage manager, before he acted in a West End production of Incident at Vichy (Phoenix theatre, 1965-66) alongside Alec Guinness, who told him: "You could be a really useful actor."
    He had seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, with whom he appeared in Tell Me Lies, a 1967 film based on its anti-Vietnam war play US, staged in 1966 at the Aldwych theatre. Collins also made his television debut in 1967, taking the small role of a nightclub guest in the BBC play Days in the Trees.
    Character roles followed, in one-off episodes of programmes such as New Scotland Yard (1973), When the Boat Comes In (1976), Enemy at the Door (1978) and Pennies from Heaven (1978), before his face became more familiar to viewers in Juliet Bravo.
    Although frequently cast as police officers, chaplains and prison warders, in 1989 Collins played a rural hotelier caught up in an invasion of Arthurian knights from another dimension in the Doctor Who story Battlefield, alongside Sylvester McCoy as the seventh incarnation of the Time Lord.
    His hobby in retirement was photography, and he was a member of his local Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society. Collins is survived by his second wife, Helene; and by a son, Nicholas, and daughter, Lucy, from his first marriage.
    • Noel Michael Collins, actor, born 11 December 1936; died 15 August 2011



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    Thank you for posting this obit. I'm very sad that Mr Collins has gone: George Parrish is such an outstanding character.

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