TWO British acting legends are the theme of today’s Timeout.

Les Dawson was a comedian and actor best known for his deadpan humour, curmudgeonly persona and jokes about his mother-in-law and wife.

One of his famous characters was Ada Shufflebotham, a working class northern housewife.

His television shows of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s include Dawson’s Weekly, Blankety Blank, The Les Dawson Show and Opportunity Knocks.

Les is pictured having a beer and cigarette and also with his daughter Pamela in 1987.

He had four children, three with his first wife and one with his second.

He had a heart attack when he was in hospital for a routine check-up and died in 1993.

John Inman, who was born Frederick John Inman in 1935, is most famous for his role as Mr Humphries in Are You Being Served? from 1972 to 1985, and again in its spin-off, Grace and Favour, from 1992 to 1993.

He became a household name and won the BBC TV Personality of the Year award for the role.

But John was targeted in Brighton, where he was appearing in a seaside show, for his negative depiction of a homosexual man.

He was accused of portraying gay people, through his role of Mr Humphries, as sexually obsessed and too extravagant. But John denied that Mr Humphries was even gay. He died of hepatitis A, which he contracted from food, in 2007.

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