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PostSubject: Geoffrey Hughes (Vernon Scripps)   Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:25 pm

Geoffrey Hughes (born 2 February 1944) is an English actor.

After attending Abbotsford School in Yorkshire, he started his career in repertory at the Victoria Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. This was followed by his first West End production, the Lionel Bart and Alun Owen musical, Maggie May. His other West End productions include the stage version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Say Goodnight to Grandma; The Secret Life of Cartoons; and several seasons of Run for your Wife. He has recently played 'Pistol' in an open air production of Henry V at Barnwell Manor. He has also toured extensively in Britain and abroad.

Among his many other appearances on television are: An Arrow for Little Audrey; The Saint; Shadows of Fear; Z-Cars; Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased); Flying Lady; Making Out; Coasting; Doctor Who; Spender; and Boon. He played 'Trinculo' in an all filmed version of The Tempest for the BBC and 'Squire Clodpoll' in Good Friday 1663, one of Channel Four's new avant-garde operas. His comedy appearances on TV include, The Likely Lads, Please Sir, Dad's Army, Curry and Chips' The Upper Hand and Keeping Up Appearances.

Geoffrey's film credits include Smashing Time; Till Death Do Us Part; The Bofors Gun; The Virgin Soldiers; Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall; Carry On At Your Convenience; and TV films: Needle and The Man from the Peru. He was also the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles' cartoon film Yellow Submarine.

Hughes usually appears in pantomime over the Christmas period[citation needed]. He appeared on That Antony Cotton Show on 6th September 2007. In 2007 he performed the Angel Gabriel, in the BBC production "Liverpool Nativity". In 2008, he appeared in the first episode of series two of the E4 drama series Skins.

His off-stage interests are sailing, golf, cricket, music, trees, and beer. Born south of the city proper, he was brought up in Liverpool. In more recent years, he overcame prostate cancer.

Geoffrey as Vernon (2001-2005; 2007):

Small-time businessman and entrepreneur, and half brother to Bernie Scripps (though the two are entirely dissimilar in both appearance and nature). A rotund, colourful, larger-than-life character, he replaced Claude Greengrass as the author of the hare-brained schemes which drive the show's various sub-plots. He landed a windfall by discovering very valuable modern art, and seemed set for life. But he agreed to insure an oil tanker, which was lost at sea, and so lost all the money he had gained. He was devastated, but it didn't take long before he began with his get-rich-quick schemes again. Vernon finally left the series in dramatic style faking his own suicide to escape the taxman (though the taxman himself was in fact a con artist). In Series 16 he made a brief reappearance in Aidensfield, hoping to claim an inheritance from the estate of his recently deceased sister. It was revealed that he had established a new life running a beach bar in Spain, and wanted David to return with him. Aunt Peggy eventually persauded David to stay.


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