John Alderton Movies and Career Information

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Nov 27, 1940
Gainsborough
Actor

John Alderton (born 27 November 1940) is an English actor who is best known for his roles in Upstairs, Downstairs, Thomas & Sarah and Please Sir!. Alderton has often starred alongside his wife, Pauline Collins. Alderton was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the son of Ivy (née Handley) and Gordon John Alderton. He grew up in Hull where he attended Kingston High School. Jack Stanley Alderton was born in Hull in 1900 was one of three brothers and was a carpenter by trade. During 1920-1959 he built a large civil engineering and building contractor business, known as ‘J.S. Alderton and Co. Ltd.’ based at Felsted, Ipswich and London. He first became familiar to television viewers when he took the role of Dr Moone in an early ITV soap opera, Emergency Ward 10. He married his co-star, successful actress Jill Browne, but they later divorced. He soon surpassed the fame of his ex-wife, taking the lead in the sitcom Please, Sir!, as hapless teacher Mr Hedges, which later resulted in him also playing the character in the 1971 feature film of the same name. In 1972 he appeared with Hannah Gordon in the BBC comedy series My Wife Next Door which ran for 12 episodes, and for which he won a

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