- Lower Agbrigg, Yorkshire, England, UK
Freddie Fletcher is an English actor best known for playing Jud Casper, in Ken Loach's award-winning 1969 film Kes. Fletcher was born in Grimethorpe, West Riding of Yorkshire, and attended Willowgarth Secondary School. Like many of the actors in Kes, Fletcher had no formal acting experience, but almost immediately found television work when the film was universally praised. He had a regular television role as layabout Raymond Shepherd, one of Diana Dors's wayward sons in the popular comedy series Queenie's Castle. The show was first broadcast on bonfire night in 1970 and ran for two years. 18 episodes were made each lasting 30 minutes. Shortly before Queenie's Castle came to an end in September 1972, in the January of that year he was seen as a football team captain in Jack Rosenthal's BAFTA nominated drama Another Sunday and Sweet F.A., which was part of Granada Television's Sunday Night Theatre series. For the rest of the 1970s, Fletcher worked in various television plays, including four BBC Play for Today films between 1973-1978. He also made another successful movie, playing one of the ship's radio officers in the British thriller Juggernaut in 1974, starring Richard Harris and Anthony Hopkins. In 1978, he appeared in the ITV movie Clouds of Glory, starring Felicity Kendal, written by Melvyn Bragg and directed by Ken Russell. In November 1982, Fletcher played Chalkie Whitely's son Bob in two episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. By this time, actress Lynne Perrie was established in the show as Ivy Tilsley. Perrie had played Fletcher's mother in Kes and had worked alongside him in Queenie's Castle ten years before. Consequently, Fletcher had acted alongside Perrie's brother Duggie Brown in Another Sunday and Sweet F.A. In December 1980, Fletcher appeared in four episodes of Emmerdale Farm as law breaking Derek Warner. He later reprised the role in 1984 for a further four episodes. When the character reappeared again in 1985, he was re-cast and actor Dennis Blanch took on the part until 1986. In the 1990s, Fletcher continued to act regularly on television and in film. He had a regular role as Mr. Smithson in the ITV drama series Children's Ward. He also appeared as farmer Sam Carver in the "Bitter Harvest" episode of Heartbeat in 1992, and played George Milton in the "Tender" episode of Peak Practice in 1995.
|June 19, 1970