UK actor Trevor Bannister, best known as ‘Mr. Lucas’ from Are You Being Served?, has died aged 74.
He died of a heart attack at his allotment in Thames Ditton, Surrey.
Bannister appeared as the young menswear salesman from 1972 to 1979 who, unlike his camp colleague Mr. Humphries (John Inman), had eyes only for the buxom Miss Brahms, the siren of ladies’ underwear, played by Wendy Richard. The show was originally planned as a vehicle for Bannister but eventuated as an ensemble piece.
He left the series to perform in a play, having asked the BBC to change the recording day of Are You Being Served? from Friday to Sunday so that he could appear in both. The BBC refused. “The reason I left was simple,” he maintained. Are You Being Served? was only seven weeks’ work a year.”
He later appeared in the 1988 BBC sitcom Wyatt’s Watchdogs, and had minor roles in Keeping Up Appearances, The Saint and The Avengers. Over the years he played three different characters in Coronation Street. He also appeared in Silent Witness and Casualty while his last role was a series regular in Last Of The Summer Wine, ending in 2010.
Bannister also had a lengthy list of theatre credits, beginning in 1960 with his West End stage debut in Billy Liar, with Albert Finney.
Of the original principal Are You Being Served? cast, the only living cast members are Frank Thornton (Captain Peacock) and Nicholas Smith (Mr. Rumbold).