Trevore Bannister

Trevor was bom in Durrington, Wiltshire, trained at LAMDA, and spent many years in repertory theatre throughout the country. He first appeared in London with Albert Finney in Billy Liar, from whom he later took over the title role, then The World of Suzie Wong, Early One Morning, The Corn is Green with Dame Flora Robson and Move Over Mrs Markham.
Recently he appeared in Ray Cooney’s play Funny Money and The Odd Couple with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.

He is known at home and abroad for the 500 plus TV appearances he has made since 1961. These include Country Matters, The War of Darkie Pilbeam and award winning plays Cider with Rosie, Congreve’s Way of the World and Voyage Round My Father.

His first comedy series for TV was as Heavy Breathing in the very successful Dustbin Men by Jack Rosenthal. This was followed by Mr Lucas in Are You Being Served? The international success of this programme led to an even greater demand in the theatre both at home and abroad. He starred in Boeing Boeing in South Africa, a record breaking tour of Rattle of a Simple Man in Australia, A Bedfull of Foreigners in the Far and Middle East and has recently returned from Canada where he appeared
in Caught in the Net. Trevor has had a varied career playing everything from Shakespeare to farce. He enjoys radio drama and had his own series. Oh My Sainted Aunt, which ran for four years. He has toured extensively here in O’Neil’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Ayckboume’s Time and Time Again and Taking Steps, Middle Age Spread, Hobson ‘s Choice, Dead at Nine, Out of Order and Scissor Happy.

Films include Hostage with Sam Neil, The Doomsday Gun, The Indiana Jones Chronicles and Captain Jack with Bob Hoskins.

Recent TV includes several episodes of Last of the Summer Wine, Silent Witness and Keeping up Appearances.

For thirty years Trevor has played in pantomime each Christmas, many of which he has written and directed. He is now recognised as one of the most successful Dames having been “mum” to the likes of Frankie Howerd, Dickie Henderson and Charlie Drake and looks forward to appearing in Middlesbrough this Christmas.

Trevor enjoys horse-riding – he and his wife keep polo ponies, she plays, he’s not brave enough – and golf, for which he has no fear but is fanatical.