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Eric Sykes with his daughters, Susan Sykes and Catherine ('Kathy') Sykes

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Eric Sykes with his daughters, Susan Sykes and Catherine ('Kathy') Sykes, by Bob Collins, 1959 - NPG x136315 - © estate of Bob Collins / National Portrait Gallery, London

© estate of Bob Collins / National Portrait Gallery, London

Eric Sykes with his daughters, Susan Sykes and Catherine ('Kathy') Sykes

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, 1959
Photographs Collection
NPG x136315

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Sittersback to top

  • Catherine ('Kathy') Sykes (1952-), Film producer and production manager; daughter of Eric Sykes. Sitter associated with 3 portraits.
  • Eric Sykes (1923-2012), Actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. Sitter in 10 portraits.
  • Susan Sykes (1953-), Daughter of Eric Sykes. Sitter associated with 3 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Bob Collins (1924-2002), Photographer. Artist of 220 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Events of 1959back to top

Current affairs

Harold Macmillan wins the general election with an increased majority, returning to office as Conservative prime minister. The victory was the result of perceived economic improvement under the Conservative government, and his (misquoted) boast: 'you've never had it so good.' During his premiership he earned the nickname 'Supermac', coined by cartoonist, Victor 'Vicky' Weisz.

Art and science

Claudia Jones organises the first West Indian-style carnival in the country, starting the tradition of the annual Notting Hill carnival. The event was a response to the race riots of 1958, and an attempt to celebrate West Indian culture and help overcome racial prejudice by giving the whole community the opportunity to join in the event.


Fidel Castro becomes leader of Cuba. After defeating the American-backed Batista government, Castro's revolutionary army arrived in Havana on 8th January where Castro proclaimed himself Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Within a month, Prime Minister José Miró Cardona had resigned, and Castro took over. In Tibet, an uprising against Chinese rule is brutally crushed, and the Dalai Lama flees to India, beginning his long exile.

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01 September 2015, 23:07

Eric Sykes' two eldest daughters are Katherine Sykes (1952-) a film producer and Susan Sykes (1953-).

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