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Eric Sykes

(1923-2012), Actor, comedian, writer, director and producer

Sitter in 11 portraits
After performing as a comedian during World War Two, Sykes worked as a radio and television scriptwriter, contributing to the Goon Show and the Tony Hancock Show. In 1960 he starred in his own television series Sykes and A ... alongside Hatti Jacques. The pair reunited in 1972 in the series Sykes which ran for seven years. From his early thirties, Sykes had begun to lose his hearing, which led to his creation of the self-directed wordless comedies The Plank (1967) and Rhubarb (1970). He also appeared in BBC TV's Gormenghast (2000) and the film The Others (2001). He was awarded a CBE in 2004.

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Eric Sykes, by Andrew Tift - NPG 6954

Eric Sykes

by Andrew Tift
charcoal, graphite, carbon and ink, 2011
NPG 6954

Eric Sykes, by Unknown photographer - NPG x194192

Eric Sykes

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1956
NPG x194192

Eric Sykes, by Bob Collins - NPG x136313

Eric Sykes

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, 1959
NPG x136313

Eric Sykes, by Bob Collins - NPG x136314

Eric Sykes

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, 1959
NPG x136314

Eric Sykes, by Bob Collins - NPG x35159

Eric Sykes

by Bob Collins
bromide fibre print, 1959
NPG x35159

Eric Sykes, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x87790

Eric Sykes

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 3 February 1970
NPG x87790

Eric Sykes, by Trevor Ray Hart - NPG x126061

Eric Sykes

by Trevor Ray Hart
C-type colour print, 15 March 2001
NPG x126061

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