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Norman Wisdom

(1915-2010), Actor and comedian

Sir Norman Wisdom

Sitter in 7 portraits
After leaving the army in 1946, Wisdom embarked on a career as an entertainer, appearing in variety shows across Britain. He is most famous for his extensive film career, in which he played Norman Puckle, a willing but hopeless 'little man' who struggled valiantly in situations with which the audience could identify. His seventeen films, mostly made during the 1950s and 1960s, included Trouble in Store, The Square Peg, A Stitch in Time and The Sandwich Man. His television work included appearances in The Last of the Summer Wine, Casualty and on chat shows. He was knighted in 2000.

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Norman Wisdom, by John Gay - NPG x126685

Norman Wisdom

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x126685

Norman Wisdom, by Harry Hammond - NPG x15549

Norman Wisdom

by Harry Hammond
bromide fibre print, 1957
NPG x15549

Norman Wisdom, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165894

Norman Wisdom

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 24 April 1969
NPG x165894

Norman Wisdom, by Steve Shipman - NPG x47277

Norman Wisdom

by Steve Shipman
bromide print, March 1990
NPG x47277

Norman Wisdom, by Trevor Leighton - NPG x38481

Norman Wisdom

by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, 25 March 1992
NPG x38481

Norman Wisdom, by Lou Boileau - NPG x131217

Norman Wisdom

by Lou Boileau
Lambda print, 1995
NPG x131217


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