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He overcame a bout of polio as a child and attended the Merchants Taylor School in Rickmansworth from which he was expelled for a prank involving a robbery from a Post Office. Having shown an aptitude for performing in school stage productions he acquired an agent and became a professional actor, making his debut in the classic Lindsay Anderson film If For the first few years of his career he specialised in standard comedy roles, including an appearance in Carry on, Girls and the television sitcom Bless This House.
In he had an unexpected career change when he starred in a cheap British sex comedy Confessions of a Window Cleaner which became the highest-grossing domestic picture of that year. Several sequels followed which established Asquith in the role of a cockney wide-boy caught in accidental "naughty" situations.
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He pursued this career on stage and in further television sitcoms including the almost-universally derided Bottle Boys which ran for two years starting in and which was written by former Coronation Street scriptwriter Vince Powell. There was no way I was going back to learning about Karl Marx. His timing was lousy.
After a productive period when American studios poured cash into UK pictures, the British film industry was about to enter a dark period. Struggling with their own financial problems, Hollywood producers scaled back their investment and, almost overnight, money for new films dried up. That was the British film industry back then.
Ironically, the Confessions films were actually made with American money from Columbia which gave them bigger budgets — and better casts — than the thematically similar Adventures rip-offs made by Stanley Long. It sounded ridiculous. My 20ft high face was on the side of buses, but I was still getting on the same buses. Even by standards the Confessions were pretty tame stuff.see url
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My character usually ended up buried under bubbles, covered in paint or hiding under the bed. Confessions of a cult film star - up close and personal with Robin Askwith. Get involved with the news in your community.
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