FAWLTY Towers has been a hit with viewers young and old since it first hit screens in the seventies.
You may be wondering what the stars of the hit sitcom went on to do after the show ended. We’ve got the answers…
Where are the cast of Fawlty Towers now?
Basil Fawlty – John Cleese
John co-wrote all twelve episodes of the show with his then wife and co-star Connie Booth.
The pair divorced in 1978, and has since remarried a further two times, first to Alyce Eichelberger from 1992 until 2008, and then to jewellery designer and fourth wife Jennifer Wad.
Since the show’s success, he landed roles in several high-profile sequels including Shrek 2, The Pink Panther 2 and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
Most recently he has been predominantly lending his voice to animated movies.
In 2018’s Charming, he voiced the role of The Fairy Godmother.
He also starred in BBC’s Hold the Sunset as Phil as well as the ABC sitcom Speechless in which he had a special guest role as Martin, the father of Minnie Driver’s character Maya.
In 2019, he voiced Otto Von Walrus in Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad.
Sybil Fawlty – Prunella Scales
Prunella Scales played the long-suffering Sybil Fawlty in the famous sitcom.
After she appeared in the show, she had a successful career in film and TV, even being nominated for a BAFTA for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in A Question of Attribution.
Her numerous film credits include Escape from the Dark, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Prunella is married to actor Timothy West, and together the pair presented the show for ten seasons.
Prunella was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014.
Her husband said: “The sad thing is, you just watch the gradual disappearance
of the person you knew and loved and were very close to.
“A lot of her has left, but we still enjoy life and there’s still a lot Pru is
able to enjoy and we are able to do together.”
Polly Sherman – Connie Booth
Booth played waitress Polly in the much-loved BBC sitcom – and was a co-writer of with then-husband Cleese.
She has a daughter, Cynthia, with her ex-husband and the pair worked together on the second series of the show, despite getting a divorce after the first.
After the success of Fawlty Towers, Booth went on to star in TV movies including The Hound of The Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, and The Deadly Game.
But in 1995 she quit acting and began a career as a psychotherapist.
She remarried in 1995, to screenwriter Ed Solomon but the pair split and Booth married New Yorker critic John Lahr in 2000.
The pair reside in North London together.
Manuel – Andrew Sachs
Manuel is undoubtably one of the best-loved characters from the show.
His thick Spanish accent resulted in hilarious dilemmas for the hotel.
After appearing on the sitcom, Sachs had a successful television career.
He took up the role as hotel manager in the sitcom Are You being Served? and famously played Ramsay Clegg in Coronation Street.
In 2008, Sachs hit the headlines after he became the subject of a prank by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross in which they left him voicemails stating that Brand had had sex with his granddaughter.
The BBC issued a public apology to Sachs, and Brand resigned.
Sachs was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2012 and died in 2016, aged 86, after a long battle with the condition.
His wife Melody Sachs died just a year later.
Terry Hughes – Brian Hall
Brian Hall played Terry the chef from Fawlty Towers.
After the sitcom ended, he went on to star in hit TV series including Terry and June, Minder and Bergerac.
He starred in 1980 British drama film McVicar and played Eddie Green in BBC1 children’s drama Break in the Sun.
Hall was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1994 and sadly lost his battle with the disease in 1997.
In 1996, Hall told the Mirror: “Cancer is a bully and I hate bullies.
“This old boy cancer will get about as much change out of me as all the other bullies I’ve met – nothing.”
He was a close friend of John Cleese, and upon his death, Cleese said:
John Cleese, who had become a close friend, said: “I am very upset. I was particularly fond of Brian and had several conversations with him this year.
“I admire profoundly the way in which he dealt with his cancer. I do not know where he found the strength.”
Major Gowen – Ballard Berkeley
Major Gowen has proved a controversial figure among viewers of Fawlty Towers.
His use of ‘racist’ jokes has caused concern – and some of his appearances have been edited out from reruns of the show.
However John Cleese has defended the jokes. He said: “If you put nonsense words into the mouth of someone you want to make fun of you’re not broadcasting their views, you’re making fun of them.
“The major was an old fossil left over from decades before. We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them.
“If they can’t see that, if people are too stupid to see that, what can one say?”
Berkeley himself had starring roles in To the Manor Born, Terry and June and Fresh Fields following the sitcom.
He also voiced the Head of the Army in the animated film version of Roald Dahl’s The BFG.
Ballard Berkeley died at the age of 84 on January 16, 1988.
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