Derek Francis was a frequent figure of the TV and Film establishment during the 1960s and '70s, with film appearances including ’The Tomb of Ligeia’ in 1965, the 1970’s version of Scrooge and in addition appearing in 6 ‘Carry On’ comedies.
His TV parts included being cast in roles for popular action drama series such as ‘Danger Man’, ‘Man in a Suitcase’, ‘The New Avengers’ as well as a senator in the bawdy BBC comedy ‘Up Pompeii’.
Equally at home playing a the Judge in 'Crown Court', a farmer in Carry on Camping, a wealthy businessman in Armchair Theatre’s ‘The Snag’ or a Benedictine monk in ‘Carry on Abroad’.
Regularly booked on the various ITV flagship drama presentations such as ’ITV Television playhouse ‘and ‘ITV play of the week’. At ease playing both comedic and serious parts. He also appeared in three Hammer movies portraying Squire Anthony Cobtree, in the 1962 film 'Captain Clegg', in 1965, the Russian innkeeper whose failing wife is cured by Christopher Lee's mystic peasant in the opening scenes of ‘Rasputin, the Mad Monk’; and finally as a bishop in the 1976 ’To the Devil a Daughter’ , which turned out to be the studio's final horror film.
Although sadly no longer with us, but because of his wealth of work, thankfully he is rarely off our screens.