Bernard Bresslaw was an English comic actor, best remembered as a member of the Carry On team.
He became interested in acting after visits to the Hackney Empire. London County Council awarded him a scholarship to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won the Emile Littler Award as the most promising actor.
He was cast in Carry On Cowboy in 1965. Although officially starring in 14 Carry On films, Bresslaw did appear in one other: Carry On Nurse. The legs of Terence Longdon were deemed to be too thin and scrawny looking, so Bresslaw's were used as stand-ins for the scene where Joan Sims gives him a bath.
Bresslaw's catchphrase, in his strong Cockney accent, was "I only arsked" (sic), first used in The Army Game, and later revived in Carry On Camping.
At 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), he was the tallest of the Carry On cast, head and shoulders over fellow Carry On regular Barbara Windsor, who is 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m).
Because of his height he was briefly considered for the part of the Creature in Hammer's Curse of Frankenstein, which ultimately went instead to 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Christopher Lee.
He made great efforts to prepare for roles, for example learning Fanagalo phrases for Carry On Up the Jungle (1970).