Joe Gladwin

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Joe Gladwin
Born Joseph Gladwin
(1906-01-22)22 January 1906
Ordsall, Salford, Lancashire, England
Died 11 March 1987(1987-03-11) (aged 81)
Manchester, England
Other names Joe Gladwyn
Occupation actor
Years active 1957–1987
Spouse(s) Lily Anne Wynne (1933-1987; his death)

Joseph "Joe" Gladwin (22 January 1906 – 11 March 1987) was a British actor. He was best known in his roles as myopic Stan Hardman in Nearest and Dearest from 1968 to 1973, and Wally Batty in the world's longest-running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine in 1975, and again from 1976 to 1987.


Gladwin was born at 44 Tatton Street in the Ordsall district of Salford, Lancashire, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Gladwin (née Dooley). He was baptised on 28 January 1906 at Mount Carmel RC Church, Ordsall and educated at the parish school. He married Lily Anne Wynne on 30 December 1933 at Mount Carmel Church. Gladwin was appointed a Papal Knight (of the Order of St. Gregory the Great)[1][2] for his charity work.[3] Gladwin also served as Northern representative of the Catholic Stage Guild.[4] Despite his lifelong rhotacism (which he concealed when acting by substituting the letter R for a guttural sound), he became well known in British television, especially prominent from 1975 until his death in 1987.


Gladwin worked as a 'feed' for Dave Morris (comedian) for twelve years beginning in 1950.[5] He appeared in British television since the 1960s, some notable appearances include Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green and The Artful Dodger. He also had a recurring role in Coronation Street between 1961 and 1966 as Fred Jackson, owner of the local fish and chip shop. He had completed work on the Summer Wine's 1986 Christmas special and ninth series before his death.[6]

His film credits included appearances in Three Hats for Lisa (1966), Charlie Bubbles (1967), Work Is a Four-Letter Word (1968), The Reckoning (1969), the film version of Nearest and Dearest (1972), Escape from the Dark (1976) and Yanks (1979).

Joe Gladwin as Wally being manhandled by Nora (played by Kathy Staff) in Last of the Summer Wine

He was also the voice of the "Hovis" television ads for many years.

Year Title Role
1959 The Artful Dodger Cedric Butterworth
1961, 1963-1964, 1966 Coronation Street Fred Jackson
1968 to 1973 Nearest and Dearest Stan Hardman
1975 The Wackers Joe Farrell
1975 to 1976 Striker Harry
1975 to 1987 Last of the Summer Wine Wally Batty
1978 The Losers Dennis Breene
1979 Thundercloud Porter
1979 to 1980 How's Your Father? Mr Blenkinsop
1980 All Creatures Great and Small Len Hamson
1980 Born and Bred Joe Jaikes
1981 Honky Tonk Heroes Albert
1981 Funny Man Autograph hunter
1981, 1984 Juliet Bravo Mr. Long (Episode:- Gorgeous)
Mr. Small (Episode:- Lost and Found; as Joe Gladwyn)
1982 Tales of the Unexpected Heeney


Gladwin died on 11 March 1987, aged 81, in Manchester. He is buried at St Mary's Catholic Cemetery just off the A6 road at Wardley, near Manchester.


  1. British Theatrelog volume 1 issue 8, TQ Publications, 1978, pg 14
  4. The Catholic Directory of England and Wales, 1981, pg 393
  5. Kindly leave the stage! The Story of Variety, 1919-1960, Roger Wilmut, Methuen, 1985, pg 199
  6. Hayward, Anthony (16 December 2008). "Kathy Staff: Nora Batty in 'Last of the Summer Wine' and veteran of ITV soaps". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-05-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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