As Time Goes By's Paul Chapman
Tea Time Tidbit for the week of July 16, 2018
Paul Chapman as Stephen
This week, in response to a viewer’s request, we’re going to take a look at a couple of the more minor characters in As Time Goes By. I’m sure you’ll agree though, there really are no small parts in the British comedies we love watching, or to coin a familiar phrase - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Paul Chapman and Moyra Fraser, who played Stephen and Penny Johnson, only ‘popped up’ in As Time Goes By two or three times a year, starting in Series 2 until the show concluded in 2002 (not including the 2005 Reunion Special), but their roles were unforgettable.
Fraser, who sadly passed away in 2009, is featured in the Tea Time Tidbits dated September 21st, 2015.
Moyra Fraser and Chapman
Chapman, who turns 80 next year, seems to have stopped acting. As far as I can tell the last thing he appeared in was a film in 2013 called The Selfish Giant, based on the Oscar Wilde novel of the same name. In it he plays a caretaker. The film also stars Siobhan Finneran, who played Lady Cora’s maid, Sarah O’Brien, in Downton Abbey.
You might also have seen Chapman in a 2009 episode of Midsomer Murders called 'The Great and the Good'. That was the second time Chapman was in a Midsomer episode, having previously been in the series in 1998. He was also in an episode of another popular Afternoon Tea series, Waiting for God. But it’s for the role of Jean’s hen-pecked brother-in-law in As Time Goes By that Chapman is best remembered.
An affinity for comedy must have run in Chapman’s family. His younger brother John was a prolific comedy writer. Among his many credits is the 'Christmas Crackers' episode of Are You Being Served?. John Chapman died in 2001 at the age of 74.
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