Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons

Highest Rated: 89% Filmed in Supermarionation (2014)

Lowest Rated: 89% Filmed in Supermarionation (2014)

Birthday: Oct 10, 1923

Birthplace: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, UK

If it hadn't been for a BBC talent scout, Nicholas Parsons might have continued his engineering studies and never become a successful comedian, actor and TV quiz-show host. Parsons started acting in the 1940s with small roles in West End stage productions, and soon migrated to film and television. In 1957, Parsons joined the cast of the popular sketch comedy series "The Arthur Haynes Show" as the straight man to Haynes' manic characters. His ability to maintain composure, no matter how ridiculous or hilarious the scenario, earned him widespread acclaim and led him to join the classic British comedy series "The Benny Hill Show." Parsons landed one of his most famous roles in 1971 when he accepted hosting duties on the popular and long-running primetime quiz series "Sale of the Century," which offered contestants the chance to purchase gifts in addition to earning cash prizes for each correct answer. After leaving the show in 1983, he became a regular guest on game shows like the "Hollywood Squares"-inspired "Punchlines!," and "You Bet!," where celebrities wagered on challenges performed by the public. Parsons scored another primetime hit in 1994 when he became host of the TV adaptation of the popular BBC Radio 4 series "Just a Minute," which gave participants one minute to speak about a subject without stopping or changing subjects. He has since become honorary Chairman of the International Quizzing Association and been elected Rector of the University of St. Andrews.

Highest rated movies

Filmed in Supermarionation



89% 80% Filmed in Supermarionation Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marple: The Pale Horse Father Gorman (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best of Benny Hill The Phantom Prowler/Mask Boutique Staffer/King Charles/Various (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spy Story Ben Toliver (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 47% Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River Dudley Heath (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ghost Goes Gear Algernon Rowthorpe Plumley (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seaside Swingers Julian Goddard (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 69% Too Many Crooks Tommy (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Is the Bride John Royd (Character) - 1959


No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Antiques Road Trip Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Life of Books Host 2015
No Score Yet 50% Necessary Roughness Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heston's Feasts Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brass Eye Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 100% A Bit of Fry & Laurie Unknown (Character) 1992
68% 79% Doctor Who The Rev. Mr. Wainwright (Character) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comic Strip Presents Unknown (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rheingold Theatre Ronnie (Character) 1956