Patrick David Newell (born Hadleigh, Suffolk, March 27, 1932 - July 22, 1988) was a British actor known for his large size. Hadleigh is an ancient Market town in Suffolk, East Anglia, England. Suffolk (ˈsʌfək is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in East Anglia, England. Events 196 BC - Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt. 1309 - Pope Clement V excommunicates Year 1932 ( MCMXXXII) was a Leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1099 - First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located It is reputed he gained weight as a deliberate attempt to boost his career, marking him out for some niche roles. It has been written that his entry in Who's Who On Television in the late 1970s, Newell described himself as "Actor with a weight problem--the more he diets, the less work he seems to get. "
His most notable role was as "Mother," the spymaster in The Avengers. " Mother " is the Codename given to the wheelchair-bound male British government official who gives orders to John Steed and Tara King The Avengers was a British Television series featuring Secret agents in 1960s Britain. He had previously appeared in two earlier Avengers episodes: "The Town of No Return" (Diana Rigg's debut) and "Something Nasty in the Nursery" as a Government official (sometimes suggested as an earlier incarnation of Mother). Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg DBE (born 20 July 1938 is an English actress.
Other cult television appearances included roles in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), the Doctor Who story The Android Invasion, The Young Ones and Kinvig. Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased is a late 1960s British Private detective Television series starring Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The Android Invasion is a serial in the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast The Young Ones was a popular British sitcom, first seen in 1982, on BBC2. Synopsis The show revolves around the eponymous Des Kinvig ( Tony Haygarth) who runs an electrical repair shop in the small town of Bingleton He also turned up as a Playboy Bunny in one of the Benny Hill comedy specials. Alfred Hawthorne Hill ( 21 January 1924 &ndash 19 April 1992) better known as Benny Hill, was a prolific English Film appearances include the Gluttony segment of The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins. The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins is a 1971 Comedy film directed and produced by Graham Stark.
Later in life, Newell succeeded in losing a substantial amount of weight, but this did not prevent his early death from a heart attack. He was married with two children.