The new BBC comedy-drama series The Outlaws will begin airing on BBC One tonight and it has a star cast, including Hollywood actor Christopher Walken.
But one of the cast has a very famous dad in the theater industry.
Dolly Wells – who plays Margaret on the show – is the daughter of the late John Wells.
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John was a comedy actor who was also an original contributor to the satirical magazine Private Eye.
He began his career as a writer for the BBC’s weekly satirical show That Was The Week That Was which produced stars including Sir David Frost. His screen debut began with a small role in the 1967 film Casino Royale which was produced as a satirical film.
He is best known for starring in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only with Roger Moore as Agent 007. He also played the role of Pre-School Principal of Thursgood in Tinker, Tailor. , Soldier, Spy.
John also found success on the West End stage with Anyone for Denis – a play he adapted from his series of satirical letters allegedly from Margaret Thatcher’s husband Denis to politician Bill Deedes.
He played the role of Denis Thatcher and the play was a huge hit in theaters and eventually made into a TV series.
John married Teresa Chancellor in 1982 and together they share a daughter Dolly, born in 1971, who has since had a successful acting career.
John sadly passed away in 1998 at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer.
Dolly had a small role in Bridget Jones’s Diary which she reprized in Bridget Jones’s Baby and also starred in Home Again as the best friend of Reece’s Witherspoon character Alice.
On television, she has starred in Casualty, The Bill and most recently as Dr Zoe Van Helsig in Dracula – the BBC’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s vampire novel.
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