Stars from Streatham - Tommy Trinder

Tommy Trinder was born on 24 March 1909 at No. 54 Wellfi eld Rd. Streatham. The son of a tram driver, he was to become one of the most famous comedians of his generation. He was ranked with Max Miller, George Formby, and Arthur Askey. He performed as a comedian at the age of twelve, and built his career in music halls and variety shows.

By the 1930s, Tommy was famous throughout Britain for his rapid-fire wit, pork pie hat, and catchphrase, “you lucky people!”.

In the late 1930s he became a screen actor for Ealing Studios with films such as Bells Go Down, Bitter Springs, and Sailors Three with Michael Wilding.

Other films included Save a Little Sunshine, Almost a Honeymoon, Laugh it Off, She Couldn’t Say No, While Nero Fiddled, and Champagne Charlie, the story of George Leybourne, the music hall entertainer of the 1860s.

Tommy became a headliner at variety shows such as Sunday Night at The London Palladium from the 1950s, and even once  appeared with Frank Sinatra in New York. From the 1960s his career declined, though he continued to tread the boards regularly inpanto and occasionally in variety shows.

Tommy Trinder was made a CBE in 1975,and died of a heart attack at the age of 80 in 1989.

A Streatham Society plaque commemorating his residence in Wellfield Rd. was unveiled by Roy  Hudd in June 1990.

With thanks to Cat Aldridge and Gillian Rogers from the I Love Streatham Facebook Group.

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