Whatever happened to Ria’s suitor?

Wendy Craig and Bruce Montague in Butterflies and, below, Michael Ripper

Wendy Craig and Bruce Montague in Butterflies and, below, Michael Ripper

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Most of you will ask ‘who?’ when I mention the actor Bruce Montague.

Everyone who loved the gentle comedy of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Butterflies by Carla Lane, will know him as Leonard the hopeful suitor of Wendy Craig’s Ria.

270111 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: Michael Ripper as a drunken old poacher in The Mummy (1959) ENGPPP00120110125084934

270111 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: Michael Ripper as a drunken old poacher in The Mummy (1959) ENGPPP00120110125084934

In the programme his chauffeur was Portsmouth-born actor the late Michael Ripper.

Bruce has appeared in more than 300 television programmes, but like most actors, if they are not seen on the television they are thought not to be working. In fact Bruce has made hundreds of stage appearances.

He spent a year appearing in The Phantom of the Opera and also appeared in Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, Oliver! and The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

He has many musicals to his name and co-authored several books.

Now 73, he lives in Hove with his wife of 52 years, actress Barbara Latham.

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