Dad’s Army star Ian Lavender to play cameo role in new film

The 68-year-old star, who played Pike in the original TV series, is making an appearance in the Dad's Army remake, alongside Bill Nighy, Mark Gatiss and Blake Harrison

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Original Dad’s Army star Ian Lavender is making a cameo appearance in the new film. 

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The actor, who is also known for roles in EastEnders, Doctors and Casualty, will play an officer in the reboot movie, according The Telegraph.

Lavender played hapless Private Frank Pike, the youngest member of the platoon, in all nine series of Dad’s Army between 1968 and 1977. His original role will now be played by Blake Harrison, who is best known for starring in The Inbetweeners. 

The remake of the iconic BBC2 sitcom, which also stars Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Mark Gatiss and Catherine Zeta-Jones, will see Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and co go back on parade in Walmington-on-sea after 37 years.

Dad’s Army followed the escapades of a group of amateur soldiers as they tried to protect a quiet seaside town from a Nazi invasion during WWII. The hugely successful sitcom, which starred Arthur Lowe, Clive Dunn and Ian Lavender, is still repeated on TV nowadays. 

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90-year-old Jimmy Perry, who wrote the original series, is set to produce the new film alongside The Iron Lady and The History Boys producer Damian Jones.