Cliff was born in Birmingham and started his interest in drama while in his youth, developing a liking for serious parts. He played in a number of drama groups, and joined Wythall because he “enjoyed the pally atmostphere.”
He fell straight away into comedy parts despite persistent protests that, given a choice, he would have prefered to play heavier stuff – Shakespear.
Trained as an engineer, he has had a spell of technical school teaching and was a project development engineer.
Cliff certainly took part in the 1964 production of Pillar to Post and the review in the Redditch Indicator (27/3/1964) said:
“Cliff Gadsby (a new name to me) filled the part of the fanatical bodybuilding idiot admirably. I think he must have had a few bruises by the end of the show, for he had a vase broken over his head by his girlfriend, had his face slapped by his mother, was knocked out by the lodger, had tools dropped on his hand by his father, and fell from a step ladder – to mention a few of the ills that beset him.”
In the Solihull News review 26/3/1965 of Dr in the House:
“As a fresh faced medical student Simon Sparrow, Cliff Gadsby never once failed in his characterisation. As his compatriots educated him in a new and easier way of life, he adapted himself easily.”
The photograph of Cliff is from a newspaper review of Dr in the House 1965.