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Mr. Rumbold
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Portrayed by Nicholas Smith
Duration 1972–1985; 1992-1993
First appearance Are You Being Served? (1972)
Last appearance Grace and Favour (1993)
Created by Jeremy Lloyd
David Croft
Occupation Manager

Mr Cuthbert Rumbold is a fictional character from the BBC One comedy show, Are You Being Served?. He was played by Nicholas Smith from 1972-1993.


Mr. Rumbold (Nicholas Smith), the manager of the floor, was often mocked for his bald head, jug-ears, and lack of intelligence. Nicknamed "Jug Ears", He frequently took slang phrases literally, leading to his formulating far-fetched explanations of incidents between staff members. He often took credit for others' ideas but subsequently tried to deny all involvement when the idea inevitably proved disastrous. Mr Rumbold's greatest ambition was to be called to the board of directors at Grace Bros. (he looks up dreamily whenever the word "boardroom" is mentioned), and was usually oblivious to the sex appeal of his attractive secretaries. By the time of Grace and Favour Mrs Rumbold has left Mr Rumbold for a younger man from the do-it-yourself department.

Grace and Favour[]

Nicholas Smith reprised the role of Mr. Rumbold for the spin-off show, Grace and Favour, in 1992.

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