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Over the Easter financial institution vacation weekend ITV3 have proven 21 of probably the most iconic Carry On movies. One among Carry On’s most beloved stars was Hattie, who featured in 14 of the 30 British comedies, usually taking part in a roster of no-nonsense headteacher and matrons. Nonetheless, away from the Carry On classics, Hattie lived a vibrant and turbulent life at odds with the roles she performed on display screen. 

In 1949 she married Dad’s Military star John Le Mesurier and the couple had two sons collectively, Robin and Jake.

Nonetheless in 1962, aged 40 and on the top of her Carry On fame, Hattie met John Schofield, after he wrote to her inviting her to turn into patron of the Leukaemia Analysis fund. 

Mr Schofield was seven years her junior, and on the verge of separating from his spouse Brenda after the couple’s relationship was strained by their son’s most cancers prognosis. 

When Mr Schofield and Hattie met they instantly hit it off and one night time, after a charity profit, they ended up in mattress, embarking on a passionate affair. 

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Hattie Jacques had an affair on her Dad’s Military husband (Picture: Gett)


Hattie was one of many stars of the Carry On collection (Picture: Getty)

Chatting with the Mail on Sunday, Brenda defined: “John was not an excellent dad ‒ he was by no means reduce out to be a father ‒ however he was a charismatic persona. Our split-up was completely amicable. We simply step by step grew aside. 

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“When you have got a sick youngster you deal with it in several methods. John wished to exit and social gathering whereas I used to be concentrating on taking care of our son. 

“Ultimately I simply realised that he was not there once I wished him to be so we separated. However we remained buddies and my second husband Victor and I might go and go to him and Hattie.”

In the meantime Hattie’s biographer Andrew Merriman described Mr Schofield as a “devastatingly good-looking, charismatic East Ender to whom she was instantly attracted.”


John Le Mesurier was initially unaware of the affair (Picture: Getty)

He added: “He was articulate, charming and humorous and flattered Hattie shamelessly. 

“Hattie shortly grew to become besotted with him and, being so unconfident about her personal appears, couldn’t consider that somebody so stunningly engaging might discover her equally seductive”.

Hattie’s marriage to Mr Le Mesurier had been broadly seen as safe and for some time the Dad’s Military star was oblivious to the affair. 

It was solely whereas filming 1964 movie ‘The Moon-Spinners’ that the actor realised that one thing was not proper at house. 

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Hattie divorced her husband in 1965 (Picture: Getty)

He wrote in his autobiography: “A lot was clear to me once I returned from a number of weeks on location to search out that Schofield was nicely on the way in which to appearing the a part of surrogate father. Actually the kids loved his happy-go-lucky methods and pestered him to take them bowling or on different thrilling treats.

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“Hattie tried to make mild of the most recent change in our home routine. In spite of everything we ran an open home with buddies popping in unannounced and never occasionally staying with us for days or perhaps weeks on finish.

“However it will have been silly to not know that this was completely different. I might have walked out however no matter my failings, I liked Hattie and the kids and I used to be sure ‒ I had to make sure ‒ that we might restore the harm. Jealousy shouldn’t be in my character and I held firmly a perception that Hattie was in charge of her feelings.”

Mr Le Mesurier, nonetheless, discovered it more and more onerous to deal with the scenario and by August 1965 the couple divorced after greater than 15 years of marriage.  


Hattie’s was on the top of her fame within the Sixties (Picture: Getty)

As soon as Mr Le Mesurier left the household house, Hattie and Mr Schofield began a public relationship collectively, nevertheless it was to be short-lived.

Mr Schofield started making an attempt to seduce a lot of Hattie’s buddies, whereas additionally allegedly changing into violent in direction of the actress. 

Hattie is claimed to have admitted to Bruce Copp, who ran a Chelsea Restaurant the actress frequently visited, that Mr Schofield had hit her, whereas Mr Mesurier recalled her visiting him in hospital with a black eye. 

In his autobiography he claimed: “Hattie arrived one morning with some mail and magazines, coupled with the excellent news that I used to be going to be out in three days’ time. 

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“She was sporting a pair of darkish glasses. She stated that she had ran into one thing and given herself a black eye. I knew higher. The reality was that she had been in a battle with Schofield ‒ he was jealous of Hattie’s visits to me and felt threatened.”

The connection between Hattie and Mr Schofield led to 1966 when the couple had an enormous row on the set of ‘The Bobo in Rome’. 

Mr Schofield informed the actress he had fallen in love with one other lady, leaving Hattie devastated.

Again at house Hattie was admitted to hospital with kidney an infection, and was visited by Mr Schofield, who reiterated their relationship was over, earlier than allegedly flinging a gold medallion she had given him, inscribed with the phrases ‘I really like you’ onto her hospital mattress. 

A heartbroken Hattie was reportedly inconsolable, sobbing down the cellphone to buddies. 

‘A Jobbing Actor’ was written by John Le Mesurier and revealed by Penguin in 1987. You will discover it right here.