John Laurie began and ended his long and distinguished career as a classical theatre and dramatic film actor by playing comedy roles. This drawing by Coia depicts Laurie’s unmistakable features under the spotlight. Arguably it was his most undemanding role - pessimistic Private Frazer in ‘Dad’s Army’, whom he played from 1968-77 – which gained him popular recognition. Laurie described his part in the comedy series as “playing just a few lines and some of them are very good”. The declaration “we’re doomed” was uttered by Frazer at any potentially bleak moment. Laurie re-created Frazer’s morose style in his recitations of the poems of William McGonagall.