Prescot Actor Bill Moores Dies at 80

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

The Prescot actor Bill Moores has passed away at the age of 80.

On TV, he was best-known for a long stint as Cedric – perpetually drunk and always propping up the bar – in the Liverpool-set sitcom Watching (1987-1993).


A quirky character both in real life and on the screen, he also had a memorable turn as the grumpy bus driver in the BBC play Our Day Out (1978), by Whiston writer Willy Russell.




But he began his acting career in local am-dram, performing with the Rainhill Garrick Society and the Rainhill Amateur Operatic Society.

bill_moores_prescotAlongside his TV and theatre work, he was head of the Liverpool division of actors’ union Equity for several years. He was also a familiar face behind the counter at HLS Motor Factors on Warrington Road, Prescot, and KLS on Hall Lane.

In his later years he toured retirement homes with an acting company.

“Everybody always thought he’d die on stage, and he did several times,” the family told Prescot Online, “but he was doing what he loves right until the end.”

They added: “He did everything with a smile on his face.”

Billy was born on 16 October 1934 to George and Lillian Moore – but he became Moores after his father accidentally wrote an extra “S” on the birth certificate.

He grew up in Old Swan and Huyton Quarry, and lived in Prescot until his death on Monday 13 April 2015. He is survived by his wife, Charmayne, four children and six grandchildren.

(Bottom photo: Tony Henry)


  1. Mike

    Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Billy was also a milkman for Friths Dairy in View Road Rainhill, I use to cycle down and meet him at the weekend in the early 70’s and help him with his round, he would always treat us to a breakfast in Prescot at the café by the 57 terminus by Tinglings.

    On a Monday in school holidays I would also go with him to motor accessory suppliers in Manchester, this era of my life taught me great work ethic and an even greater love of cars.

    Thanks Billy, you were always a star in my eyes !!

  2. John Gillmore

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Sorry to hear this . At home we would know he was filming because we would get our milk the night before 🙂 RIP Billy

  3. Lynda

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Please could you ask the family to email me. I am doing a family tree and I am sure you are related.

  4. tom mcginn

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Remember billy well played football both with him and against him for greenall whitley some sixty years ago, great lad loved his football rest in peace billy,

  5. tom mcginn

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Played football both with and against billy for greenall whitley some sixty years ago, great lad loved his football, rest in peace billy.

  6. Trevor Howarth

    Friday, June 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    This is such sad news. ‘Watching’ came up in conversation a few days ago, and I was reminiscing to my wife about meeting Bill for the first time – he was working behind the counter of our local video store on Warrington Lane, just before the show appeared on TV. He was very excited about it and thought Emma Wright was going to huge, rightly. It was a bonus when Bill was on duty – he always had a story or two and, as a result, my trip was always (happily) twice as long 🙂 RIP Bill.

  7. alexander mclean

    Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Well bill we went back a long time through good and bad time in work and strikes
    through supporting the reds (listing to the ajax away match in dutch on the radio in the bi export.We where on night shift for that game
    also the night please forgive me Charmaine for recalling this incident
    Your good wife Charmaine having read the bible as of doctor ? BRING UP CHILDREN fed Christopher by the book after he refuse the required amount or dosage and Charmaine
    insisting there was only one result
    We went through a lot together old friend and i remember the good and the time
    good old friend and workmate
    alex 1/16 m/c bi stranders
    sorry i missed your departure bill

  8. David Formby

    Friday, September 4, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Was our milkman, and Director at Amdram Society, always cracking jokes, sad to hear news.

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