Hailing from Bingley, West Yorkshire, Bewes will forever be remembered for his performance as the aspirational but ever hapless Bob Ferris in Clement and La Frenais' The Likely Lads, it's subsequent follow up Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads and it's big screen spin-off. For my money, one of the greatest British sitcoms of all time. Bewes certainly felt so too, taking great pride in his association with the series - unlike the snobby attitude that his co-star James Bolam has regarding the show, which has seen him refuse repeats in the past, and continue to consider the show off limits for interviews to this day. Sadly Bewes and Bolam fell out over a misunderstanding after making the film version of the show which arguably stopped any more episodes being made and the rift sadly continued for the rest of Bewes' life.
Bewes got arguably his first big break with a supporting role in the film Billy Liar, sharing the screen with his then real-life flatmate Tom Courtenay. It was a role that effectively led to him playing Bob Ferris, but away from The Likely Lads Bewes enjoyed a career that included the ITV sitcom Dear Mother...Love Albert, which he co-created and co-wrote with Derrick Goodwin, appeared as a sidekick to children's TV favourite Basil Brush and starred in the films Spring and Port Wine, San Ferry Ann, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, The Three Musketeers, Saint Jack, Jabberwocky, The Spaceman and King Arthur and The Wildcats of St Trinian's and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.
The 1980s and '90s saw Bewes appear as a guest actor in series such as Doctor Who, were he played the conflicted Stien in the action-packed Peter Davison serial Resurrection of the Daleks, and the Jimmy Nail detective drama Spender, which returned him to Newcastle, home of The Likely Lads. Much of this latter stage in his career was preoccupied with theatre work, with Bewes appearing in Ray Cooney's farces such as Funny Money in the West End and touring one man shows of Rollerball, Three Men in a Boat and Diary of a Nobody in art centres, theatres and at the Edinburgh fringe. He wrote his autobiography, A Likely Story, in 2005 and is survived by his four children and two grandchildren.