East Sheen Actor James Beck is the face of a new Royal Mail stamp.

The late East Sheen actor James Beck is the face of a commemorative stamp unveiled by Royal Mail yesterday to celebrate 50 years of the BBC series Dad’s Army.

Mr Beck, who played Private Walker in the series, is pictured on one of the eight commemorative stamps released by Royal Mail yesterday along with his catchphrase: “It won’t cost you much”.

Other much-loved characters featured on the stamps include Corporal Jones, Captain Mainwaring, Private Frazer and Private Godfrey.

Set in the fictional town of Walmington-on-Sea on the south coast of England, the series focused on the exploits of a home guard platoon acting as the town’s last line of defence against an imminent Nazi invasion.

Written by David Croft and Jimmy Perry, the series spanned 80 episodes in total across nine series and three Christmas specials, attracting audiences of more than18 million in its heyday.

Two film adaptations of Dad’s Army were released in 1971 and 2016, and 67 radio versions were made of Dad’s Army between 1973 and 1976.

Diana Bullus, Mr Beck’s stepdaughter, said: “James would have loved the stamps and would have been delighted and honoured to be on one of them.

“As far as my feelings are concerned, I think it is well-deserved, for all the effort he put into his work during his short life.

"He loved being one of the Dad's Army team and got on well with all of them.”

James Beck, who appeared in 60 episodes of the sitcom, spent the last six years of his life in East Sheen, where he passed away in 1973.

Born in Islington in 1929, Mr Beck attended art college and completed his National Service before pursuing a career as an actor.

Mr Beck played the lead role in the early 1970s sitcom Romany Jones and worked in repertory with the York Theatre Company.

Stamps can be pre-ordered on www.royalmail.com/dadsarmy and will be sold by 7,000 Post Offices nationwide from Tuesday 26 June.