They're famous characters in some of the most well-known TV shows ever. Yet no-one really knows what they look like! Here's our favourite telly characters who we've never properly seen.

1. Howard’s mum in The Big Bang Theory

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Mrs Wolowitz, although never seen – was definitely heard as she screamed at her son Howard from another room. More recently, she took comic-book store owner Stuart in as a lodger which irritated Howard. Sadly, that foghorn voice was silenced last November after the actress playing Mrs Wolowitz, Carol Ann Susi, died at the age of 62 after battling cancer. In the a touching tribute episode, Howard receives a call to say that his mum has passed away on vacation in Florida.

 

2. ’Er indoors in Minder

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YouTube

Arthur Daley’s wife is always referred to as ’er indoors and, although we never actually get to meet ’er, Arthur often mentions his better half during his selling techniques, especially if he’s flogging perfume or women’s fashion, and in conversations with his minder, Terry McCann in their favourite watering hole, The Winchester Club.

 

3. Columbo’s wife

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Mrs Columbo is often spoken about by the crumpled mac-wearing detective. And he always describes his lady wife as having a wide range of interests which often relate to the line of work of the suspect he’s investigating. Amongst her many hobbies, apparently, are literature, music and wine. However, we’ve never witnessed the cultured lady reading while listening to music and supping vino so we’ll have to take Columbo’s word for it!

 

4. Maris Crane in Frasier

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NBC

It was decided that it would be impossible to cast anybody as Niles’ wife Maris in hit show Frasier, as his poor spouse has been described as being everything from being underweight to obese, having the skin tone of an albino and being too weak to produce saliva. From those descriptions, it’s a relief she was kept out of sight!

 

5. The maid in Tom & Jerry

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The maid in Tom and Jerry is known as Mammy and her face has only once been fleetingly seen. Normally we only see her bottom half, but we do get to hear her angrily admonishing her unruly charges, as she rushes around trying to deal with the mayhem the characters are generating. In this scene, Tom is joined by black alley cat, Bruce, as they lead the long-suffering staff member a merry dance!

 

6. Norm’s wife in Cheers

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She must be a pretty scary woman, Norm’s wife Vera, as he’d rather spend all his hours in the bar with Cliff Clavin, the world’s most boring postie than at home with her – although he does take the occasional phone call from her while in Cheers! There was one Thanksgiving Day episode where we nearly got a glimpse of Vera – but then she was hit by a pie meant for Sam and thrown by Diane, before the audience got to see her face.

 

7. Monkey Harris, Paddy the Greek and Sunglasses Ron in Only Fools and Horses

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UKTV

The aforementioned nicknamed characters are Del Boy’s friends who he has dealings with. For those not up with their cockney slang, a monkey refers to £500, so no, Del isn’t doing business with a primate! These characters are often mentioned down the Nag’s Head boozer and Monkey was also a schoolfriend of Boycie, Denzil, Trigger and Roy Slater. Although never seen on screen, it’s believed by some that Sunglasses Ron is sitting on the coach to Margate in the episode entitled Jolly Boys Outing.

 

8. Stan Walker in Will and Grace

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NBC

Karen Walker is Grace Adler’s useless assistant on the show. She is a pill-popping borderline alcoholic and a multi-millionairess thanks to her marriage to Stan Walker. Stan is never seen. However, in an episode in 2000, we get to see a bit of Stan when he reaches out and grabs Karen’s breast, while she’s talking to Will. Despite Stan being described as morbidly obese, he does have an attractive mistress, Lorraine Finster, played by Minnie Driver. And, when Stan passes away, Karen is not impressed when Lorraine shows up at his funeral.

 

9. Father Bigley in Father Ted

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Hat Trick Productions

Although there are many mentioned-but-not seen clergy in Father Ted, Father Bigley’s description is one that stands out! He was mistakenly thought to be dead, but it turns out, he just looked deceased due to as Ted recalls: ‘his big puffy fish lips bigger than the rest of his face…’ which was caused by an exploding kettle. Which reminds us, must be time for a nice cup of tea, so, as Mrs Doyle would say: ‘Go on, go on, go on…’

 

Have we forgotten any mysterious TV characters? Let us know in the comments box below!

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    Elizabeth Mainwaring (Dad’s Army)