In 1932, Roy Ullyett sold his first drawing to the Southend Times and then in 1934 he joined the London Evening Star as sports cartoonist. During the Second World War, Ullyett served as a pilot in the RAF, and afterwards wore a trade-mark handlebar moustache. After demobilisation in 1945 he returned to the Evening Star, whilst also drawing strips and a weekly sports cartoon for the Sunday Pictorial. Hugh Cudlipp, editor-in-chief of the Sunday Pictorial and Daily Mirror, then offered him a job working for both papers, but in 1953 Ullyett accepted a rival offer from Arthur Christiansen, editor of the Daily Express, to be the paper's sports cartoonist. Cudlipp was offended, but Ullyett remained at the Daily Express until 1998.