Graham Seed

Graham Seed (born 12 July 1950 in London) is an English actor.


Seed was educated at Charterhouse School, a boarding independent school in the market town of Godalming in Surrey, followed by RADA in London.

Life and career

Seed is best known for his role playing Nigel Pargetter in the BBC radio series The Archers from 1983[1] until January 2011, although actor Nigel Carrington briefly played the role when Seed took a break in the late 1980s. Seed appeared in the well-known "Is it on the Trolley?" sketch, alongside Victoria Wood (its author) and Duncan Preston in Wood's As Seen on TV series.[2] After his character's death in 2011, Seed played himself as the villain in a Radio 4 pantomime who plans to bring down Radio 4 by releasing the Pips, but ultimately falls to his death whilst retrieving a banner, paralleling his Archers character. In addition to The Archers, Seed has appeared in the TV soap operas Brookside (1995–97, as Dick Thornton), Coronation Street (1981, as a solicitor) and Crossroads (1985–88, as Charlie Mycroft).[3][4]

Seed's roles include the adult Britannicus, son of the emperor Claudius in the BBC adaptation of Robert Graves' I, Claudius (1976), Harrop in William Boyd's Channel 4 Film Good and Bad at Games (1983) and Jorkins in the first episode "Et in Arcadia ego" of the ITV television adaptation of Brideshead Revisited (1981). He also appeared in Edward the Seventh (1975), Bergerac (1981), C.A.B. (1986) Midsomer Murders (2009) and Wild Target (2010).[1]


  • Gandhi (1982) – Wicket-keeper


  1. "Radio 4 – The Archers – Who's Who : A–D". BBC. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  2. Keri Davies (2011-01-03). "The Archers Blog: Graham Seed on playing, and leaving, Nigel Pargetter". BBC. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  3. "Crossroads – The 1980s", BFI screenonline
  4. "Graham Seed". Internet Movie Database., Inc. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
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