Jeremy Child

Sir Coles John Jeremy Child, 3rd Baronet (born 20 September 1944) is an English actor.

Jeremy Child
Coles John Jeremy Child

(1944-09-20) 20 September 1944
Woking, Surrey, England
Years active1967–present
Deborah Grant
(m. 1971; div. 1976)

Jan Todd
(m. 1978; div. 1987)

Elizabeth Morgan (m. 1987)

Early life

Coles John Jeremy Child was born on 20 September 1944 in Woking, Surrey. He was educated at Wellesley House School,[1] a Preparatory school in the coastal town of Broadstairs in Kent and at Eton College, followed by training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


After appearing in repertory theatre, Child was cast in a significant role in the 1967 film Privilege. Since then he has played over 90 different roles in films and television, including a small role in the cult film Quadrophenia; as Piers Leigh in the miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson; as one of the main villains in Bird of Prey; as Tory politician Charles Gurney Seymour in the television adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's First Among Equals, and a cameo in A Fish Called Wanda. From 1977–78, he appeared in the second series of Backs to the Land.

Most recently, Child appeared in the 2004 film Wimbledon and television drama Judge John Deed. He has also appeared in Doctors for one episode, and most recently appeared as David Walsh in EastEnders. Child has played the British Foreign Secretary three times in his career.


In 1993, Child appeared in a party political broadcast for the Labour Party which also starred Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.


Child has been married three times, his first wife being the actress Deborah Grant, by whom he has a daughter. His second wife was Jan Todd, daughter of Bernard Todd; from that marriage came a son and a daughter. He has a daughter and a son from his third marriage to Elizabeth Morgan.[2] He currently lives in Benson, Oxfordshire.


Year Title Role Notes
1967PrivilegeMartin Crossley
1968Decline and Fall... of a BirdwatcherNigel
1969Play Dirty2nd Lieutenant
1969Oh, What a Lovely War!Wealthy Young ManUncredited
1969The GladiatorsB-1
1970The Breaking of BumboBilly
1970Jane EyreHarry LynnTV movie
1971Quest for LoveDougie RaynesUncredited
1972DoomwatchDavid Broome
1972Young WinstonAusten ChamberlainUncredited
1978The StudLawyer
1979QuadropheniaAgency Man
1980Sir Henry at Rawlinson EndPeregrine Maynard
1981Chanel SolitaireUncredited
1983High Road to ChinaSilversmith
1984Give My Regards to Broad StreetRecord Company Executive 1
1988A Fish Called WandaMr. Johnson
1993Harnessing PeacocksJulian ReevesTV movie
1994The Madness of King GeorgeBlack Rod
1997RegenerationBalfour Graham
1999Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?Doctor Bannister
2001LagaanMaj. Cotton
2001South KensingtonCamilla's Father
2002Safe ConductJeremy
2004WimbledonFred Pilger
2005Separate LiesAngus Burrell
2011FosterJohn Burns
2011The Iron LadyCabinet Ministers
2017Darkest HourLord Stanhope
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Child
(of Bromley Place)
Succeeded by


  1. Profile Archived 2013-07-09 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 2 May 2013.
  2. Profile,; accessed 4 June 2016.
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