Norman Eshley

Norman Eshley (born 30 May 1945) is an English actor best known for his television roles.

Norman Eshley
Born (1945-05-30) 30 May 1945
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Years active1968–present
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[1]
Spouse(s)Millicent Martin (1969–1973) (divorced)
Lynette Braid (1980–1981) (divorced)
Rachel Eshley (2015–present)


Eshley attended Bristol Grammar School and worked in a bank, before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He played many Shakespearean roles on stage. His first screen role was in the 1968 film The Immortal Story, directed by Orson Welles. He played a lead character, Steve, in Blind Terror (1971) and appeared in the Pete Walker horror film House of Mortal Sin in 1975.[2]

He is possibly best known for his role in the sitcom George and Mildred (1976–79) as the snobbish, right-wing estate agent Jeffrey Fourmile, the foil to George. In the show's direct predecessor Man About the House (1973–76) he had previously featured in several episodes as Robin Tripp's brother Norman, who married Chrissy (Paula Wilcox)—and who was mentioned in an episode of the spin-off show Robin's Nest. In an earlier Man About the House episode in 1974 he played a sleazy married executive named Ian Cross who tried to seduce Chrissy.[2] His other TV credits include: Department S (1969), Thriller ("The Colour of Blood"/US title: "The Carnation Killer", 1973) as an escaped serial killer, Warship (1973–74), The Duchess of Duke Street, I, Claudius, The Sweeney (all 1976), Return of the Saint (1978), a former SAS colleague of William Bodie in The Professionals' episode "Kickback" (1980), Minder (1985), Taggart (1990), Cadfael (1994), One Foot in the Grave (1997), Dangerfield (1998), and The Bill (1999–2000).

In 1988 he appeared in a public information film about road safety called Accident in Park Road. His character is seen driving a Ford Escort before running over a child who dashes out between cars in front of him. He is questioned by Graham Cole who plays a policeman, a role Cole played as PC Tony Stamp in The Bill.[2]

Along with Douglas Fielding, he provided the narration for the Blind Guardian album Nightfall in Middle-Earth.[3] He had roles in the BBC TV series New Tricks (2007) and A Christmas Campaign (short, 2011).[2] In 2019, he appeared in the documentary The Immortal Orson Welles, directed by Chris Wade.

Personal life

In 1993, Eshley was a passenger in a car which was involved in a crash in the Dordogne in France. He sustained multiple injuries, including head trauma. He has appeared in few TV programmes since then.[4]

Television roles

1968A Most Unfortunate AccidentRoger
1968A Man of Our TimesSimon
1968Mystery and ImaginationJean Lemaistre
1968City '68Jeremy
1969Department SRed
1969Thirty-Minute TheatreRab
1969Canterbury TalesLover
1970Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)Mike Hales
1970Parkin's PatchVickory
1972The RegimentSimon Howarth
1972A Splinter of IceJude
1972Play for TodayDave Osmond
1973JusticeNick Adams
1973ThrillerArthur Page
1973Between the WarsVincent
1973Vienna 1900Alfred Beratoner
1973WarshipLieutenant Bob Last
1974Man About the HouseIan Cross
1974The Onedin LineHon. Hugh Kernan
1974ZodiacPaul Deening
1974The Skin GameCharles Hornblower
1974And Mother Makes FiveMr. Witherspoon
1975Whodunnit?Roy Sharp
1976House of Mortal SinFather Bernard Cutler
1976Man About the HouseNorman Tripp
1976Orde WingateCpl. Thomas
1976–1980George and MildredJeffrey Fourmile
1976The SweeneyDet. Sgt. Robert Hargreaves
1976The Duchess of Duke StreetWilson
1976I, ClaudiusMarcus Vinicius
1976Centre PlayWilliam Wilson
1977Yanks Go HomeLt. Beamish Cooke-Cooke
1977Secret ArmySgt. Clifford Howson
19781990Tony Borden
1978Return of the SaintDetective Caufield
1978Return of the SaintInspector George
1980The ProfessionalsJimmy Keller
1983MayburyLarry Chalmers
1983The OutsiderDonald Harper
1985HilaryDr. Fenwick
1985MinderReverend Redwood
1985The Black TowerVictor Holroyd
1986Executive StressGascoigne
1987Late ExpectationsHarry
1989William TellWoodsman
1989After HenryPhilip
1990TaggartCommander Gunner
1991The Ruth Rendell MysteriesJon Walsh
1994CadfaelBaron Huon de Domville
1994All Night LongRoy Morris
1997The New Adventures of Robin HoodBaron Royston
1997Thief TakersCI Samson
1997One Foot in the GraveDetective Inspector Rickles
1998The Broker's ManLeigh Dunwell
1998Get RealMartin
1998DangerfieldSuperintendent Studley
1999Murder Most HorridDCI Reed
1999The BillTerry Riley
1999Harbour LightsMayor
1999Goodnight SweetheartPriestley
2000The BillMr. Gibbs
2007New TricksBilly Pierce
2011A Christmas CampaignCreative Director(Short)

Selected filmography


  1. Norman Eshley - Biography - IMDb
  2. Norman Eshley on IMDb
  3. "Discography – Nightfall in Middle-Earth". Blind Guardian Website. Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  4. Slade, Paul (23 October 2011). "What's an actor worth?". The Independent. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
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