Norman Eshley (born 30 May 1945) is an English actor best known for his television roles.
|Born||30 May 1945|
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|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.
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. 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.
Along with Douglas Fielding, he provided the narration for the Blind Guardian album Nightfall in Middle-Earth. He had roles in the BBC TV series New Tricks (2007) and A Christmas Campaign (short, 2011). In 2019, he appeared in the documentary The Immortal Orson Welles, directed by Chris Wade.
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.
|1968||A Most Unfortunate Accident||Roger|
|1968||A Man of Our Times||Simon|
|1968||Mystery and Imagination||Jean Lemaistre|
|1970||Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)||Mike Hales|
|1972||The Regiment||Simon Howarth|
|1972||A Splinter of Ice||Jude|
|1972||Play for Today||Dave Osmond|
|1973||Between the Wars||Vincent|
|1973||Vienna 1900||Alfred Beratoner|
|1973||Warship||Lieutenant Bob Last|
|1974||Man About the House||Ian Cross|
|1974||The Onedin Line||Hon. Hugh Kernan|
|1974||The Skin Game||Charles Hornblower|
|1974||And Mother Makes Five||Mr. Witherspoon|
|1976||House of Mortal Sin||Father Bernard Cutler|
|1976||Man About the House||Norman Tripp|
|1976||Orde Wingate||Cpl. Thomas|
|1976–1980||George and Mildred||Jeffrey Fourmile|
|1976||The Sweeney||Det. Sgt. Robert Hargreaves|
|1976||The Duchess of Duke Street||Wilson|
|1976||I, Claudius||Marcus Vinicius|
|1976||Centre Play||William Wilson|
|1977||Yanks Go Home||Lt. Beamish Cooke-Cooke|
|1977||Secret Army||Sgt. Clifford Howson|
|1978||Return of the Saint||Detective Caufield|
|1978||Return of the Saint||Inspector George|
|1980||The Professionals||Jimmy Keller|
|1983||The Outsider||Donald Harper|
|1985||The Black Tower||Victor Holroyd|
|1991||The Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Jon Walsh|
|1994||Cadfael||Baron Huon de Domville|
|1994||All Night Long||Roy Morris|
|1997||The New Adventures of Robin Hood||Baron Royston|
|1997||Thief Takers||CI Samson|
|1997||One Foot in the Grave||Detective Inspector Rickles|
|1998||The Broker's Man||Leigh Dunwell|
|1999||Murder Most Horrid||DCI Reed|
|1999||The Bill||Terry Riley|
|2000||The Bill||Mr. Gibbs|
|2007||New Tricks||Billy Pierce|
|2011||A Christmas Campaign||Creative Director||(Short)|
- The Immortal Story (1968) – Paul, the sailor
- The Lost Continent (1968) – Jonathan, the Prisoner
- Crossplot (1969) – Athol
- See No Evil (1971) – Steve Reding
- House of Mortal Sin (1975) – Father Bernard Cutler
- The Disappearance (1977) – Young Husband
- George and Mildred (1980) – Jeffrey Fourmile
- Empty Mirror (2000) – Oz Riley
- The Immortal Orson Welles (2019) - Himself
- Norman Eshley - Biography - IMDb
- Norman Eshley on IMDb
- "Discography – Nightfall in Middle-Earth". Blind Guardian Website. Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
- Slade, Paul (23 October 2011). "What's an actor worth?". The Independent. Retrieved 16 November 2015.