Peter Jeffrey

Peter Jeffrey (18 April 1929 – 25 December 1999) was an English character actor, starting his performing career on stage, he would later have many roles in television and film.[1]

Peter Jeffrey
Jeffrey in an episode of Adam Adamant Lives!
Born(1929-04-18)18 April 1929
Bristol, England
Died25 December 1999(1999-12-25) (aged 70)
Years active1944–99
Spouse(s)Yvonne Bonnamy (1955–?) (divorced)
Jill Jowett (1990–1999) (his death)

Early life

Jeffrey was born in Bristol, the son of Florence Alice (née Weight) and Arthur Winfred Gilbert Jeffrey.[2] He was educated at Harrow School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, but had no formal training as an actor.


After many years on stage with the Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company, he became a very familiar face to British television viewers. From 25 May 1966 he appeared in Tango, a play by Sławomir Mrożek at the Aldwych Theatre alongside Patience Collier, Mike Pratt, Ursula Mohan and Dudley Sutton under director Trevor Nunn.[3]

Numerous television roles include two guest appearances in Doctor Who: as the Colony Pilot in The Macra Terror (1967) and as Count Grendel in The Androids of Tara (1978). It is reputed he had been offered the role of the lead character in the show by Innes Lloyd in 1966, but turned it down; Patrick Troughton was cast instead.

In 1971, he played Inspector Trout in The Abominable Dr. Phibes, a role he would reprise in 1972, in Dr. Phibes Rises Again.

He played King Philip II of Spain in the BBC serial Elizabeth R (1971) and Oliver Cromwell in By the Sword Divided (1985). He also appeared in Thriller (1974), Porridge (1975), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1975), Quiller (1975), Rising Damp (1978), Minder (1980), Nanny (1981), Juliet Bravo (1982), Yes Minister (1984), and Dennis Potter's Lipstick on Your Collar. In 1988, he played the villainous Sultan in the fantasy epic The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. In (1993), Our Friends in the North (1996), and many other series.


Jeffrey died on 25 December 1999 from prostate cancer.[4]



  1. "Peter Jeffrey".
  2. "Peter Jeffrey Biography (1929-)".
  3. "Lively Choice of Plays for Aldwych." The Times (London, England) 22 April 1966: p.17. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  4. "BBC News - ENTERTAINMENT - Actor Peter Jeffrey dies".
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