Royce Mills

Royce Mills (12 May 1942 – 21 May 2019) was an English television, stage and film actor.[2]

Royce Mills
Born
Anthony Royce Mills[1]

(1942-05-12)12 May 1942
Died21 May 2019(2019-05-21) (aged 77)
Occupationactor
Spouse(s)Emma Taylor
Partner(s)Emma Taylor

He attended Eastbourne College, then studied fine art for 5 years and qualified as a theatre designer before attending the Guildhall School where he was a prize-winning student.[3] He then joined in Bristol Old Vic and appeared in many theatres. In later years, he proved himself to be among the finest pantomime dames in the country, notably in his appearances at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.[4] Mills was a performer with the Theatre of Comedy (from 1983), whose artistic director was Ray Cooney, and at the National Theatre.[1] From around 1999, he appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan productions for the revived D'Oyly Carte company at the Savoy Theatre.[3]

Mills made numerous television and film appearances including History of the World, Part I (1981) and the Frankie Howerd films Up Pompeii and Up the Chastity Belt (1971), and has appeared with many entertainers including; Marti Caine, Bing Crosby, Jim Davidson, Les Dawson, Dick Emery and Mike Yarwood.[5] He also provided voiceovers for many television commercials.[6]

Mills died on 21 May 2019, at the age of 77.[3]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1971Up PompeiiNausius
1971Sunday Bloody SundayBob's Partner
1972Up the Chastity BeltKnotweed
1981History of the World, Part IDuke D'Honnefleur(The French Revolution)
1984Real LifeAndrew Bazzard
2012Run for Your WifeMan in Church Hall(final film role)
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1964CrossroadsGilbert Latham
1969Oh Brother!1 episode
1970Doctor in the HouseDr. Dave Peters1 epísode
1973Armchair TheatreUsher1 episode
1973Pippins
1977The Tomorrow PeopleDr. Taylor1 episode
1978-1980Rings on Their FingersKen / Graham2 episodes
1979SykesDr. Pinto1 episode
1992Keeping Up AppearancesDorian1 episode
1984-1988Doctor WhoDalekVoice, 7 episodes
1984-1989MinderAndrew4 episodes
2002SpooksToby McInnesUncredited, 1 episode

References

  1. "Royce Mills". The Times. London. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019. (subscription required)
  2. "Royce Mills". BFI.
  3. Quinn, Michael (31 May 2019). "Obituary: Royce Mills – 'master farceur and much-admired pantomime dame'". The Stage. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  4. "Mills Royce - Artist Information and Profile". therichardstonepartnership.co.uk.
  5. "Royce Mills". aveleyman.com.
  6. "Royce Mills". Mandy Voiceovers.
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