Trevor Peacock

Trevor Peacock (born 19 May 1931) is an English stage and television character actor and former screenwriter and songwriter. He is best known for playing Jim Trott in the BBC comedy series The Vicar of Dibley, alongside Dawn French. He was born in Tottenham, North London, the son of Alexandria and Victor Peacock.[2]

Trevor Peacock
Trevor Peacock

(1931-05-19) 19 May 1931
Tottenham, England
OccupationActor, screenwriter, songwriter
Spouse(s)Iris Jones (divorced)
Tilly Tremayne (present)[1]
ChildrenDaniel Peacock
Harry Peacock
Sally Peacock
Maudie Peacock
Parent(s)Victor Peacock
Alexandria Peacock

Television and film career

Peacock's many television roles include Jim Trott in The Vicar of Dibley, Rouault in Madame Bovary (opposite Keith Barron), Quilp in The Old Curiosity Shop and Old Bailey in Neverwhere. He appeared in diverse programmes such as EastEnders (playing Sid, a war veteran Alfie Moon met in France), LWT's Wish Me Luck (in which he played resistance leader Renard), Jonathan Creek, Between the Lines and My Family.

Peacock had starring roles in several of the BBC Shakespeare series, including the title role in Titus Andronicus, Feste in Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Lord Talbot in Henry VI, Part 1 and Jack Cade in Henry VI, Part 2. He was the Gravedigger in Franco Zeffirelli's 1990 film version of Hamlet, Old Joe in the 1999 Patrick Stewart version of A Christmas Carol, and the Innkeeper in the 2000 made-for-television film version of Don Quixote.

Peacock played the father of Father Christmas in the 2007 film Fred Claus co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. In July 2009 he also had a bit part in the TV drama Hotel Babylon. He has also appeared as "Captain Zero" in the BBC TV series Last of The Summer Wine (1990) and as Maurey in The Sins (2000). In 2012 he played George in Quartet, a British comedy-drama film based on the play of the same title.

Peacock is also a noted songwriter. He wrote the 1960s pop classic "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter", which was recorded by Herman's Hermits.[3] Other hit songs to his credit include "Mystery Girl" (recorded by Jess Conrad),[4] "Made You" (Adam Faith),[5] "Gossip Calypso" (Bernard Cribbins),[6] "Stick Around" (Billy Fury),[7] "That's What Love Will Do"[8] and "Nature's Time For Love"[9] (both recorded by Joe Brown).

Peacock wrote the lyrics for a number of hits by The Vernons Girls. The songs include "Be Nice To Him Mama", "You Know What I Mean", "Funny All Over" and "We Love The Beatles".[10] He wrote the lyrics for the musical show, Passion Flower Hotel (music by John Barry), and for a musical based on the popular newspaper cartoon strip, Andy Capp (music by Alan Price). Before his acting career took off, he compered Drumbeat for the BBC and wrote scripts for Oh Boy! and Six-Five Special. He starred in the 1991 fantasy BBC radio play Heart of Hark'un. In 2002 he filmed an episode of Dinotopia in Budapest; playing the mysterious sage Lok in "Night of the Wartosa". In 2010 he appeared in The Old Guys and I, Claudius.

Theatre career

Peacock has acted in the theatre throughout his career and has been particularly associated with the Royal Exchange, Manchester.[11][12] In addition to performing in many productions since the theatre opened in 1976, he has also written a number of shows for the company. These include:

Acting credits

Peacock's acting credits include:[11][12]

Personal life

Peacock has been married twice. His first marriage was to Iris Jones, from whom he is divorced. His second wife is Tilly Tremayne.[1] Peacock has two sons, actors Daniel Peacock and Harry Peacock. He lived in the village of East Coker, Somerset[13] and is a supporter of Yeovil Town. Peacock was diagnosed with dementia in 2009, and it was reported in 2017 that he had advanced dementia and had retired from acting, living in a nursing home in Yeovil. His last role was in the 2015 Vicar of Dibley Comic Relief Special.[14]


  1. "Tilly relishes the Turing challenge". Northampton Chronicle. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  2. "Trevor Peacock profile". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  3. Ruhlmann, William. "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits: Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  4. "Mystery Girl - Jess Conrad: Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  5. "Adam Faith: Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  6. "Gossip Calypso - Bernard Cribbins: Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  7. "Stick Around - Billy Fury: Listen, Appearances, Song Review". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  8. "That's What Love Will Do - Joe Brown : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  9. "Nature's Time for Love - Joe Brown: Listen, Appearances, Song Review". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  10. Eder, Bruce. "Very Best of Vernon Girls - The Vernons Girls". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  11. Murray, Braham (2007). The Worst It Can Be Is a Disaster. London: Methuen Drama; ISBN 978-0-7136-8490-2.
  12. The Royal Exchange Theatre Company Words & Pictures 1976–1998; ISBN 0-9512017-1-9
  13. "Villagers hold referendum to beat sprawl". BBC News. 18 September 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2014.

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