Freddie Jones

For the former NFL tight end, see Freddie Jones (American football). For other people, see Fred Jones (disambiguation).
Freddie Jones
Born Frederick Charles Jones
(1927-09-12) 12 September 1927
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963-present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Heselwood (1965-present)
Children Toby, Rupert, Casper

Frederick Charles "Freddie" Jones[1][2] (born 12 September 1927) is an English character actor. He currently plays Sandy Thomas in Emmerdale.

Life and career

Jones was born in the town of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent,[3] the son of Ida Elizabeth (née Goodwin) and Charles Edward Jones.[2] He became an actor after ten years of working as a laboratory assistant with the British Ceramic Research Association in Penkhull, leaving (according to him) because of a 'ban on beards '. He was then able to pursue his hobby of acting on a full-time basis. He was trained at the prestigious Rose Bruford College and became famous for his award-winning role as Claudius in the 1968 British television series The Caesars.

He narrated the award-winning video Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind: Pollination.[4] He plays the character Sandy Thomas in ITV's Emmerdale. He appeared in David Lynch's films The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), Wild at Heart (1990) as well as the short-lived TV series On The Air (1992) and the short film Hotel Room (1993). Jones created the part of Sir in the original production of The Dresser by Ronald Harwood at the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

Actor Toby Jones is the eldest of Freddie and Jennifer (née Heslewood) Jones's three sons.[5]





  1. Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at
  2. 1 2 "Freddie Jones - nostalgia - Stoke & Staffordshire - Stoke Sentinel". Stoke Sentinel.
  3. Stoke-on-trent: Freddie of the five towns,, 12 February 2001.
  4. Sexual Encounters Of The Floral Kind: Pollination,; accessed 20 June 2015.
  5. "Quiet genius of Toby Jones: From The Hunger Games to Truman Capote, Hollywood can't get enough of British acting's most versatile talent", The Independent, 13 September 2014; accessed 15 March 2015.
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