Peter Jeffrey

For the Australian air ace, see Peter Jeffrey (RAAF officer).
Peter Jeffrey

Jeffrey in an episode of Adam Adamant Lives!
Born (1929-04-18)18 April 1929
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Died 25 December 1999(1999-12-25) (aged 70)
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK
Cause of death Prostate cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 194499
Spouse(s) Yvonne Bonnamy (1955-?) (divorced)
Jill Jowett (1990-1999) (his death)
Children Dinah Jeffrey
Barney Jeffrey
Victoria Jeffrey
Emily Jeffrey
Catherine Jeffrey

Peter Jeffrey (18 April 1929 25 December 1999) was an English actor with many roles in television and film.[1]

Early life

Jeffrey was born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, 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), Yes Minister (1984), 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]



  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

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