James Saxon

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James Saxon
Born William James Smyth[1]
(1954-06-12)12 June 1954
Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK
Died 2 July 2003(2003-07-02) (aged 48)
Chichester, Sussex, England, UK
Cause of death
Heart attack
Occupation Actor

James Saxon (12 June 1954 - 2 July 2003) was a British character actor. He often played aristocrats or middle class characters.

Having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made a career on screen with leading parts in television series such as the BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair (1987), the ITV comedy Brass (1983), the brief revival of Poldark (1996), Time Riders (1991) and Brush Strokes (1986).

His occasional guest appearances included Jonathan Creek (2001), as a school inspector in Chalk (1997), Murder Most Horrid (1994), Lovejoy (1993), A Touch of Frost (1994), Boon (1990) and Oscar Botcherby in the 1985 Doctor Who story, The Two Doctors, alongside both Colin Baker and Patrick Troughton.

James Saxon’s film appearances were less numerous, though his rich tones brought to life many audio adaptations, including some of the works of P. G. Wodehouse.

He died 2 July 2003 from a heart attack.


  1. ^ Find My Past/Ancestry

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