Jeff Rawle

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Jeff Rawle
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Born (1951-07-20) 20 July 1951 (age 62)
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973–present

Jeffrey Paul Rawle (born 20 July 1951) is a British actor, perhaps best known for playing the long-suffering George in the news-gathering sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey. He also played Silas Blissett in Hollyoaks from December 2010 until 2012.

Early life[edit]

Rawle was born in Birmingham, England; his family moved to Sheffield and it was at High Storrs Grammar school that he first became interested in drama when he appeared in school plays. He worked at the Sheffield Playhouse before training at LAMDA.[1]

Career[edit]

Rawle landed his first major role in 1973 as Billy in the TV version of Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's Billy Liar. In 1984 he appeared in the Doctor Who story Frontios as the character Plantaganet. He appeared in Faith in the Future on ITV from 1995–1998. In 2004, Rawle began appearing in the ITV series Doc Martin as Roger Fenn. The actor went on to make a guest appearance in the fourth episode of the fourth series of New Tricks as lawyer Jonathan Blunt. The following year, he starred in the fourth series of Spooks as the Home Secretary. He also appeared in Ultimate Force – "Never Go Back" alongside Ross Kemp.

Rawle played Amos Diggory father to Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson) in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 2008 saw Rawle play Gilbert Murray in the National Theatre's production of Tony Harrison's play Fram. The following year, the actor guested in The Bill and appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures on CBBC. During 2010, Rawle joined the cast of Hollyoaks in the role of Silas Blissett.[2] He stated that he was delighted to be playing such a sinister character.[3]

In October 2012, it was announced Rawle had joined the cast of Doctors as Rory Bishton, "a road sweeper with something to hide."[4] Rawle will make his screen debut as Rory in early 2013.[4] He previously appeared in the show in 2004.[4]

Rawle has provided numerous narrations including A Bear Called Paddington, three series of the Duchess of York's Budgie the Little Helicopter, Stephen Hawking's Universe and Tom Fort's The Grass is Always Greener for BBC Radio 4. Rawle writing credits include The Young Poisoner's Handbook in 1995 and Who Goes There?

Filmography[edit]

Title Year(s) Character Notes
Heading Out 2013 Donald One episode
An Adventure in Space and Time 2013 Mervyn Pinfield Television docudrama about the creation of Doctor Who in 1963
The Sarah Jane Adventures 2011 Lionel Harding Museum Curator, Revenge of the Mona Lisa
Hollyoaks &
Hollyoaks Later
2010–11, 2012 Silas Blissett regular role, played a serial killer called Silas Blissett
Sea of Souls 2006 James Norman TV series; episode Oracle
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 Amos Diggory Father of Cedric Diggory
A Touch of Frost 2005 Steve Markham TV series; episode Near Death Experience
Spooks 2005 Home Secretary Also known as MI-5 in the USA
TV series; episodes The Special: Part I and The Special: Part II
Holby City 2005 Ron Fell TV series; episode It's Kinda Rock 'n' Roll
Ultimate Force 2005 Cox TV series; episode Never Go Back
Doc Martin 2004–2007 Roger Fenn TV series; episodes Haemophobia, Sh*t Happens, Gentlemen Prefer, The Family Way, Happily Ever After[5]
My Dad's the Prime Minister 2004 Union leader TV series; episode Powerless
William and Mary 2004 George Emerson TV series; series 2 episode 5
Heartbeat 2004 Ken Simner TV series; episode Scent of a Kill
The Deputy 2004 Graham Hammond TV
The Royal 2004 Banks TV series; episode Doing Time
Doctors 2004 John Marshall TV series; episode A Late Flowering
Death in Holy Orders 2003 Father Peregrine Glover TV
Blackball 2003 Dennis
Midsomer Murders 2003 Derrick Seagrove TV series; episode A Talent for Life
Dalziel and Pascoe 2002 Raymond Miles TV series; episode Mens Sana
Take a Girl Like You 2000 Mr. Charlton TV
I Saw You 2000 Frank TV
Microsoap 1998 Colin TV series
Neville's Island 1998 Neville TV
Lord of Misrule 1996 Derek TV
Faith in the Future 1995-1998 Paul TV series
Look at the State We're In! 1995 Jeff Jarndyce TV mini-series
Wycliffe 1994 Reverend Jordan TV series; episode The Last Rites
Budgie the Little Helicopter 1994 TV series
Minder 1993 Jehovah's Witness TV series; episode Uneasy Rider
Casualty 1992 Len Jackson TV series; episode Silent Night, series 7 episode 12
The Life and Times of Henry Pratt 1992 Ezra Pratt TV series
A Perfect Hero 1991 Service Policeman TV series
This is David Harper 1990 Bob Benchley TV series; episode A List of Abuses
Drop the Dead Donkey 1990–1998 George Dent TV series
The Gift 1990 John Price TV miniseries
Testimony of a Child 1989 TV
The Bill 1988 Derek Pardoe TV series; episode Alarms and Embarrassments
Boon 1987 Maurice
also known as Billy Clutterbuck
TV series; episode Credit Where it's Due
Fortunes of War 1987 Sgt. Ridley TV miniseries
Call Me Mister 1986 TV series; episode Humpty Dumpty
The Doctor and the Devils 1985 Lambert
Remington Steele 1985 Chalky TV series; episode Steele Searching: Parts 1 and 2
Doctor Who 1984 Plantagenet TV series; episode Frontios
The Case of Marcel Duchamp 1984
Angels 1983 Jeff Harris TV series; episodes 22 and 24 of season 9
Bergerac 1983 Mitch TV series; episode Almost Like a Holiday
Crystal Gazing 1982 Julian
Juliet Bravo 1981 Steve Ramsey TV series; episode Lies and Liars
Hammer House of Horror 1980 Franks TV series; episode Charlie Boy
Home Before Midnight 1979 Johnnie McGee
Leave It to Charlie 1979 TV series; episode Never a Cross Word
The Wilde Alliance 1978 Pusher TV series; episode A Game for Two Players
A Hitch in Time 1978 'Sniffy' Kemp
The Life Story of Baal 1978 TV
Van der Valk 1977 Diederick TV Series; episode The Professor
Crown Court 1975 TV series; episode Bad Day at Black Cape
Billy Liar 1973 Billy Liar TV Series

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