Jeff Stewart (actor)

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Jeff Stewart
Jeff Stewart October 2012.jpg
Stewart on the set of The Bill, October 2012.
Born Jeffrey Stewart
(1955-10-28) 28 October 1955 (age 58)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–present
Website
www.jeffstewartactor.com

Jeffrey Stewart (born 28 October 1955) is a British actor, probably best known as PC Reg Hollis in the ITV drama The Bill, a role he played from 1984 to 2008.

In 2009, Stewart shot a film in Chester, New York portraying a German-Russian in a Soviet prison in Under Jakob's Ladder[1][2] alongside Australian actor Christopher Elliott, and produced by Roberto Munoz. He won best actor at the 2011 Manhattan Film Festival for the role.[3] He also voiced Mr. Tickle in The Mr. Men Show.

Stewart has played numerous roles in other television series, including Harry Fellows in Crossroads in 1981 (his first television appearance) and Dukkha in the Doctor Who story Kinda in 1982. He played a police constable in Hi-De-Hi! in 1983, the same year "Woodentop" (the pilot episode of "The Bill"), aired.

Reg Hollis is mentioned but not seen in "Woodentop", so Stewart's first appearance in the series was in the first regular episode, "Funny Ol' Business - Cops & Robbers". By March 2007 Stewart was the last member of the cast remaining from that first episode.

On 8 January 2008 Stewart cut his wrists after being told that his contract for The Bill would not be renewed. He survived the suicide attempt after calling for help and being taken to hospital by ambulance.[4]

Stewart later said of the incident: "I love being an actor. My work as an actor is very important to me - it's my life, and the thought of this suddenly changing had an extremely serious effect on me."[5]

In 2009, Stewart appeared in the video for "Black and Blue" by Swedish band Miike Snow. The video, directed by Vince Haycock, was shot on location in Hackney, London, and featured Stewart as a recluse musician with a penchant for creating animatronic performers in his dingy apartment, and presented the long hair and a large beard he had grown in the year since he left The Bill.[6]

Stewart was born in Aberdeen but moved with his family to Southampton, Hampshire when he was three months old. His father initially worked in the shipyards and then for Fawley oil refinery.[7]

Stewart is fond of the Hotel Chelsea in New York City, having stayed there on a number of occasions during the 2000s. He is friends with a number of the building's permanent residents. Stewart was staying at the Chelsea in the summer of 2011 when the hotel changed ownership and closed to transient guests. Stewart initially refused to leave, even calling in the police to assist him but was eventually persuaded to depart by hotel staff.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1981 The Nightmare Man Drummond TV movie
Crossroads Harry Fellows TV series (1 episode: "26 May 1981")
1982 Doctor Who Dukkha TV series (2 episodes)
1983 Reilly: Ace of Spies Jenkins TV series (1 episode: "Endgame")
Angels Zac TV series (1 episode: "Episode #9.20")
Hi-de-Hi! Police Constable TV series (1 episode: "Save Our Heritage")
1984 Minder Mick TV series (1 episode: "The Car Lot Baggers")
The Bill PC Reg Hollis TV series (872 episodes: 1984-2008)
1985 Lytton's Diary Boxer TV series (1 episode: "Come Uppance")
1988 Help! Tinsnip Eddie TV series (1 episode: "The Milk of Human Kindness")
1989 Can I get a Witness Defendant Music video for Sam Brown's cover of Marvin Gay's Can I Get a Witness
1996 The Bill: Target P.C. Hollis video
2004 TV Burp PC Reg Hollis TV series (1 episode: "Episode #3.1")
The Bill Uncovered: Des and Reg PC Reg Hollis TV movie
The Bill @ 21 PC Reg Hollis TV movie
2006 A Dogges Tale Man short
2007 The Dame Edna Treatment PC Reg Hollis TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.6")
2008 Phlegm Noir Man 1 short
2009 Alice & the Bear Maitre D short
Dead Man Running Tiffany's Client
2010 Bloody Foreigners Belland TV series (1 episode: "Great Fire of London")
Tomorrow The Chef short
2011 Under Jakob's Ladder Jakob Manhattan Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Blood on the Border Agent Martinez pre-production
Lords of Magic Reverend Ayton pre-production
Billy pre-production
1066 Earl Siward pre-production
2012 The Family Inheritance Guru Swami announced
2012 Hot Wings Bobby Filming
2013 Lake Placid: The Final Chapter Deputy Nermal Film
2014 Phineas and Ferb Jek Tono Porkins Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars

Awards[edit]

2011 Manhattan Film Festival

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Under Jakob's Ladder (2010)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Independent Filmmakers | CubeCity entertainment". Cubecity.org. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  3. ^ a b Cara Buckley (1 August 2011). "The Chelsea Guest Who Wouldn’t Leave". New York Times. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sacked Bill star out of hospital". BBC. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2008. 
  5. ^ Schmidt, Veronica (11 January 2008). "The Bill's Jeff Stewart explains self-harm incident". London: Times Online. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "Ex Bill Star Jeff Stewart starring in Miike Snow Video". The Sun. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Liam Rudden (18 August 2010). "Interview: Jeff Stewart, actor, The Bill". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Zauderer, Alyssa (1 August 2011). "Manhattan Film Festival Concludes With Awards Ceremony". WPIX-TV. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 

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