Jeffrey Holland

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Jeffrey Holland
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Jeffrey Holland in May 2011.
Born (1946-07-17) 17 July 1946 (age 67)
Walsall, Staffordshire, England
Spouse(s) Judy Buxton

Jeffrey Holland (born Jeffrey Parkes, 17 July 1946) is an English actor well known for roles in television sitcoms, as well as BBC Radio comedy, including Week Ending.

Early life and career[edit]

Educated at Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall, Holland joined an amateur theatre company and worked at a wine merchants and in the office of a manufacturing company before becoming a professional actor. He appeared in an episode of Dixon of Dock Green, Are You Being Served, several episodes of Crossroads and as a soldier in an episode of Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum. He broke through to public fame in the role of Spike Dixon, the camp comic at the Maplin's holiday camp in Hi-de-Hi!. He later appeared in Russ Abbot's Madhouse.

The writers David Croft and Jimmy Perry reprised the three key Hi-de-Hi characters and their traits:

  • Paul Shane - a dodgy, amoral character who likes to look after Number One
  • Holland - a sensible, kind and very moral role to counter the roles played by Shane
  • Su Pollard - a lovable scatterbrained character

The other Perry/Croft sitcoms in which the characters appeared were You Rang, M'Lord? (1988–1993), in which the comedy situation was an aristocrat (Lord Meldrum) and his servants. Then written with Richard Spendlove there was Oh, Doctor Beeching! (1995–1997) in which the characters were the staff at a country railway station threatened with closure by Dr Beeching in the 1960s.

In 2002, Holland hosted the controversial series, Jeffrey's Holland on UK Cable channel, 'Bravo'. In the six part series, Holland appeared to be intoxicated in in an Amsterdam drug cafe, attended a live sex show (and participated), urinated into a dam in Utrecht whilst skinny dipping, and joined in with an organised football riot with FC Eindhoven fans. Holland also got the tattoo, Ik zal voor Ajax sterven (I will die for Ajax), after losing an arm wrestling and drinking competition with Ajax fans. Holland later commented in an interview with website Digital Spy that the show, was an opportunity for the public to see the real Netherlands...and the real me. I am what you see on screen. I can be a bit of 'a lad. The show has never been repeated.

In 2012 he was cast in the film version of Ray Cooney's farce Run For Your Wife.

Personal life[edit]

Holland is married to the actress Judy Buxton.

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1980 to 1988 Hi-de-Hi! Spike Dixon
1988 to 1993 You Rang, M'Lord? James Twelvetrees
1996 to 1997 Oh, Doctor Beeching! Cecil Parkin


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