26 May 1923 |
Guernsey, Channel Islands
|Known for||Brief Lives
A Moon for the Misbegotten
|Spouse(s)||Kay Newman (m. 1947; died 2007)|
|Children||Karen, Michele and Yvette Dotrice|
|Parents||Louis Dotrice and Neva Wilton|
|Awards||1 Tony Award
1 Drama Desk Award
1 British Academy Television Award
Life and career
Dotrice played the part of John Aubrey in Brief Lives, a one-man show that saw him on stage for more than two-and-a-half hours (including the interval, during which he would feign sleep). Premiering in 1967 at the Hampstead Theatre in London, the play had two tours on Broadway. In 1968, it moved to the Criterion Theatre in the West End, where it would run for 400 performances before transferring to the Mayfair Theatre.
These runs, combined with extensive international touring, earned Dotrice a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the greatest number of solo performances (1,782). In 1984, he starred opposite Rosemary Harris in a production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever. He appeared in the stage production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Lowry Theatre in Salford from November 2009 to January 2010.
In the 1970s, Dotrice played the title role in the television mini-series Dickens of London. He also appeared as Albert Haddock in the BBC TV adaptation of A.P. Herbert's Misleading Cases in 1971. He is known to North American audiences as Father in the 1980s American TV series Beauty and the Beast, although his acting career dates back to 1945 in a revue called Back Home, performed by ex-POWs in aid of the Red Cross.
Dotrice is known to Buffyverse fans as Roger Wyndam-Pryce, the overbearing father of the character Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. An earlier science-fiction role was Commissioner Simmonds in two episodes of the 1970s series Space: 1999. He played Father Gary Barrett in Picket Fences from 1992 to 1995. In 1998, Dotrice appeared in three episodes of the series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Zeus to Kevin Sorbo's Hercules.
In June 2010, it was announced that Dotrice would be playing the role of Grand Maester Pycelle in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books. Dotrice later withdrew from the part for medical reasons, after which Julian Glover was cast in his place. Shortly after filming for the second season commenced, it was confirmed that Dotrice would be returning to play Pyromancer Hallyne, who is featured in the instalments "The Ghost of Harrenhal" and "Blackwater".
Radio and Audiobooks
In 1982, BBC Radio 4 broadcast Dotrice's reading of fellow Guernseyman G.B. Edwards' classic novel The Book of Ebenezer Le Page in twenty-eight 15-minute parts on its Woman's Hour segment. The producer subsequently wrote that the serialisation was "without question the most popular serial I have ever done in the 500 or so I have produced in the last 21 years..."
He subsequently performed "The Islander", a stage version of The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, to critical success at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln. In 2012, AudioGo produced a complete and unabridged recording of Ebenezer Le Page.
Dotrice has recorded audiobooks for each book in George R. R. Martin's series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He earned a place in the Guinness World Records in 2004 for the highest number of character voices by a single actor for the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones (in which he voices a total of 224 characters).
TV and Filmography
- The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
- A Twist of Sand (1968)
- Lock Up Your Daughters (1969)
- Toomorrow (1970)
- The Buttercup Chain (1970)
- Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
- One of Those Things (1971)
- Hide and Seek (1972)
- Tales From The Crypt (1972)
- Space: 1999 (1975, TV series)
- Dickens of London (1976, TV series)
- Saturn 3 (1980), voice overdub of Harvey Keitel
- Family Reunion (1981)
- Amadeus (1984)
- Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984)
- Eliminators (1986)
- Shaka Zulu (1986, TV series)
- The Wizard (1986, TV series)
- Faerie Tale Theatre: "The Dancing Princesses" and "Rip Van Winkle" (1987, TV series)
- Beauty and the Beast (1987–90, TV series)
- Suburban Commando (1991)
- For the Greater Good (1991, TV)
- The Good Policeman (1991)
- The Cutting Edge (1992)
- The Lounge People (1992)
- Picket Fences (1992, TV series)
- Going to Extremes (1992, TV series)
- Swimming with Sharks (1994)
- Children of the Dark (1994, TV)
- The Scarlet Letter (1995)
- Babylon 5: "The Fall of Night" (1995, TV)
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996, TV series)
- Like Father, Like Santa (1998 TV series)
- Sliders (1999, TV series)
- Madigan Men (2000, TV series)
- Angel (2003, TV series)
- Alien Hunter (2003)
- Life Begins (2004, TV series)
- La Femme Musketeer (2004, TV mini-series)
- Olympiad 448 BC: Olympiad of Ancient Hellas (2004)
- Played (2006)
- These Foolish Things (2006)
- Go Go Tales (2007)
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
- Game of Thrones (2012, TV series)
- Watership Down (audio book)
- Robin Hood (TV series)
- The Prince and the Pauper (audio book)
- Batman: The Animated Series: "The Lion and the Unicorn" as Frederick
- A Postcard from Satan
- Spider-Man (TV series) as Keene Marlow/The Destroyer
- The Death Gate Cycle Vol. 4: Serpent Mage (audio book)
- A Song of Ice and Fire series (audio books), voicing more than 500 distinct characters
Dotrice was married to Katherine "Kay" Newman, a television and stage actress, from 1947 until her death in 2007. They had three daughters—Michele, Yvette and Karen—all of whom acted at various points in their lives. He was the father-in-law of actor Edward Woodward, the deceased husband of Michele.
- Roy Dotrice Biography
- George R.R. Martin's Not A Blog post, detailing Grand Maester Pycelle's re-casting
- "Roy Dotrice is Pyromancer Hallyne". WinterIsComing.net. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
- In a letter to Edward Chaney, cited in his "G.B. Edwards – Author of the Sarnia Cherie: The Book of Ebenezer Le Page," Review of the Guernsey Society, Parts 1–3, 1994–95.
- Westeros.org casting announcement
- Kay Dotrice, IMDb. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- Passings, The Los Angeles Times, 9 August 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- Official website
- Roy Dotrice at the Internet Movie Database
- Roy Dotrice at the Internet Broadway Database
- Roy Dotrice at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Selected Performances at the Theatre Archive, University of Bristol
- Two Old Stagers Find Vigour in Brief Lives
- Roy Dotrice's appearance on This Is Your Life