26 May 1923 |
Guernsey, Channel Islands
|Spouse(s)||Kay Dotrice (1947-2007; her death)|
Life and career 
Dotrice was born in Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, the son of Neva (née Wilton) and Louis Dotrice. He served with the Royal Air Force from 1940 to 1945 during World War II, and was imprisoned in a German POW camp from 1942 to 1945.
He was married to Kay Newman from 1947 until her death in 2007, and they had three daughters: Michele, Yvette and Karen, all of whom acted at various points in their careers. He was also the father-in-law of the now deceased actor Edward Woodward (only seven years Dotrice's junior), who was Michele Dotrice's husband.
Dotrice played the part of John Aubrey in Brief Lives, a one-man tour de force where he was on stage for more than two and a half hours, including the interval when he pretended to sleep. The play premiered in 1967 at the Hampstead Theatre in London. It subsequently had two Broadway engagements and transferred in 1968 to the West End’s Criterion Theatre where it played 400 performances before moving to the Mayfair Theatre. Those 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 an acclaimed production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever.
In the 1970s, he played Charles Dickens in the miniseries Dickens of London, presented in the United States as a thirteen part series on Masterpiece Theatre. He may be best best known to North American audiences as "Father" in the 1980s U.S. television series, Beauty and the Beast, though his acting career dates back to 1945, in a revue called Back Home, performed by ex-prisoners of war, in aid of the Red Cross, after which he played in a number of repertory theatres. He appeared on BBC television in 1971 as Albert Haddock, in the televised version of A.P. Herbert's Misleading Cases, a satire on the British legal system. He played Leopold Mozart in the 1984 film Amadeus.
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 episodes on Woman's Hour. The producer of this programme subsequently wrote that this serialization was: "without question, the most popular serial I have ever done in the five hundred or so I have produced in the last twenty-one years..."  He subsequently performed "The Islander", a stage version of The Book of Ebenezer le Page to great critical success at the Theatre Royal Lincoln. AudioGo has now (in 2012) produced a complete and unabridged recording of Ebenezer le Page. http://www.audiogo.com/uk/catalogsearch/result/index/?audio_type=4&cat=&q=ebenezer+le+page
He is also known to fans of the Buffyverse in the role of Roger Wyndam-Pryce, the overbearing father of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. Another science fiction role was Commissioner Simmonds in two episodes of season 1 of Space: 1999. He played Father Gary Barrett in the TV series Picket Fences from 1992-95. In 1998, Dotrice appeared in three episodes of the cult television show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Zeus, King of the Greek gods and father of Hercules, played by Kevin Sorbo. He played on tour in February 2008 in a revival of Brief Lives and appeared in the stage production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Lowry Theatre, Salford from 27 November 2009 to 9 January 2010.
In June 2010, it was announced that Dotrice would be playing the role of Grand Maester Pycelle in the HBO series Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Dotrice has recorded the audiobooks of the five novels currently (as of 2013) in the series, earning a place in the Guinness World Records in 2004 for the most character voices by an individual for the first, A Game of Thrones (with 224 distinct characters) and had also worked with Martin on Beauty and the Beast. Dotrice later withdrew for medical reasons, and Julian Glover was cast in his place. Dotrice's relationship with the series didn't end there, though; shortly after filming for the second season began, it was confirmed that he would be playing Pyromancer Hallyne.
- Watership Down (audio book)
- Robin Hood (TV series)
- The Prince and the Pauper (audio book)
- Batman: The Animated Series - Frederick, episode The Lion and the Unicorn
- A Postcard From Satan
- Spider-Man - Keene Marlow/The Destroyer
- The Death Gate Cycle Vol. 4: Serpent Mage (audio book)
- Five volumes of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire (audio books), voicing more than 500 different characters
- Roy Dotrice Biography
- 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, 1994-5.
- Westeros.org casting announcement
- George R.R. Martin's Not A Blog post detailing Grand Maester Pycelle's recasting
- "Roy Dotrice is Pyromancer Hallyne". WinterIsComing.net. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
- Roy Dotrice official website
- Roy Dotrice at the Internet Broadway Database
- Roy Dotrice at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Roy Dotrice at the Internet Movie Database
- Selected performances on the theatre archive, University of Bristol
- Brief Lives Revival!
- Two old stagers find vigour in Brief Lives