|Jeeves, Drones Club character|
|First appearance||"The Masked Troubadour" (1936)|
|Last appearance||"Jeeves and the Greasy Bird" (1965)|
|Created by||P. G. Wodehouse|
|Portrayed by||John Elmes
|Full name||Claude Cattermole Potter-Pirbright|
|Family||Cora "Corky" Potter-Pirbright (sister)|
Claude Cattermole "Catsmeat" Potter-Pirbright is a recurring fictional character in the Jeeves and Drones Club stories of English comic writer P. G. Wodehouse, being a longtime school friend of Jeeves's master Bertie Wooster and a member of the Drones Club. An actor known as "Claude Cattermole" on stage, he is known to his friends by the nickname "Catsmeat".
Life and character
The son of a theatrical music writer and a New York actress named Elsie Cattermole, Claude Cattermole "Catsmeat" Potter-Pirbright is the brother of actress Cora "Corky" Pirbright, who is also known by her stage name, Cora Starr. Catsmeat is engaged to Gertrude Winkworth, the daughter of Dame Daphne Winkworth. Himself a West End actor, Catsmeat generally plays the role of the hero's light-hearted friend carrying the second love interest in comedies. Catsmeat and Bertie Wooster went together to Malvern House Preparatory School, where Catsmeat was described in a report by the headmaster Aubrey Upjohn as "brilliant but unsound". He was also with Bertie at secondary school at Eton, and at the University of Oxford.
Catsmeat's nickname is probably derived at least in part from the similarity of "Cattermole" to "cat's meat" (meaning meat prepared for cats).
In The Code of the Woosters, he attends the pre-wedding dinner for Gussie Fink-Nottle, where Bertie Wooster keeps Catsmeat from giving his imitation of Beatrice Lillie. Catsmeat is responsible for a mix-up involving a "Borstal Rovers" football jersey in Joy in the Morning.
His main role is in the Jeeves novel The Mating Season, during which he gets Gussie Fink-Nottle to climb fully clothed into the Trafalgar Square fountain. In that novel, he pretends to be Bertie's valet, calling himself Meadowes, and inadvertently becomes temporarily engaged to Queenie Silversmith. He also appears in "Jeeves and the Greasy Bird", in which he and Bertie discuss the theatrical agent, Jas Waterbury.
Catsmeat is featured in:
- Lord Emsworth and Others (1937)
- "The Masked Troubadour" (1936) – Drone Freddie Widgeon
- The Mating Season (1949) – Jeeves
- Nothing Serious (1950)
- "The Shadow Passes" (1950) – Drone Bingo Little
- Plum Pie (1966)
Catsmeat is mentioned in:
- Right Ho, Jeeves (1934) – Jeeves
- The Luck of the Bodkins (1935) – Drone Monty Bodkin
- Joy in the Morning (1946) – Jeeves
- A Few Quick Ones (1959)
- Jeeves in the Offing – Jeeves
- John Elmes portrayed Catsmeat in the 1990-1993 television series Jeeves and Wooster in series 3, episode 4.
- Kenneth Fortescue voiced Catsmeat in an adaptation of The Mating Season in the 1973-1981 series, What Ho! Jeeves.
- List of Jeeves characters, an alphabetical list of Jeeves characters
- List of P. G. Wodehouse characters in the Jeeves stories, a categorized outline of Jeeves characters
- List of Jeeves and Wooster characters, a list of characters in the television series
- Murray Hedgcock (2011), "Extras", Wodehouse at the Wicket, Random House, p. 197
- Garrison (1991), p. 152-153.
- Ring & Jaggard (1999), pp. 203-4.
- Cawthorne (2013), p. 217.
- "Jeeves and Wooster Series 3, Episode 4". British Comedy Guide. BBC. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "What Ho, Jeeves!: 1: Deverill Hall". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- Cawthorne, Nigel (2013). A Brief Guide to Jeeves and Wooster. Constable & Robinson. ISBN 978-1-78033-824-8.
- Garrison, Daniel H. (1991) . Who's Who in Wodehouse (Revised ed.). Constable & Robinson. ISBN 1-55882-087-6.
- Reggie (2007-03-16). "Wodehouse Who's Who: Claude Pirbright". Blandings, a Companion to the Works of P. G. Wodehouse. Archived from the original on 2007-07-22.
- Ring, Tony; Jaggard, Geoffrey (1999). Wodehouse in Woostershire. Porpoise Books. ISBN 1-870-304-19-5.