James Dreyfus

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James Dreyfus
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Born (1968-10-09) 9 October 1968 (age 51)
NationalityBritish
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present
Notable work
The Thin Blue Line (1995–96)
Absolutely Fabulous (1995–96)
Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999–2001, 2006)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2011)
Mount Pleasant (2012–17)

James Dreyfus (born 9 October 1968) is an English actor, most notable for his roles on television sitcoms The Thin Blue Line as Constable Kevin Goody, and Gimme Gimme Gimme as Tom Farrell. Dreyfus is most recently known for his role as Reverend Roger in Mount Pleasant.

Early life[edit]

He was born in France but moved to England at an early age and was educated at Harrow School[1] and then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[2] His parents divorced when he was very young.[3][4]

Career[edit]

In 1998, Dreyfus won the Best Supporting Performance in a Musical Olivier Award for his work in The Lady In The Dark at the National Theatre. In the same year, he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at the Birmingham Rep.

Dreyfus's first television break came with the BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous.[5] followed by roles as Constable Kevin Goody in Ben Elton's sitcom The Thin Blue Line and Tom Farrell, the gay flatmate of Linda (Kathy Burke) in Gimme Gimme Gimme. Dreyfus played opposite Bette Midler in the short-lived American sitcom Bette.

Known for portraying "camp, endearing characters," Dreyfus (in a Sheengate Publishing interview) compared the character Frank Spencer from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, whom he described as a campy but married heterosexual, to Dreyfus's character Kevin Goody from The Thin Blue Line. Regarding his character Tom Farrell from Gimme Gimme Gimme, Dreyfus hypothesized that, even if the character were heterosexual, the actor would still portray Tom as camp and flamboyant.[6] Furthermore, Dreyfus said that he felt that he became typecast due to his portrayals of "flamboyant" characters.[6]

He played Thermoman in the BBC One comedy My Hero, a role he took over in the sixth series from Ardal O'Hanlon. Although the same character, he used the name George Monday, as opposed to Ardal O'Hanlon's character's name, George Sunday. After disappointing ratings, the show was cancelled.

Dreyfus also starred as Mr Teasy-Weasy in the 2004 comedy film Churchill: The Hollywood Years.

From 2012 to 2017, Dreyfus appeared as Reverend Roger in the Sky Living series Mount Pleasant.

In 2017 he voiced the first incarnation of The Master from Doctor Who in the Big Finish Productions release The First Doctor Adventures Volume One[7], going on to appear as the character in 2019's 'The Home Guard'[8] and 2020's 'The Psychic Circus'[9].

Selected works[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Thin Ice Greg
1995–96 The Thin Blue Line Constable Kevin Goody TV series (14 episodes)
1995–96 Absolutely Fabulous Christopher TV series (2 episodes)
1996 Boyfriends Paul
1999 Notting Hill Martin
1999–2001 Gimme Gimme Gimme Tom Farrell TV series (19 episodes)
2000 Gormenghast Professor Fluke TV
2000–2001 Bette Oscar U.S. TV series (18 episodes)
2004 Fat Slags Fidor Konstantin TV
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Gordon
2004 The Producers Carmen Ghia Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
2004 Waking the Dead Raymond Carstairs
2005 Willo the Wisp All voices Revival to original 1981 series
2006 Colour Me Kubrick Melvyn Prescott
2006 My Hero George Monday / Thermoman TV series (8 episodes)
2006-7 Cabaret Emcee Lyric Theatre, London
2007 Double Time Lawrence Nixon/George McCabe
2007 Nina and the Neurons Felix (voice)
2009 Casualty Rory TV
2011 The Sarah Jane Adventures Harrison TV
2012 Midsomer Murders Ralph Ford TV
2012 Holby City Felix TV
2012 Whitechapel Charlie Cross TV
2012–2017 Mount Pleasant Reverend Roger TV
2013 Dandelion & Burdock Dandelion TV
2013-14 Candide Dr Pangloss Menier Chocolate Factory, London
2013 Shameless School Inspector TV
2015 Father Brown Binkie Cadwaller Episode 3.10 "The Judgment of Man"
2015 Scottish Mussel Headmaster

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How We Met: James Dreyfus & Robert Portal". The Independent. 11 May 2008.
  2. ^ Wylie, Ian. "Double trouble for James". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  3. ^ Fletcher, Mary, Why life's looking Goody for James, TV Times, pg 31.
  4. ^ Thomas Quinn. "Interview: James Dreyfus". thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Our interview with James Dreyfus". sheengate.co.uk. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b Our interview with James Dreyfus. Interviewed by Rob Edwards. Sheengate Publishing. 31 January 2013.
  7. ^ https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/doctor-who-the-first-doctor-adventures-volume-01-1692
  8. ^ https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/doctor-who-the-home-guard-2060
  9. ^ https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/doctor-who-the-psychic-circus-1291

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